How does the Lombardia stack up against the Gabba goliath?
Il Lombardia, the Race of the Falling Leaves, is the last Monument of the season and signals the end of European race calendar. Capo Lombardia is a fitting name for this jersey, therefore, considering the race often takes place in changeable conditions.
The jersey’s construction combines two fabrics, Element-4 and Thermo Roubaix, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. With regard to breathability, insulation and water repellency, its performance rivals the Castelli Gabba 2. However, the Capo is lacking in a few areas.
The hi-vis reflective panelling on our test garment covers only a small area. The fit didn’t suit our tester as well as the Gabba 2, but it is not bad. Different garments suit different body shapes, so if you try before you buy, you may find the Capo to be an excellent fit, as the fabric is stretchy.
The tail of the jersey is designed to be tucked in under the pockets when not required. Although this is a nice feature, the tail had a habit of annoyingly riding up, rendering it useless. The pockets also let the jersey down, since they were not deep enough — it felt like a pocketed pump was at constant risk of falling out.
Unlike some of the other jerseys that have been tested, the Capo doesn’t feature any drainage holes in the pockets, but at £40 cheaper for the equivalent short-sleeve Gabba, it is nonetheless an attractive option.
A great Gabba alternative. Performs well, but is not quite as refined as rival products.