CHPT3 Rocka MK2 1.63 Some words from David Millar; This is our variant of my favourite racing garment, the Castelli Gabba. It has all the same properties, only cut in a manner that makes it more fitted to everyday use. The most striking difference is the collar; it is secured with one button: when not required it can be wrapped around the rear of the neck and fastened to the same button. This reveals the Rosso Fuoco colour on the inside of the Rocka, a bright contrast to the military-like functional of the green and navy versions exterior. (The Rosso Fuoco version combines its bright exterior with a classic outer space liner)
This two-tone material was specially made for this design and is nearly 20% lighter than the material used for the Gabba. The Rocka is designed as an outer shield. Although not water-proof it is water repellent, windproof, and breathable, able to protect you in all but the most extreme of conditions, hence the protective collar. There is a storm- flap protected key pocket on the front. (The rear now features twin storm flap covered pockets)
The name originates from the motorcycling culture of the mid-twentieth century, the Rockers. I always felt more aligned to that than the scooter culture, the Mods (when it comes to going on my bike, I like to feel like a Rocker, not a Mod). Where the Mods would wear sharp suits the Rockers would wear leather biking jackets, most of which had wraparound buttoned collars.
Don't get me wrong; I love a sharp suit. In fact, it was my tailor in London, Timothy Everest, who helped shape the collar and inspire the contrasting two-tone material, much like the suits he makes for his bespoke clients. The pleating of the shoulders was created to give more movement and create a sharper edge, contrary to the pure aerodynamic properties required of the Gabba. In fact, the whole cut has been designed to give a little more room, more comfort and a more defined silhouette than the race version.
- Inspired by the Gabba the Rocka is a foul weather riding garment
- Rain repellent fabric
- Totally windproof
- The reversible collar can be buttoned across the neck for greater protection
- Twin rear pockets with storm flap
- Front pocket with storm flap
- Insert suspended shoulders
- Weight: approx 276g
In 2015, the Chpt3 project provided the newly-retired David Millar, and designer Richard Pearce, with the opportunity to work alongside long-time sponsors to create something truly different and exclusive. A collaboration with Castelli launched the brand; a collection of lovingly designed cycling garments that fuse the latest material technology with a sartorial elegance opposed to the billboard stylings of the peloton. The result is the ultimate in both performance cyclewear and coffee-stop chic. Read more about CHPT3.
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