The Rocka Jacket 1.61
The Rocka is a flamboyant piece. The most feature-heavy of the Chpt. /// line, it's a short-sleeve jacket that pays homage to the Rocker vs. Mod youth culture of late-20th Century Britain. It's a striking piece in the cycling world, with tech borrowed from Castelli's legendary Gabba rain jersey and a look that belongs more at home on our Ducati's than our Pegoretti's. It's also windproof and water-resistant, with a number of finishing details that make our inner fashionista giggle with glee. They include an extra-high collar with a reversible button closure that can be worn around the front on extra-cold days (or extra-slow rolls to the café), or around the back with a blaze of orange/red flare that gives access to the premium big-toothed zipper that wouldn't feel out of place on a nice leather jacket. Other small details we love? The unique sleeve articulation that gives the Rocka a very distinct look amongst cycling apparel. For those of us with typical cyclist builds, it's a welcomed change to look like we actually have a hint of upper body bulk. The drop tail is yet another design feature borrowed from the Gabba, keeping our backsides dryer in inclement weather. The single front pocket is perfect for cards and cash, but the single rear pocket is bothersome. While it's aesthetically sublime, functionally it's a bit of a pain. We'd sooner opt for the traditional three-pocket solution, but it would certainly detract from the minimalism of the Rocka.
Fit of the Rocka is svelte, yet somewhat generous in the chest and shoulders, like a nicely-tailored suit. Unsurprising, given that the Chpt. /// tops use jacket sizing instead of the traditional XS-XL taxonomy. Castelli says this allows the end user to dial in a more precise fit in the line- we'd be inclined to agree. As sizing goes up in the tops, so did room in the upper body, but the waist remained trim proportional to the shoulders. We did size up from our normal suit jacket one notch, though from a 38 to a 39.
From a performance perspective, the Rocka is outstanding in its element. It's warm. Very warm. In fact, we'd rate it as a wintery solution, and found ourselves getting a bit toasty on days when the mercury peaked over the 55-degree notch- fairly impressive, given how trim the jacket looks and feels. The short sleeves (also Gabba-inspired) definitely increase its versatility, and we were often glad to have them. The Rocka is also windproof and water-resistant, with the former not being a joke in the least, and the latter a bit interesting. Instead of a water-repellant treatment on the outside of the jacket, it seems to be buried deeper inside the layers. This leads to a heavy feeling as it absorbs moisture, but it never soaked through, and we were never cold in the Rocka, even under heavy rainfall.
- Origin: Italy
- Weight: 240g
- Conditions: 50°-64°F / 10°-18°C
- Features: Gabba inspired, rain repellant, wind resistant
- Tailored fit
- Size up from normal suit jacket one notch (from a 38 to a 39)