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    Windproof Jacket

    Well, I have been looking for some time now for a windproof jacket. It seems that the temp can be good, but the slightest breeze will still make me cold. So I am looking for something that can block the wind. I have looked at several jackets and brands. I was at the local Scheels yesterday and picked this
    Bontrager: Race Stormshell Jacket (Model #11714) one up, thinking that it was windproof. It looks like a rain jacket instead. So, should I keep it? Will it still block the wind, or do I need to return it and get a windproof jacket?

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    Seems like overkill if you are just looking for a lightweight wind breaker. I have this and it is great for days when it is 50s- low 60s and there is a cool wind.

    Bontrager: Race Windshell Jacket (Model #11708)

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    Or you can get this for a fraction of the cost of those: Performance Flow Wind Jacket
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    I prefer a vest for the wind over a jacket and have a rain jacket for when things get nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velociraptor View Post
    Or you can get this for a fraction of the cost of those: Performance Flow Wind Jacket
    Agree that you can probably get better value from Performance brand. I have their rain jacket and like it. I picked up the Bontrager Windshell because I needed something for a ride on the same day and it was convenient.

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    Waterproof will be much sweatier, worth it in rain but otherwise you're just keeping the moisture in. I picked up a Gore windstopper jacket in February for x-country ski racing, and have been using it in cold Wisconsin 'spring' riding - 35-55 degrees. Zip off arms. Definitely wind protecting with minimal sweat build-up. Even kept me dry the other night in a light but steady rain. It is heavier material than others, so not for weight-weenies, and probably too warm for 65 plus, but I don't feel a need for much protection at those temps.

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    I recently bought a Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier Lite Vest but haven't been able to try it out yet. Seems very lightweight but supposed to be breathable, also form fitting which is good so it's not baggy. I ended up needing a size smaller than I usually get, medium and it fits me very good.

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    You probably don't want something completely windproof, especially this time of year. It just won't be comfortable unless you're putting around at low speed and effort. If it keeps the wind out, it'll keep the warm in, too. And it's spring. But if you want to go that route, Goretex and eVent and a bunch of clones will do it.

    A good wind breaker will keep you from getting chilled but let some cool air in so you don't overheat, and that's much better for cycling. You can wear a layer under it on cooler days to stay warm.
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    Thanks for the help.

    I was looking at the Performance bike Jacket. In fact, that is what I was going to get until I ran into this at a local store. The only hang up with Performance Bike was that it was ordering through the mail, since they do not have a location here. I would prefer to try it on.

    Yes, I only want something to knock the wind down. I will add layers if I need warmth.

    I do not plan on riding much in rain. Its not the rain that concerns me as much as the cattle truck spraying crap on me. If we had a nice long trail system that was free of them, then I would.

    So it looks like this is going back and I will get the Performance Bike jacket.

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    An alternative that could work if your arms don't get chilled is a wind vest with a mesh or breatheable back. I like having the adjustability of separate arm warmers and a vest unless I know the conditions call for having to wear a jacket for the entire ride. An expensive version of this would be the Castelli Gabba convertible jacket. It's made with Gore Windstopper fabric, and is windproof and water resistant. It's a hybrid jacket/jersey where the long sleeves zip off to reveal a short sleeve underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milkbaby View Post
    An alternative that could work if your arms don't get chilled is a wind vest with a mesh or breatheable back. I like having the adjustability of separate arm warmers and a vest unless I know the conditions call for having to wear a jacket for the entire ride. An expensive version of this would be the Castelli Gabba convertible jacket. It's made with Gore Windstopper fabric, and is windproof and water resistant. It's a hybrid jacket/jersey where the long sleeves zip off to reveal a short sleeve underneath.
    I bought a wind vest on sale over the winter, have already used it a couple of times over a base layer and a jersey. It seems to do the job, protecting my torso from the wind, but not so much I overheat, as happens sometimes with my rain jacket or windbreaker. I know this model isn't a cycling specific brand, but it was on sale for $30, and it was my size. Most of the LBS wind vests or jackets were either very expensive or too small for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IARide4Fun View Post
    Well, I have been looking for some time now for a windproof jacket. It seems that the temp can be good, but the slightest breeze will still make me cold. So I am looking for something that can block the wind. I have looked at several jackets and brands. I was at the local Scheels yesterday and picked this
    ebay user morevalue has last year's custom program size sample Louis Garneau Superlight Speedzone jackets for $39. Actual race fit so you'll probably want at least a size or two bigger than the charts indicate.

    Packs into a jersey pocket after it warms up, mesh vent side and arm panels, opening in back to get at your jersey pockets. Available in sizes down to skinny climber type (XXS for 33-35"/27-29"/33-35" chest/waist/hips) although XL (43-45/39-41/43-45) is the biggest.

    I really like mine starting morning rides at 50 degrees or when it's a bit warmer but there's a cool breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean.
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    Just get a gilet to help warm your core body temp. I've had the same Pearl Izumi one since the late 90's. Easy to remove while I'm riding and wad up in the jersey pocket. If it's cold enough to need a full jacket then I'm breaking out the winter gear.
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    I'll agree with the proponents of vests. I have a nice rain jacket but it's too hot for almost any temp. It hangs in the closet. The vest with mesh back gets a lot of use. Not to be forgotten is the old practice of slipping a folded sheet of newspaper down the front of your jersey. This works amazingly well, especially along with a vest. When it warms up it's easy to remove and stick in your pocket. Or throw it out on the side of the road if you live in that sort of locale

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    I think you'll sweat like a pig with a windproof jacket. Have you considered a heavier weight jersey and arm warmers? The Smartwool arm warmers are really nice and shouldn't be all sweaty.
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    Have you considered a convertible jacket? Pretty versatile for a variety of cool weather temps. Cannondale morphis, pearl Izumi barrier elite convertible, Louis garnneau electra 2, performance transformer are some I've personally tried on and were nice. I own the morphis and the PI barrier, which I chose mostly because of fit. I usually wear these in high 30s -low 50s, and occasionally rain although they're not technically waterproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminden View Post
    Waterproof will be much sweatier, worth it in rain but otherwise you're just keeping the moisture in. I picked up a Gore windstopper jacket in February for x-country ski racing, and have been using it in cold Wisconsin 'spring' riding - 35-55 degrees. Zip off arms. Definitely wind protecting with minimal sweat build-up. Even kept me dry the other night in a light but steady rain. It is heavier material than others, so not for weight-weenies, and probably too warm for 65 plus, but I don't feel a need for much protection at those temps.
    ^^. this ^^

    I use a Gore Windstopper cycling jacket and love it. I use it from the mid-30's to the mid-60's. very versatile garment. The sleeves zip off, leaving a windproof vest, if desired. Mine was like $150 at REI but I'm extremely satisfied with it.
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    OK here is verdict. I kept the Bontrager because of the deal I got on it (half price). Today I ordered the Performance Bike wind jacket. Having both in the closet will leave me with choices

    I did try the rain jacket the other day to block wind and it wasn't bad. I was a little warm. The ride was flat and in the 60s. I see me wearing the rain jacket on those cold rainy days. If its warm and raining, probably won't use a jacket.

    I also like the idea of a vest and arm warmers. That seems very versatile. I just couldn't get the numbers to fit my budget

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