What’s the one piece of cycling kit we can’t live without? The Castelli Gabba 2 jacket. But what makes the Gabba so good?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 10

Castelli Gabba 2 jacket

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Pros:

  • Superb fit
  • Excellent breathability
  • Good water resistance
  • Perfect length tail
  • Range of colours
  • Looks great
  • Good size pockets
  • Women's version too

Product:

Castelli Gabba 2 jacket

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Price as reviewed:

£180.00 (For the long sleeved version)

What’s the one piece of cycling kit we can’t live without? The Castelli Gabba 2 jacket. But what makes the Gabba so good? Firstly, it is excellent at keeping out the cold, thanks to the use of Gore Windstopper fabric. This textile is highly breathable and does an excellent job of expelling sweat. On cold rides, this keeps you dry on the inside even when you reach the cafe stop.

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A black convertible Gabba in action. Note the excellent fit

The fit is also very good. Tailoring is close-fitting and far more aerodynamic than a flappy soft shell or buffeting rain cape. Though not completely waterproof, the Gabba features a highly water-repellant finish and fabric, which sees off most showers with ease. What’s more, the close fit ensures the Gabba keeps you warm when wet.

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The bottom of the pockets features a mesh, to drain water

Other great features include the close-fitting tail, which does an excellent job of keeping your posterior warm and dry, drainage holes in the pockets and a zip that can be locked and unlocked. When unlocked, the jacket can be easily pulled open with one hand.

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The long sleeve version features these side vents

Though the convertible option is expensive at £220, it does offer incredible versatility — the sleeves can be zipped off to form a short-sleeve jersey. We have used the Gabba throughout spring, autumn and winter in temperatures ranging from 0ºC to 16ºC. By adjusting the layers you chose to wear underneath, almost every day is a Gabba day!

Short sleeve £150; Long sleeve £180; Convertible £220

Verdict

Although expensive, we find ourselves constantly grabbing the Gabba when trying to decide what to wear. It is incredibly versatile and we highly recommend it.

Details

Sizes:S, M, L, XL, XXL - plus women's version available
Colours:Black, blue, yellow
  • MajorMajorMajorMajor

    It’s only £180, what do you expect?

  • DocAdrianG

    The Gabba2 is poor fitting. Bunched up around the shoulders and armpits with a fitting torso. Comparatively the Gabba1 has a nice tailored fit. Used it on a cold rainy day in the Stelvio and Mortirolo. Did it’s job but needed another jacket over it for long descents.

  • Niels

    Superb fit? Are you nuts? People are very different, so a mass produced jacket cannot possibly fit everyone superbly. May I also ad that a tight fit is nothing to herald when mostly all road biking specific jackets have a tight fit. And the jacket is almost waterrepellent, my God that means it is almost a rainjacket. The next big thing then might be a jacket which is actually waterproof, but of course such Advaced technology may not appear in this millenium. Finally we need to adjust the layers to stay warm. So in addition to being soaked you will also freeze. To sum it up you only need a warm jersey and a raincoat to be comfortable in the Gabbe. What exactly do you need the Gabba for then?

  • Grimbarian 1974

    Great jacket, but I find it’s totally not waterproof / repellent when riding. Pour water on it at home and it beads off. Ride in even a light shower and it soon soaks in. However due to the material the beauty is you don’t get cold especially with a decent base layer.