The Gabba Convertible Jersey — $200
Pros: Windproof and water resistant jersey, convertible for varying conditions
Cons: You pay to have in a jersey what you could get from a jacket
The most versatile member of the Gabba line, the Gabba Convertible Jersey has long sleeves that can be removed for a windproof and nearly waterproof short-sleeved jersey.
Breathable, stretchy and warm NanoFlex fabric is similar to Gore-Tex material and makes for a serious cold weather jersey for dry or wet fall and winter weather.
The zip-off sleeves address the typical cyclist’s problem of arm warmers that won’t stay up, and make a great single piece when packing for travel in varying conditions.
A long tail keeps wheel spray off your shorts, and the waistband gripper follows the waist rather than the cut of the tail to keep it from riding up. A tall neck keeps wind and water off the rider’s neck.
The long-sleeved version has long zipper vents along the side and is available in black, white or neon yellow.
Gore offers a jacket quite similar to the Gabba jersey, the Xenon Gore-Tex Active Jacket short. The waterproof, windproof 3/4-length rain jacket was designed for wet days when a jacket with full sleeves is too warm, but the Gore-Tex jacket also keeps your core more warm and dry than most long-sleeve jerseys. The jacket retails for $300, as opposed to $200 for the Gabba Convertible Jersey, which is appropriate for a wider range of conditions with the removable sleeves.