I've been surfing the web for awhile now trying to decide on a cycling jacket for winter riding in the Northeast...Brooklyn NY to be exact. I've also searched the numerous threads on the Forum to see what others have had to say and, I must admit, I'm more confused than ever. Every company has a different name for fabrics that block wind and rain, vent, breathe, etc.
The jackets I like the most are those from Gore and Pearl...especially those that convert to a vest since some winter days can be quite mild and removeable sleeves and pit vents seem like a good option to have. I don't plan on riding in the rain, although you can always get caught I guess, so how a jacket performs in the rain really doesn't concern me. Wind protection is important since the Northeast can get blustery at times. And then, of course, there's the breatheability factor. Like I said...all very confusing, at least to me.
I really would like to see and try on something before I buy it but the LBS's in my area don't have such a great selection and I don't want to get into the buy, return, buy, return cycle until I find something I like.
If any BF members out there ride under similar winter conditions and have a Gore or Pearl Izumi (or other) jacket that they just can't do without, I would be interested in your experiences and recommendations.