The Castelli Perfetto Light short-sleeve jersey offers wind proof and water resistance in a lightweight package. It's like Castelli's Gabba but not for the extreme rides...oh yeah it’s more breathable.
We all know about Castelli's Gabba - a windproof, water-resistant, and breathable jersey in a performance cut, a benchmark product for the last 6 years
The Perfetto Light is similar. It’s worth noting that it's not as windproof or as waterproof as the famed Gabba. This is a major plus coming into Spring; it’s more breathable and lighter weight, hence being suitable for warmer conditions.
The difference between the Perfetto Light and the Gabba:
The Perfetto Light (and the Gabba) use Gore Windstopper fabric. The Gabba uses Windstopper X-Lite Plus and the Perfetto Light uses Windstopper 150.
Windstopper 150 is very stretchy across its width and about 25 per cent lighter than Windstopper X-Lite Plus.
The Perfetto Light utilises Windstopper 150 on the panels at the front, on the collar, the tops of the arms and the rear of the jersey. It stops air getting through, and it's very water-resistant.
A big difference in the Perfetto and the Gabba is the rear of the garment. The Gabba is made from Windstopper throughout. On the Perfetto Light the rear panels and the back of the arms are made from Nano Light Pro fabric*.
*Nano Light Pro fabric is like the Nano Flex that Castelli uses for some tights and arm warmers, but without the brushed back. Nano Flex is a warm polyamide/elastane mix that's given a coating of silicone to make water roll off the surface rather than soaking in.
"You may think that this is filling a very small niche. But just try it. It can cover most of the conditions of the Gabba (except wet racing and very cold), it handles warmer temperatures better. And the fit is exceptional, which is one more reason you'll keep reaching for it. The consensus of our Castelli test crew is that this piece doesn't fully replace the Gabba or Fawesome, but it's another arrow in your quiver that