Commuting - "Warm" weather, breathable cycling jacket recommendation
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I am looking for a light weight breathable jacket. Anything 60+ degrees I can ride to work with a wicking short-sleeve shirt. For 30-45, I have a lined jacket that works well. I want something that will take the edge off in the morning at 45-60 degrees and will stuff into my bag when it is warmer in the afternoon as I ride home. I am tired of sweating under my non-breathable rain jacket. I don't need anything for the rain.
09-17-09, 08:56 PM
For me, a long sleeve wicking shirt does fine above 50 degrees. I might be a bit chilly for about 2 minutes but, once I get the furnace burning, I'm good. Below 50 degrees I go with a fleece jacket over the long sleeve poly shirt. You can pick these up at a goodwill or salvation army store for a few bucks. Go with one that zips up as you can unzip if you get too warm.I
for me, a long sleeve wicking shirt does fine above 50 degrees. I might be a bit chilly for about 2 minutes but, once i get the furnace burning, i'm good. Below 50 degrees i go with a fleece jacket over the long sleeve poly shirt. You can pick these up at a goodwill or salvation army store for a few bucks. Go with one that zips up as you can unzip if you get too warm.i
45 to 60F I weat a long sleeve Alert shirt with a wind vest (open in the back).
I wouldn't wear a jacket for those temps.
I wear a long-sleeve wool shirt over a baselayer. Something like one of these.
There's cheaper ways to do the same thing, but I'm a wool addict now. It helps that I wear a large so I can get the Icebreaker sales samples that hit the internet twice a year.
09-18-09, 01:05 AM
I use a Gore Wind Stopper jacket. £80. One of the best pieces of clothing I ever bought. There are two versions: one with detachable arms and slightly dearer. I have the normal one and it's great. Real comfortable, beautiful fitting, warm, zipped front. I have the red one.
09-18-09, 11:11 AM
I really like my REI Tempest Jacket (http://www.rei.com/product/771562). It has a "windproof" front and a breathable back. It is looser than a jersey but that helps when I want to layer under it for colder weather. Nice long sleeves so they don't pull when you're stretched out. I wear it in the rain too. It eventually gets wet, but I've never found a way to stay completely dry, since I'd sweat inside anything actually waterproof, so my goal is just to stay warm.
09-18-09, 11:29 AM
I've been really happy with my PI Zephrr jacket. I've used it in temps as low as 50 over long sleeved jerseys or arm warmers. Its light, breathable and folds small enough to fit in my back pocket for the commute home. On top of it all its not that expensive. Picked mine up for only $40.
09-18-09, 02:10 PM
A light cyling specific windbreaker, I'm still using my 10 year old PI escape jacket. It's perfect. Windproof, vents in back, water resistance. Packs down small into it's own pocket and has a belt. Really good for a wide range of temps depending on layers or not. I use from about 55F alone, down to 20F with layers.
09-18-09, 02:22 PM
I just got this jacket from Galls and I'm like it...http://www.galls.com/style.html?assort=clearance&style=JA377
09-18-09, 02:30 PM
North Face Trajectory Hybrid. It's extremely light weight, has a waterproof front and a water-resistant, breathable, mesh back. Perfect for biking, running, etc.
They have a bright green color (that's on clearance) that would be perfect for visibility. I plan on picking one up soon.
Link to REI's sie - http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/795365
Backcountry.com's outlet site also has them on sale, as well as a blue color if bright green isn't your thing
09-18-09, 03:26 PM
I get too warm in anything but a short-sleeved shirt over 60F. Below that, I usually wear a merino wool sweater/jersey down to about 40. Below that, I start bringing out the windbreaker.
09-18-09, 03:58 PM
Long sleeved baselayer and windvest for me in those temps. Lots of flexibility with those, and the warm up/cool down is easier too.
Thanks everyone. I appreciate all of the recommendations.
09-20-09, 01:32 AM
Though expensive, I've like the look of this one:
The Craft Mens WS Thermal Bike Jacket - Windstopper on the front, not on the back.
09-20-09, 05:15 PM
Foe those temps, I like a polyester long sleeve T neck worn underneath my cycling jersey. Usually not need when coming home in the afternoon.
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