I’m going to revive this thread. I’ve hit a road block in terms of buying a fall/winter soft shell jacket.
My budget is anything from 4000-6000NT
Castelli Gabba (4700NTD)
According to reviews from cycling websites and chain reaction, the gabba is the best bang for your buck and lives up to the hype. My friend just bought it and says it’s amazing. Last weekend when it was around 16 degrees in the morning and around 19 degree at noon, he wore the jacket over his bib shorts and no base layer. This is at the top of my list, however, the only issue is I think everyone I know is wearing the gabba.
Velobici Guilder Long Sleeve Jersey (6400NTD, but can maybe get it for cheaper if brought back from UK)
This jersey isnt’ really a soft shell jacket, but according to a reliable source, it can act as one. The material is thick and breathable, but pretty sure it’s not wind proof, only water resistant. Waterproof is something I can fix with my vest or rain jacket though. Downfall here is it does not have a butt flap like a jacket.
Rapha Classic Softshell Jacket (8100NTD)
I know this jacket is above my budget, I originally didn’t want to include Rapha, but it seems like a viable choice due to it’s pretty good reviews and…well, it’s black. I do like that it does have the pockets and the butt flap. Only down fall here is the price and it’s Rapha.
Does anyone have any other suggestions or feedback they can give me on the ones I’ve chosen?