I noticed today that my nylon shell was soaking wet between it and my long sleeve jersey. This also happened in a little warmer weather with just the shell and a short sleeve jersey. I don't think it's sweat. Do you think that condensation has formed inbetween? Would a more breathable jacket do the same thing?
your jacket is water and wind _resistant_..so it's already breathable. nonetheless it looks warm. i'd say it IS sweat and u should dress down. in warmer weather instead of the, use a mid-layer fleece or a vest. and where u'd normally do a long sleeeve, put on the short.
Well the temp was about 52 degrees F. I didn't feel overly warm. The jacket looks warm, but is just a windbreaker (no lining). I was wearing a base layer and a long sleeve thermal jersey and felt a little on the cool side until riding. I did not feel any moisture at all, I just saw it when I took of the windbreaker at the end of my ride. It was like how a tent gets when in cold weather on the inside of the nylon.
I noticed the same thing on my windbreaker when I wore it with a heavy fleece top underneath. In my case I think it was sweat. I guess that's ok as long as the insulating layer keeps the moisture off you. Everytime I wear my windbreaker I get sweaty. I just ordered a mid weight fleece to wear over a short sleeve jersey, and then forget the windbreaker. Maybe a windbreaking vest would be a good idea. . .
I used a jacket that did work to keep the wind out but wasn't a very good choice, since I had a lot of condensation, which was not fun to peel off my skin. I went home and pulled out my goretex windbreaker and rode with that one for the rest of the day, and didn't have that problem at all. I think it may be that you need something a little more breatheable.
Sweat, condensation, it's the same thing. You are overdressed and are sweating faster than the moisture can evaporate through the jacket. Despite being called 'breathable', any jacket, especially a windproof one, slows the evaporation of perspiration. If the humidity is high the problem is worse because the air is already near saturation.
I would say I was overdressed, except all I did in my situation was switch jackets- both were approximately the same thickness (or thinness, because they were were both just thin jackets). In temperatures in the mid-30's, I just had on my warmth layer of a long sleeved, thin wool shirt, and a nylon, short sleeved jersey underneath that. But one jacket was mainly for the rain, and the other was specifically a windbreaker jacket.
rockhopper, delta V, cannondale H300, Marin Mill Valley
Is Gore wind stopper more breathable than regular Gore-tex? Anything that stops wind is not breathable, obviously, but the windstopper might let more air through. Or is it the same laminate without the DWR and taped seams, etc.?