The Gabba changed the way you dress for moderate conditions. So Castelli brought Gabba-like construction to their top-of-the-line full-on rain jacket but they needed some new technology. They worked with eVentÂ® to develop the lightest ever (and exclusive) version of their PTFE high-breathability membrane. Castelli tested that with Team Cannondale-Garmin riders and got unanimous approval.
Cycling rain jackets have until recently really been repurposed mountaineering jackets: bulky construction, mountaineering fabrics, insufficient breathability, terrifying aerodynamics.
Time to rethink rain jackets
The new jacket had to be lighter, more compact to fit in a pocket, and more aero than ever before so Castelli also developed an extreme stretch version of the fabric to use on the shoulders, elbows and side panels. The resulting jacket fits close to the body and has minimal volume, yet without being too tight and binding when in the tuck position.
They really have thought through all the details. From easy opening to closing cuffs and the fact that you don't want to pull up the jacket to access your jersey pockets when it's raining. Things like making the zipper easy to open and close even though it's completely waterproof.
There's so much innovation in this jacket that Castelli believe they've just invented another category changer.
Exclusive ultralightweight 70 g eVentÂ® fabric
Stretch water- and windproof inserts at elbow, shoulder,
side panel and spray flap
YKKÂ® waterproof Vislon zipper
2 external rear pockets
Quick-lock drawstring wrist closure with magnetic string keeper
Silicone elastic waistband
Reflective trim for 360Â° visibility
Fully taped seams for total waterproof construction
Packs up small to easily store in jersey pocket
Weight: 194g (Large)
Temperature Range: 6Â°-20Â°C / 43Â°-68Â°F
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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