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Introducing Castelli Gabba R

The sixth generation of the Gabba takes Foul Weather Race Protection to a new level.

Castelli Press Release — We are thrilled to unveil the Gabba R, the most aero jacket we’ve ever tested and the pinnacle of foul-weather race gear. With cutting-edge fabric technology and meticulous design, the Gabba R sets a new standard for aerodynamics, waterproofing, and breathability, revolutionising the cycling experience for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

The Gabba R represents the culmination of years of research, development, and testing to create the ultimate race jacket for cycling in cool and wet weather. Building upon the legendary Gabba series, renowned for its performance in challenging conditions, the Gabba R introduces a brand-new fabric technology, exclusive to Castelli by performance fabric innovation leader ITTTAI®, that combines stretch-fit functionality with unparalleled water resistance and breathability. Crafted with an electro-spun external membrane, the Gabba R keeps rain at bay while maintaining exceptional airflow, ensuring comfort and performance in any weather conditions.

Designed for the demands of pro racing, the Gabba R boasts a close-to-body fit and aerodynamics akin to a speedsuit, as well as water protection like a rain cape. We proudly introduce the Gabba R. The “R” stands for Race.
With “race” in its name, clearly, aerodynamics are paramount in creating a better race Gabba. Wind tunnel tests have demonstrated remarkable aerodynamic gains. Through two separate wind tunnel tests, augmented with tests on the road, we’ve seen that in some positions and speeds the Gabba R will actually be faster than a Sanremo BTW Speed Suit as used by the Soudal Quick-Step team. In a “normal” road position, the Gabba R tests about 1% faster at speeds from 37 to 50 km/h, while in an extremely aggressive low position, the Gabba R is merely about 1% slower than the Sanremo BTW suit.

Comparing new and old Gabbas, the short-sleeve Gabba R tests 2.5% faster than the Gabba RoS 2, meaning that you’re saving 2 to 2.5 seconds per kilometer at 40 km/h. The long-sleeve Gabba R surpasses the Perfetto RoS 2 Jacket by 3.5% and the Slicker Pro rain jacket by 4.5%. The tests were conducted at speeds of 40 km/h and 50 km/h, as these jackets were specifically designed for aerodynamics at peak racing speeds.
“We are proud to introduce the Gabba R, a game-changer in foul-weather race apparel, just like its predecessor,” said Steve Smith, Castelli brand manager. “With its unparalleled combination of aerodynamics, waterproofing, and breathability, the Gabba R empowers cyclists to push their limits, no matter what Mother Nature has in store.”

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