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Old 10-10-08, 10:11 AM   #1
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Breathable, stowable, reflective, comfortable cycling jacket?

Iím looking for a new jacket to ride with for the fall and milder winter days. The windbreaker Iím currently using has fleece lined cuffs, neck and waist. Itís very comfortable, and I like it a lot. Problems are

1) Doesnít stow into itself. This means when I store it in a water bottle cage, over time some part works its way out and flaps my leg or gets too close to the chain rings.
2) Itís black, with no reflective stuff. Not exactly ideal for nighttime commuting, which will be one of this jackets primary uses.
3) No rear pocket or cell pocket. I end up with my phone/mp3 player in my pants pocket, which is workable but not ideal. I donít really have anywhere comfortable to put much else. I'd say cell phone pocket is an optional bonus, rear pocket is a must.
4) A tad short on the rear. Not surprising, since itís not a cycling jacket.

Iím not too concerned with breathability, more wind and water resistance. When I get too hot Iíll take it off, stow it in itself and jam it in an unused water bottle cage.

Any suggestions? Anything to stay away from?

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Old 10-10-08, 10:20 AM   #2
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I finally ordered one of these (off ebay, though, not from perf). Hasn't come yet. I was torn between the Craft that I ordered which appears (online) to be hi-viz plus have adequate mechanical ventilation (pitzips and back flap) and this one w/ illuminite which is definitely hi-viz but lacks any additional mechanical ventilation.

Hopefully the illuminite one will be improved in subsequent generations and I'll pick one of those up down the road.

My fallback is my blue burley rockpoint which is ninja-colored but climatologically perfect for me.
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Old 10-10-08, 10:44 AM   #3
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I have a Craft jacket and love it. Sounds like what you`re looking for
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Great to hear thanks!
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The Montane Featherlite Velo Jacket seems quite visible and it comes with a stuff sack. I don't think there are a lot of US Montane retailers though.
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I have a Craft jacket and love it. Sounds like what you`re looking for
Thanks. Just looked at the Crafts, and they all look good. There are a few to choose from though - what model do you have?
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A Pearl Izumni vest and arm warmers provide more options, plus the vest stows in a jersey pocket much easier than a full jacket
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Iím looking for a new jacket to ride with for the fall and milder winter days. The windbreaker Iím currently using has fleece lined cuffs, neck and waist. Itís very comfortable, and I like it a lot. Problems are

1) Doesnít stow into itself. This means when I store it in a water bottle cage, over time some part works its way out and flaps my leg or gets too close to the chain rings.
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This is simple to do. Fold and roll the jacket with one sleeve left out. Roll the rest of the jacket in this sleeve and fold the end of the sleeve inside-out around the rolled jacket. It can't come undone until you pull it back out.

Maybe I need to take some pictures to show this to you, but it works with pretty much any jacket and it'll fit great into a water bottle cage.
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The Montane Featherlite Velo Jacket seems quite visible and it comes with a stuff sack. I don't think there are a lot of US Montane retailers though.
I have a Montane marathon featherlite jacket, its awesome. Weighs 4 oz's and fits in a stuff sack the size of an apple. Highly recomend them.



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Old 10-10-08, 11:14 PM   #10
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Pearl Izumi Zephyr, or the knockoff: Performance Century.
I have both. High visibility yellow, with reflective piping.
Un-coated, tightly woven polyester that works very well as a windbreaker or rain jacket, but still breathes.
I fold it up and stuff it in a ziplock sandwich bag, then put it in my saddlebag.

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Old 10-11-08, 07:09 AM   #11
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i'm using this one, is much more stylish
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Al...et/5360029726/



too bad it doesn;t come in Blue or Red
it is also fold-able, and it goes down to like an apple, as shown above

extremely reflective, is excellent for rain, never got wet using that, and .... quite warm, it was suppose to be breathable, which it is... but the amount of heat i generate is so much, that having all the zippers open, doesn't breath out fast enough.
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You say you're not too concerned w/ breathability... I have a Canari that is very waterproof but it feels like i am wearing a plastic garbage bag if I get too sweaty inside it. Not fun. I'll be saving it for COLD rainy rides.
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For the budget minded.

