Chpt. /// - The Rocka 1.61 in Outer Space Blue or Climbing Ivy Green- taking its inspiration from the Gabba Rain Jersey the Rocka with its muted tone outer surface and Fire Red lining is the perfect foul weather jersey for cycling enthusiasts. Of special mention is the collar treatment. What at first appearances might be confused for a fashion addition is in fact a major innovation allowing a high protected neck when required without the discomfort of a zipper in your Adams apple - but then folding away when the conditions improve, think of it as a head thingy that you don't need to remove your helmet to engage.
The Rocka as described by creator David Millar
This is our variant of my favourite racing garment, the Castelli Gabba. It has all the same properties, only cut in a manner that makes it more fitted to everyday use. The most striking difference is the collar; it is secured with one button: when not required it can be wrapped around the rear of the neck and fastened to the same button.
This two-tone material was especially made for this design and is nearly 20% lighter than the material used for the Gabba. The Rocka is designed as an outer shield. Although not water-proof it is water repellent, windproof, and breathable, able to protect you in all but the most extreme of conditions, hence the protective collar. There is a storm-flap pocket on the front. There is only one pocket on the back, in the central position. This is to allow for compatibility with the pockets of the jersey underneath because once the Rocka has been removed from its resting place in the central pocket of the 1.21 it allows space in that area for the pocket to be used on the 1.61. Like the front pockets on both garments this pocket is protected by a storm flap.
The name originates from the motorcycling culture of the mid-twentieth century, the Rockers. I always felt more aligned to that than the scooter culture, the Mods (when it comes to going on my bike, I like to feel like a Rocker, not a Mod). Where the Mods would wear sharp suits the Rockers would wear leather biking jackets, most of which had wraparound buttoned collars.
Don't get me wrong; I love a sharp suit. In fact it was my tailor in London, Timothy Everest, who helped shape the collar and inspire the contrasting two-tone material, much like the suits he makes for his bespoke clients. The pleating of the shoulders was created to give more movement and create a sharper edge, contrary to the pure aerodynamic properties required of the Gabba. In fact the whole cut has been designed to give a little more room, more comfort and a more defined silhouette than the race version.