Nylon windbreaker shell...is it good for anything?
...or did I waste my money?
I picked up this Canari Microlight Shell at my local Dick's Sporting Goods, where it was on sale. I had been keeping my eye out for some hi-viz outerwear, because I believe it makes a big difference when riding with traffic.
Anyway, it's fine except for one huge problem: it doesn't breathe. At all. It's ripstop nylon, and I completely underestimated its ability to trap moisture.
The first time i went out with it on a chilly morning this weekend, I was really impressed with how it cut the wind. But I was also impressed, negatively, by what I noticed after just a few miles of riding. The sleeves were seriously moist on the inside from condensed sweat. Dripping...Gross. But I figured it was my fault for wearing short sleeves underneath it.
So I tried again yesterday, and thought that having something absorbent in those sleeves would be a good idea. So I wore a long-sleeved cotton tee...not my normal cycling gear, but I was experimenting. Didn't turn out well...all that happened was that I ended up with soggy sleeves underneath a steamy shell.
So I have a dilemma. I really want to use this thing. I really like the idea of being garishly bright colored, especially as I plan on commuting more frequently to work. Besides that, it's light and it fits well. But as much as I like it, I'm not a fan of being contained in a Ziploc bag.
I can't exactly take it back now; I've gotten it covered in sweat twice. So, I'm left to figure out how to make it work for me. Perhaps there's a proper combination of clothes that can keep the condensation at bay. Or maybe even some way of modifying it to let it breathe.
So am I misusing this thing? Does anyone have a similar jacket that they use, and what's your secret?