I just bought a Sugoi on sale at www.Nashbar.com Vented pits reasonably wind proof. Breathes a LOT better then the wind breaker I was using but still get a little wet down the arms after pumping up the hills. That may have to do with my wearign a reflective vest over it that keeps it tight on me in my pre dawn comute. without the vest when I can allow air to come in and circulate around with the zip partway down its better.

$30 I think is what I paid for it. Been comfy in the mid 50f we been getting in the morning here. Packs up pretty tight for the afternoon when I don't need it. Has rear pocket and reflective details.
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Although the last post dates back to 2008, I'll use that thread instead of creating a new one since I'm looking for the same type of jacket:
  • just windproof, not waterproof, since a rain cape takes care of the rain
  • breathable fabric, not plastic + ventilation
  • bright yellow with reflective stripes
  • folds very small so it fits in my bag when not needed
  • up to Ä100/$120

Any recommendation?
www.wiggle.co.uk/cycle/cycling-windproof-jackets/
www.chainreactioncycles.com/fr/en/jackets-cycle

Thank you.
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Old 11-13-13, 06:11 PM   #15
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The 10 best lightweight windproof jackets
http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/...dproof-jackets
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The 10 best lightweight windproof jackets
http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/...dproof-jackets
Nice stuff but for commuting there is no reason to pay a premium for cycling specific clothing. There is a lot of really excellent outdoor gear that works just fine and can be had for considerably less if you shop around.
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Alertshirt.com will likely be your best bet. High quality reflective clothing at reasonable prices.
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Nice stuff but for commuting there is no reason to pay a premium for cycling specific clothing. There is a lot of really excellent outdoor gear that works just fine and can be had for considerably less if you shop around.
I agree there is some good outdoor gears but what is the title of this thread? What kind of jacket Winfried is looking for? What his 2 links are all about? cycling jackets. The best way to know what he wants is to ask him anyway. Cycling specific gear or not?

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You say you're not too concerned w/ breathability... I have a Canari that is very waterproof but it feels like i am wearing a plastic garbage bag if I get too sweaty inside it. Not fun. I'll be saving it for COLD rainy rides.
I have the same issue with a Pactimo windbreaker/rain jacket I bought last fall. Nice and light, super compact rolled up, but man it's like a sauna.
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I use the J&G yellow windbreaker:

http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Wind-Jackets.html
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Thanks for the link for the J&G jacket. I'll check if it can be found in Europe.

I'm looking for a bike-specific windbreaker, so it's bright yellow + reflective stripes, and truly breathable to avoid the sauna effect. This is why non-bike-specific windbreakers aren't a good solution.

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Thanks for the link for the J&G jacket. I'll check if it can be found in Europe.

I'm looking for a bike-specific windbreaker, so it's bright yellow + reflective stripes, and truly breathable to avoid the sauna effect. This is why non-bike-specific windbreakers aren't a good solution.
I see you're asking bright yellow + reflective stripes, is it for visibility?
If it is for visibility purpose there is a green hi-vis with giant reflective stripes everywhere (visible from outer space ), very popular among cyclists : mec supermicroft
http://www.mec.ca/product/5017-604/m...uper%2Bmicroft

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Thanks for the link for the J&G jacket. I'll check if it can be found in Europe.

I'm looking for a bike-specific windbreaker, so it's bright yellow + reflective stripes, and truly breathable to avoid the sauna effect. This is why non-bike-specific windbreakers aren't a good solution.
Sorry I didn't catch that you're in France. Still check with J&G - it's a nice jacket with good venting.
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There is some interesting stuff at decathlon:

http://www.decathlon.fr/veste-coupe-...d_8283389.html


http://www.decathlon.fr/gilet-7-****...d_8154018.html

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Sorry I didn't catch that you're in France. Still check with J&G - it's a nice jacket with good venting.
I emailed them to check if it can ordered from some retailer in Europe.

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There is some interesting stuff at decathlon
The "ultralight" model is really too thin for riding in the winter time. Too bad, because it's only €30 and folds very compact.
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