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Old 08-26-06, 07:26 PM   #1
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Performance Transformer Jacket

I'm looking for a light jacket to use during the mild san diego winter. Normally I can get away with a wind vest and arm warmers, but when it does get rainy and windy my usual set up isn't enough. The Performance transformer jacket, http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1130, caught my eye as the arms zip off and the sleeve openings are adjustable for ventilation as well. Anyone have any experience with this jacket or know of similar jackets?

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Found a couple more in case anyone has any experience with them:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/121...ble-Jacket.htm

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I believe that I have that Performance jacket, but I bought it last year (or early this year) at an introductory price of 29.99.

It is a very thin jacket, but for fall and spring of NC, it is perfect. I can't think of any problems with it, it hasn't suffered any split seams or anything. I've only removed the sleeves a few times, but they are easy to remove and easily reinstall.
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Thanks for the input. I hope they put it on sale for the price you got, that's a pretty good deal.
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My family bought me a Transformer jacket, but it had to be returned. I would have had to have about a 32 inch waist to wear the XL. The chest was big enough but the rest of the jacket was the most bizarre cut I have ever seen.
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I have done lots of San Diego winter cycling. It is a pretty nice climate. You will have the exception when you take off at 7:30 am and it is around 45. That plus the fog is a pretty chilly downhill.
I have an earlier version of this jacket. It is ok normally. On the coldest of mornings you might need to have really good gloves, warm socks, and a warm underall t shirt, under your jersey. But , since it is usually 70 by noon, you need be able to fit all this stuff in your jersey pockets.
But, then maybe I am more warm blooded than most.
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I use that jacket to commute up here in SF Bay. If I need more than a tshirt/jersey it is very good all the way up to just past heavy drizzle. Being able to remove the sleeves is pretty nice as well. Since it doesn't really get that cold (or warm for that matter here) I wanted something thin, and of all the ones I looked at it was about 8 of 10 on the thin factor. The ones above an 8 cost 2 or 3 times as much.
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I have done lots of San Diego winter cycling. It is a pretty nice climate. You will have the exception when you take off at 7:30 am and it is around 45. That plus the fog is a pretty chilly downhill.
I have an earlier version of this jacket. It is ok normally. On the coldest of mornings you might need to have really good gloves, warm socks, and a warm underall t shirt, under your jersey. But , since it is usually 70 by noon, you need be able to fit all this stuff in your jersey pockets.
But, then maybe I am more warm blooded than most.
I'm right along the coast so I know what you mean about the fog. This morning on my ride it was 62 degrees and foggy, but with that cold coastal wind it felt like alot cooler.

Last winter the coldest I rode in was the high 30s. Within 15 minutes I was shedding layers as when it gets that cold it's always clear as a bell so the sun warms things up fast. It's the foggy, windy, sunless mornings where I get the coldest and could use a jacket to keep the wind out.

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I just bought a Canari Eclipse jacket from Nashbar; it'll be a few weeks before the weather here is cool enough for me to properly try it out, but I mention it because it's on sale right now for $35, if you happen to wear a small (38"-40" chest) or medium (40"-42").
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...All%20Products

I haven't seen a Performance Transformer Jacket first-hand, but it sounds like the Eclipse is comparable; it's light, it looks rain- and wind-proof, the sleeves zip off and there's a vent in the back (and more pockets than the Transformer -- two side and one back pocket, all zippered).
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Living a little inland, I recall feeling really cold on a downhill at 43 degrees. Makes race bikes difficult in January, since all that stuff will be unneeded by 10. Problem is where do you put it all.
Layering is a good plan. At 43 degrees, a light jacket almost seemed to work if you had on multiple layers underneath. I quickly notice the cold about my hands , feet and neck. I suggest thermal t shirts might work almost as well as a winter jacket? They can be purchased with long sleeves.
Guess one solution is to start you ride at 9:30. Hated January tho, seems fog might last until almost noon couple days a week.
43 degrees in Minnesota in January, you'd have nudist swimmers jumping into the lakes though holes in the ice.
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ephemeron - thanks for the info, unfortunantely I wear either a large or xl depending on the manufacturer.

cyclezealot - I'm not sure a thermal shirt would work as well as a jacket. It doesn't keep the wind off and I'm not sure how well they wick. I'd probably be better off with getting some thicker arm warmers for the real cold/windy mornings/drizzly mornings. I get cold hands fast so I'm probably going to get some polypro glove liners to help with that and as for my feet, coolmax socks with thin wicking sock underneath works well in winter to keep my feet dry and fairly warm. I've seen guys around here with shoe covers on a sunny winter day...it's that wind that gets everyone.

I usually start my rides early in the morning..around 6 or so....I love the cold temps in winter, it's invigorating. If I ride later in the day it's usually because it was pouring in the morning (rare).

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Love the San Diego climate. I think it's downside is fog. I just do not like fog. That clammy feeling. ONly lasts so many months. At 6 am it can be pretty humid.
But, some of these thermal underwear, sports figures wear it and swear by it. I guess, I thought maybe thermal underwear along with a light jacket. ? might work on the mid 40 degree days.
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I love foggy weather, but that clammy feeling does get a bit annoying after a while. I'll take that over hot and sunny any day though.
For the really cold days I think a base layer, plus a light longsleeve wicking shirt or arm warmers and a light jacket on top should work. I just feel thermal underwear would be too hot for me. I can sweat in that stuff just sitting around.
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