Short Sleeve

Castelli Gabba Ros W - Light Black

£169.00

An iconic piece of cycling kit that's often been 'copied' but never matched - now in its best evolution yet

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Castelli's ground-breaking Gabba jersey was born nearly a decade ago. In 2010 they launched their first Gabba for the elite peloton - and overnight it changed how they raced and trained in the rain and cold. So revolutionary was it that there were stories aplenty of pros not sponsored by Castelli using it and taping over the scorpion logo.

Whilst not fully waterproof as such, the original Gabba was so adept at keeping the upper body warm and comfortable - much like a wetsuit might - that thousands of amateur cyclists were soon wearing as their default top the moment the clouds rolled in.

Fast forward to today and the RoS incarnation of the Gabba. It's the biggest rethink to the Gabba since day 1. This version is now as good as waterproof, using Castelli's exclusive Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper fabric. The front is now warmer, with a light brushing, and the back panels are lighter and more water repellent than previous versions.

The shoulders are now seam sealed and the zip is covered. Even little cycling details like introducing two pockets that are easy to get to with gloves on, and an internal sleeve to keep other possessions from moving about.

In short, this is one of the true classics - made even better.

Size Guide

Castelli Size Guide

Note: where Castelli once had a reputation for making gear that suited only very small Italian people, the Castelli women's size scale is now very similar to 'normal' UK sizing.

TOPS & BOTTOMS:

VeloVixen Size  Chest A Waist B Hips C Inseam D
X-Small 79cm / 31" 63cm / 25" 87cm / 34" 75cm / 29.5"
Small 84cm / 33" 68cm / 27" 92cm / 36" 76cm / 30"
Medium 89cm / 35" 73cm / 29" 97cm / 38" 77cm / 30"
Large 94cm / 37" 78cm / 31" 102cm / 40" 78cm / 30.5"
X-Large 99cm / 39" 83cm / 33" 107cm / 42" 79cm / 31"

Note: the inside leg measurement is naturally less relevant for shorts than for tights! See image below for key A-D.

SOCKS:

VeloVixen Size Castelli Size Euro Shoe Size
Small S/M 35-38
Large L/XL 39-41
XX-Large 2XL 44-47

 

SHOE COVERS:

Diluvio, Belgian Booties
VeloVixen Size Castelli Size Euro Shoe Size
Small S/M 36-40
Large L/XL 40-44
XX-Large 2XL 44-48

 

All Other Shoe Covers
VeloVixen Size Castelli Size Euro Shoe Size
Small S 35-37
Medium M 37-39
Large L 40-43
X-Large XL 44-46
XX-Large 2XL 46-48

 

OTHER ACCESSORIES:

 VeloVixen Size Bras (cm) (bust | underbust) Gloves (cm) (1) Warmers (jersey size / weight)
X-Small 81-85 | 65-69 <16.6
Small 86-90 | 70-74 16.6-18.4 XS-S / 45-60kg
Medium 91-95 | 75-79 18.4-20.2 S-M / 60-70kg
Large 96-100 | 80-84 20.2-22 L-XL / 70-80kg
X-Large 101-105 | 85-89 >22 2XL / >80kg

1. Measure around your knuckles with a measuring tape 

 

Tech Spec

  • 4th generation Gabba
  • More water-resistant than ever
  • GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER 205 Warm brushed water-resistant fabric on front-facing panels
  • GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER 203 Stretch fabric on backward-facing surfaces for additional stretch and breathability
  • Taped shoulder seams for extra protection against rain and cold
  • YKK Vislon zip for easy adjustment, covered for extra protection against the elements
  • Double back pockets with pump sleeve - easily to get to with gloved hands
  • Dropped tail with large black reflective panel
  • Recommended temperatures: 9°-16°C
  • Weight: 204g

Who's Behind It?

Q. What do a 19th century Italian tailor, a designer for the Milan Ballet and the first ever lycra cycling shorts have in common?

A. They are all part of a rich 140 year history that's led to today's most recognised brand in cycling: Castelli.

Throw in a heart attack on a famous Italian climb, family feuds, Olympic gold medals and controversy in the pro peloton and it begins to sound more like a Sicilian soap opera than the backdrop to a cycling brand. But then again Castelli is no ordinary brand.

Today, Castelli's scorpion emblem is arguably the single most recognised in cycling. Iconic is an overused word these days, but the Castelli brand surely qualifies.

We first discovered Castelli on our year long ride through the Americas in 2010, when our founder Liz (pictured) wore Castelli shorts and loved them, so stocking them seemed an obvious choice. But we're almost as captivated by the story behind the name as the kit itself! For the full Castelli story (it's quite a story!), click here.

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