Fall cycling season inevitably means rain and mud, whether it be road riding or competing in that cyclocross race. As it is not always practical or efficient to wear a full on rain jacket during your ride, Castelli and Gore have come up with waterproof cycling jerseys that keep your core warm and protected from the elements, while cutting out unnecessary weight.
The Castelli Gabba WS rain jersey (pictured above) is made from Gore Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric, so completely windproof and waterproof. The 4-way stretch material is not only lightweight and breathable, but covers your upper body like a second skin.
Nano-flex fabric inserts under the arms of the rain jersey provide some extra ventilation when you are working hard. A storm flap construction at the back, with silicone gripper waistband, help keep out water and mud kicked up from the road. Three rear pockets with eyelet holes offer plenty of storage room for all your ride essentials.
Paired with some Nanoflex arm warmers, the Castelli Gabba WS is ideal for those wet days in the 45ºF-65ºF range. The rain jersey retails for $150 and is available now.
Part of the Gore Bike Wear line, the Xenon GT AS is more of a short sleeve jacket than a jersey. Made out of lightweight Active Shell fabric with a skin tight fit, the waterproof cycling jersey protects you from wind and rain, while remaining breathable for all day riding.
Similar to the Castelli rain jersey, an elongated back protects not only your backside, but also seat from any wheel splatter. If you would rather use the waterproof cycling jersey as an extra layer, the Xenon GT AS can pack up small to fit in your base rear jersey pocket.
The Gore Xenon GT AS will start shipping in February 2012 and retail for £200 in the UK and most likely around $300 in the US.