Castelli Gabba WS review

Weather proof, long sleeve jersey

BikeRadar score4/5

Castelli’s Gabba isn’t cheap, easy to pack or properly waterproof, but we’ve used this and its short-sleeved brother loads this year.

Designed as a foul-weather jersey for pro peloton riders rather than a temporary shell, you get three deep back pockets and a flap-free aero fit from Gore’s stretchy Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric.

The thin softshell material wicks well even when you’re hammering along, with two big zipped vents to help you control core temperature. While it isn’t properly waterproof, the coating shrugs off showers and long sleeves and dropped tail mean excellent coverage. 

Critically, it stays a lot warmer than a thin shell if it does get wet and we’ve been okay even in snowy conditions. Typically for Italian kit, even slim riders will have to size up though and it’s too bulky and heavy to pocket.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine, available on Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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