It’s taken nearly a year, but we’re proud to announce the arrival of our new long and short sleeve foul weather jerseys.
To write this product description without using the ‘G’ word we feel would be disingenuous. We’ve all marvelled at the rise of the Castelli Gabba in recent seasons; in particular the way the pro peloton seemed to flock to it en masse at Milan-Sanremo 2013. It has been the reference point for this type of garment for several seasons now, particularly in the way that it seems purpose built for damp British winters. Its versatility has set such a standard that it’s frankly hard to see a further step change for this genre of garment, but we believe we’ve succeeded in raising the bar a touch…
First up – fabric. We selected a Water Resistant (yes, water resistant) fabric from Italian specialists Vagotex who developed it in conjunction with two WorldTour teams whom we’re not at liberty to name. Its ‘waterproofness’ is rated at 10,000 mm. For more on how this performs in relation to the Gabba, there’s a test of the Parentini Mossa over at road.cc which uses our fabric.
It’s a mid-weight softshell. We’ve ridden an intense training ride as low as 1 degree Celsius with a mid weight base layer but we’d suggest a more realistic operating range would be 4-14 degrees. Obviously, a high intensity session at 14 degrees will make you overheat, and you’ll need a heavier winter jacket if you’re doing a recovery spin at 2 degrees. A lot of ‘tuning’ is possible using different base layers. You get the picture…
Then, cut. The nature of this garment is fundamentally race fit. It’s designed to replace your race fit jersey. This has obvious aerodynamic benefits but it also just feels faster and more powerful. Training with race fit kit is more fun!
We protoyped 3 iterations until we were happy that the fit was sufficiently slim and specific to a cyclist’s physique. It’s pretty unforgiving, but we believe that the kind of riders who’ll be using this consistently will fit that shape. We also added 40mm to the original proto sleeve length. Compared to a ‘normal’ jersey, this may seem somewhat extreme, but bear in mind that in wet conditions, water will run down the arms.
The arms need to be able to overlap the glove as much as possible. Factor in also the aero / ‘attack’ racing position where the elbow is bent and those 40 millimetres take on a greater significance. Note finally, no ‘wicking’ cuff at the end to drag water inside.
We added a storm flap as has become customary for this type of jersey. It alleviates that sinking feeling as the jet of cold water from your back wheel hits your lower back and runs down…. you know. And of course, reflectives.
Finally, printability. Well, we are custom clothing specialists. One of the hallmarks of this product group in the recent past has been a sea of solid colours with distinctive simplistic transfer printing. No longer. The Acquaviva (long sleeve) and Burrasca (short sleeve) are completely sublimated so we can produce them in your team colours starting at 10 units minimum as with our other main clothing lines.
Contact Us to find out more about these exciting new jerseys.