When Castelli launched the Gabba jersey, it was quite the game changer. Prior to the Gabba, we never dreamed that you could have that type of wind and rain protection without resorting to some kind of shell. Castelli dabbled around making different versions of Gabba jerseys before deciding to dedicate that name to the original, a short sleeve all-weather jersey. And because everyone referred to that kit as "perfect" the Perfetto name was chosen for a line of race-fit, weather-resistant long-sleeve jerseys, vests, and lighter weight jerseys that share technical details that make the Gabba such a celebrated jersey. Sometimes the pros can sometimes be a finicky bunch and they asked Castelli to create something warmer than the Perfetto vest but cooler than a Gabba jersey. The result? The Women's Perfetto Light Jersey.
One change from Gabba to this Perfetto Light is the move to a Windstopper 150 fabric on the front panel, sleeves, and yoke. This is a full 25% lighter than the material used on the Gabba, allowing this jersey to cover much of the range and offer similar protection as the Gabba, while better suited for warmer temperatures, and frankly, it better meets the demands of the conditions we are more likely to see in competition. The soft, 4-way stretch material doesn't let the wind in, but it does let moisture and water vapor out. This breathability and weather protection lends itself well to high output activities in variable conditions.
Like the Gabba, Castelli uses Nano Light Pro fabric on the back, the same material used on the Nano Flex tights, sans fleece backing, that sheds water and allows significant breathability. Three rear pockets allow for plenty of room for food and extra gear, while laser-cut holes allow for water drainage. The pockets also deviate from accordion-style construction between pockets and jersey for a more refined look and ease of access. Below the pockets, an extended storm flap offers additional protection from wheel spray.
Other details include an articulated collar preventing any looseness and water and wind ingress while riding and a front zipper featuring an external flap for extra protection. The Gabba's reflective stripes are replaced by Castelli reflective branding on the storm flap, helping improve visibility during rain and low-light hours.
Castelli recommends the Perfetto Light in the temperature range 50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher end might be a bit warm for this jersey, especially when hammering through intervals or riding at racing efforts. Its pro-fit, insulating characteristics, and low weight make it ideally suited for racing in unpredictable spring conditions especially when paired with a base layer and arm warmers. Enthusiasts or riders building low-intensity base miles will find that the Perfetto works comfortably into the high-60s, depending on personal temperature preferences.