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    Hi-vis vest without a baggy fit?

    I've decided that I can tolerate looking fredly on my early morning training rides because I just feel safer in it. Can anyone recommend a Hi-vis vest that would fit like a race cut jersey? I want it to pack up small so I can take it off once the sun is out.

    Considering one of the Castelli ones from Competitive Cyclist.
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    Check our Gore Bike Wear, snug and some jackets have hi-vis strips. Love mine!

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    I have a Specialized and a Castelli vest that are racer cut and hi vis. Both have mesh backs which really help with managing sweat. I also have a very lightweight thin strechy Pearl Izumi jacket that is snug, but it's not my fave due to insufficient rear ventilation. Any of the three easily fit in a jersey pocket, but especially the Castelli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    I have a Specialized and a Castelli vest that are racer cut and hi vis. Both have mesh backs which really help with managing sweat. I also have a very lightweight thin strechy Pearl Izumi jacket that is snug, but it's not my fave due to insufficient rear ventilation. Any of the three easily fit in a jersey pocket, but especially the Castelli.
    I'm thinking along those lines. Do yo know which castelli you have?
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    canari makes the eclipse jacket/vest - has zip off sleeves, and back mesh venting, fits like a cycling vest, not a loose jacket.
    I have an older version where the back panel zips off for full mesh back exposure - not sure if the newer model does the full zip off, but does have mesh back vent for sure...
    like this...
    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/can...r-men~p~19766/

    got mine from REI a few season back, when they had it in sale...

    bulkier than a simple taffeta thin shirt, but really nice when the weather turns to crap...
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    Take a look at the pearl izumi pro aero vest. Nice tight fit many color options.
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    Rapha gilet. Been using mine for a few years now, amazing fit, no flap at all from stretch back and cuff. I have the white one not there hi-viz. Still has large reflective logo and piping.
    http://www.rapha.cc/gilet#tech-spec

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    http://www.probikekit.ca/sports-clot.../10745932.html

    they also have other colours.

    Sportful is purely Italian fit like Castelli. I have a couple of Sportful clothing and they're tighter than other brands. They sponsor Saxo-Tinkoff.

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    Better dead than Fred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrankAndYank View Post
    Better dead than Fred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by island rider View Post
    ... Do yo know which castelli you have?
    Had to look it up. It's a Castelli Leggero. It comes in a circular zipper pouch that's only 12 cm in diameter. The front is windproof and water resistant taffeta, the back is mesh, and it has no rear pockets. You may need to size up one size.

    The Castelli has very lightweight construction and zipper, so carry it if I think it may get cool. The Specialized is a bit heavier duty, slightly stretchy, and has a rear pocket, so I wear it if I start the ride with a vest, or expect to do the whole ride wearing it. It's still easily stashed in a jersey pocket if needed. I don't know the model of the Spec vest.

    Both are a couple of years old now and current models may differ.

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    I ride the castelli as well, but dont get fooled into believing the fit sizes shown on CC. I found on every piece I own I have to go up one size.

    Overall I find their gear to be the best bang for the buck, especially when I pick it up on close out at the end of seasons (not to hard to do on cc if you watch it)
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    Thanks guys. This is what I was looking to know. I'm a weird size. I'm a medium in race fit jerseys and XL in bibs. I'll get it worked out.
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    I'm anti flapping too. I went one size down on my last vest purchase and it made a huge difference.
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    I like flapping! The louder, the better! I have a PI flapper that fits well, just a really light fabric that flaps a lot. I've had it for 7 years. I think it's fun to flap, and I also use baseball cards in my spokes.
    -Tanguy Frame

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    I do not think that means what you think that means.
    "I think drivers become like dogs when they see a bicycle fly by at 40mph. Instinctively, they just want to give chase, catch them, and eat them." - Papa Tom

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