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Old 11-16-13, 08:41 PM   #26
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Since no one has mentioned Gore Bike I will. I have reluctantly reached the conclusion that you get what you pay for in bike clothing, at least when it comes to breathability. I have a J&G jacket, a Showers Pass jacket and finally bought a Gore Bike Path jacket. The Gore is perfect in my opinion. Yes, the cost is obscene, but I've worn it in summer showers comfortably and rode in a cold, 40 degree (F) shower Friday. It wicks better than anything I've experienced.
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I have an Pearl Izumi Elite barrier convertible jacket that I like as a multi-condition all around layer. Mine is a couple years old, but I think the new ones are almost the same. I just saw one at REI yesterday. It was on sale in the store, but the website doesn't seem to reflect it. It seems pretty easy to find this one on sale somewhere.
http://www.rei.com/product/856604/pe...ke-jacket-mens

Its pretty lights and packable, but more wind/water resistant then proof. If you want something wind/water proof consider something like a Gore bike jacket if you can find one on sale.

I really like the convertible option, and use it as a vest a lot, putting the sleeves on when its colder or wet. It does fit a bit loose for road bike gear (or just runs a bit big), but this may be and advantage or disadvantage depending on what you want.
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Old 11-20-13, 12:58 PM   #28
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Since no one has mentioned Gore Bike I will. I have reluctantly reached the conclusion that you get what you pay for in bike clothing, at least when it comes to breathability. I have a J&G jacket, a Showers Pass jacket and finally bought a Gore Bike Path jacket. The Gore is perfect in my opinion. Yes, the cost is obscene, but I've worn it in summer showers comfortably and rode in a cold, 40 degree (F) shower Friday. It wicks better than anything I've experienced.
I will second that Gore bike wear is great, and generally you get what you pay for in terms of quality. Gore is great for wind or water poof gear that actually breathes. My only complaint with the gore jackets is I wanted something with some vents I could open for extra cooling off. Gore doesn't seem to add opening vents as they don't want to compromise the water proofing with extra zippers and seams that could fail.
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Old 11-21-13, 01:22 AM   #29
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Old 11-21-13, 05:42 AM   #30
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for the price, I like the Performance Transformer
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Old 11-21-13, 08:53 AM   #31
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my strategy for buying cycling specific (expensive) clothing is to regularly visit local retailers and try stuff on, so that when an item my size goes on sale I snatch it up right away. yes, this is the long game, I know but it's pretty awesome to get something amazing for 50% it's original price. yeah it might take a year or so to snag a particular item, but it definitely pays to be a regular visitor to places like REI, Dick's Sporting Goods & Landry's Bike Shop in Natick, MA. and where "comfort" is important, trying something on is my personal preference. I got lucky this summer with a new rear trunk purchase. it wasn't on sale but it was perfect for the family camping trip. I had been casually shopping for another to add to the family fleet so when I found something "perfect" I didn't mind laying the $100. I pretty much shop for cars & tires the same way. next spring keep you eye out for XL winter tights for 1/2 price!
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