Why do I need The Castelli Gabba Jersey?
What is the ultimate product endorsement? What you read on the forums, what a review in a magazine says? What you hear at a coffee stop? When do you really know that a product is REALLY good? Well for us the ultimate endorsement is when a Pro pays to use a non-sponsored product or other brands start copying you. You then know that this isn’t just a good product its a great product. And the Castelli Gabba Jersey is the greatest of them all.
Sharp eyes will notice how many pro riders from other teams use the original Gabba with the logos blacked out. Some other brands have tried to copy it, but pros know they’re at a disadvantage if they don’t have a real Gabba. Products like the Gabba WS Jersey define Castelli. Based on pro rider needs, created to offer a tangible competitive advantage, and developed in a no-compromise pursuit of performance.
Left: a non-Garmin rider wearing a blackout version the Gabba jersey at Amstel Gold Race.
Right: Brajkovic with the Castelli Gabba LS Jersey. The weather for Stage 3 of Volta a Catalunya (2012) was shocking with rain, sleet, snow and cold temperatures. Perfect condition for wearing the Castelli Gabba Jersey.
Left image; Luca Paolini (Team Katusha) well protected from the elements with the tight-fitting non-branded aero Castelli Gabba jersey.
Right image; Tour de France 2012, a Lotto rider spotted wearing a bought Gabba Jersey.
Of course Castelli supply the Italian National Cycling Team too. Castelli not only supply the race jersey and short, but the full aero-wardrobe, including Sanremo SpeedSuit, Body Paint SpeedSuit, Gabba WS Jersey, Aero Shoe-cover’s etc. So its hardly surprising that when the squad get back to there trade teams they still want to wear Castelli.
Left image; Brajkovic warming up before the start of the London Olympic Time-Trail wearing the Gabba Long-Sleeve version.
Right image; So impressed where Quickstep with the Gabba Jersey they got Vermarc to blatantly copied the design right down to the reflective tape on the pockets!
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We couldn’t help but notice that not only do the pros love the Castelli Gabba Jersey, it’s pretty clear that some other cycling clothing companies were directly inspired by Castelli innovation. I guess we should be flattered, even though it feels more like we’ve just been ripped off.
left image; Bjorn Leukemans, Team Vacansoleil. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013.
Right Image; Craft win an award at Eurobike for a foul weather aero jersey, 2 years after the Gabba is launched?
Below: Gabriel Rash, the inventor of the Gabba Jersey. It began in 2009 when a focus group of Cervélo TestTeam riders worked with our engineers to develop and improve clothing for cold and wet conditions. During one of these sessions, CTT rider Gabriel Rasch, nickname Gabba, came up with the idea of a stretchy, formfitting short-sleeve rain jersey that could be paired with the water-resistant Nanoflex arm warmers to create an outfit that was perfectly geared to the foul weather of the Spring Classics.
Another big Gabba Jersey fan, Heinrich Haussler (Team IAM) riding with his former teammates Tyler Farrar on the pave of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last week.
Two Austrian Castelli fan’s, Bernhard Plainer, a long-time road cyclist and triathlist. Stefan Denfil (Team IAM), part of the Cervélo TestTeam ‘Gabba’ focus group in 2009.
They must of thought we where mad
A short-sleeved rain jacket seems ridiculous when you first think about it. But when actually sit down and think of it its perfect, Castelli has always had this approach to innovation. The list of Castelli innovations is long, our never-ending quest for performance-based innovation takes us to strange places sometimes. Castelli has been at the forefront of essentially every breakthrough in cycling clothing since making the wool shorts obsolete.
1977 FIRST AERODYNAMIC LYCRA® SHORT
1981 FIRST COLORED LYCRA® SHORT
1983 FIRST SUBLIMATION PRINTING OF JERSEYS
1984 FIRST FUNCTIONAL THERMAL WINTER CLOTHING (THERMODRESS)
1996 FIRST FULLY AERODYNAMIC SKINSUIT
1998 FIRST MODERN BIB SHORT, INTRODUCING THE Y-CUT SEATPAD (PROGETTO Y)
1998 FIRST WICKING FABRIC TREATMENT (PROSECCO)
2008 FIRST RADIATING INSULATION (RADIATION)
2010 FIRST ONE PANEL BIBSHORT (BODY PAINT BIBSHORT)
2010 FIRST AERODYNAMIC RAIN PROTECTION (GABBA WS JERSEY)
2012 FIRST SPEEDSUIT MADE FOR ROAD RACING (SANREMO SPEEDSUIT)
Nothing can stop us from racing. A direct result of our partnerships with the professional cycling teams, the Gabba WS Jersey is a foul-weather version of our form-fitting Aero Race Jersey. Simply put, it’s the most high-tech wet-weather garment on the market.
Cut long in back to keep wheel splash at bay, and paired with our water-resistant Nano Flex arm warmers, we figured out that a short-sleeve jersey would provide sufficient core protection while not being too hot for racing conditions.
So why do I need the Castelli Gabba Jersey
Because you ride in the UK, because conditions are always changing, because you dont need to carry an emergency shell, because its aero saving you energy, because a water resistant jersey makes perfect sense, because its Castelli. The Castelli Gabba Jersey perfect for racing sportives and training. Oh and if thats not reason enough its got a scorpion on it.
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