Castelli expands winter offering with cyclocross and winter onesies, custom Gore-Tex style kit

  • By Emily Zinn
  • Published Nov. 1, 2012
  • Updated Nov. 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM EDT
The Gabba Convertible Jersey can be worn with long sleeves, or they can be removed and it becomes a short sleeved jersey. Photo: Emily Zinn |

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.

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Emily Zinn

Emily Zinn

Emily Zinn spent her infancy in the back of a women's team van while the team built wheels around her. She spent part of her pre-teen years in Europe following the major European mountain, road and gravity races and touring cycling product factories. College was the first time she lived in a home without a frame building shop in her garage or basement. Her favorite style of riding is getting lost in singletrack trail networks and taking her time finding her way back.

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