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Old 10-10-08, 10:57 AM
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Any jackets that let your arms breath?

Once i get warmed up, zip pits let some air into the torso area but do nothing to get air moving along the arms. Even if I'm warm enough to have the whole front open, still nothing gets to my arms. My arms get so sweaty and I hate the feeling of the plastic against my wet skin when i'm wearing a short sleeve jersey. Cuffs are never big enough to let any air in either. I feel like i need something similar to pit zips but along the arms. Anything out there?
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Old 10-10-08, 11:13 AM
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The zip pits on my J&G jacket go almost a foot down my arm, to within a couple of inches of my elbow. The website says the zips are 18" long, so I think it's 9" in either direction. that sounds about right. Is this what you mean, or do you mean farther than that?

http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Water...n-Jackets.html

Also, it's lined with mesh so there's no plastic against my skin. Besides, by the time it gets cold enough that I'm wearing a jacket, I'm wearing long sleeve wicking poly shirts anyway.
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A vest, and arm warmers. They keep your arms warm and they breathe.

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A sleeveless gillet is really useful. You can get them in windproof, showerproof or waterproof materials, some with more breathable back panels.
A zipped gillet can make a useful warmup layer over a sleeved wind/waterproof and you can put it on for short stops to avoid chilling out.
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Old 10-10-08, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
The zip pits on my J&G jacket go almost a foot down my arm, to within a couple of inches of my elbow. The website says the zips are 18" long, so I think it's 9" in either direction. that sounds about right. Is this what you mean, or do you mean farther than that?

http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Water...n-Jackets.html

Also, it's lined with mesh so there's no plastic against my skin. Besides, by the time it gets cold enough that I'm wearing a jacket, I'm wearing long sleeve wicking poly shirts anyway.
I'm thinking what would be better is a zipper that runs from the cuff to the elbow or bicep. Could have mesh inside so it only opens a few inches wide in the middle. Even if i wear a long sleeve wicking shirt, the arms will still be much warmer than my torso. The problem with the pit zips is air can't move forwards towards your handlebars unless you're riding backwards.
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Old 10-10-08, 03:01 PM
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My burley rockpoint pitzips go pretty much from the cuff up my arm and then down the side to below my ribcage. They don't make'em anymore but NOS stashes still turn up on ebay from time to time.
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That's basically the reason I've given up on jackets. Instead I'll wear a windvest. Various options depending on the temperature and precipiation: ss jersey and armwarmers; longsleeved jersey w/ or w/o longsleeved base layer; merino sweater.
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Yeah, different people are bothered by cold differently, but for me my arms always get hot early. And once I discovered that I didn't mind too much if they were cold when I started out, I gave up on jackets as well. For anything from about 15-50 F I can layer up with wool and polyester (i.e. base layers and cold-weather jerseys), put my windproof, mesh-backed vest over top, and be in good shape.

Above 50, my torso is OK without the vest. Below 15 (which I've only done a few times, last winter), a full jacket becomes a good thing.
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Old 10-11-08, 06:39 AM
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The best thing anyone can do in cycling jacket design, is to stop putting elastic in the cuffs, and instead use a velcro strip that can be opened to provide a loose open cuff. There are a few jackets like this out there, very few!
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Have you checked out Showers Pass jackets? The one I've got has pit zips plus cuffs that have velcro closure (but no elastic). The thing is that when the cuffs are all the way open, they act like big funnels and scoop a large amount of air up the sleeve. It also has a big vent across the back yoke of the jacket. It's made of E-Vent fabric but it doesn't feel that great against bare skin.
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Originally Posted by d2create View Post
I'm thinking what would be better is a zipper that runs from the cuff to the elbow or bicep. Could have mesh inside so it only opens a few inches wide in the middle. Even if i wear a long sleeve wicking shirt, the arms will still be much warmer than my torso. The problem with the pit zips is air can't move forwards towards your handlebars unless you're riding backwards.
I don't think I've ever been in a situation where I wanted that much ventilation and I needed a jacket at all. If it were that warm, I'd just use a long sleeve shirt (which I wear even at 100*F for SPF). I don't put a jacket on until the temps are in the 40s, and at that point a pit zip is about right.

My sleeves aren't elastic, they have velcro tightners, and if I leave them open, they pick up quite a bit of breeze.
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Yes, it's called a vest. Use with arm-warmers if that's not warm enough. DeFeet arm-warmers are very breathable.
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Old 10-13-08, 07:38 AM
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Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to look for a vest. I don't know why I didn't think of that.

I still think someone should make a cycling jacket that has arm vents of some sort to make it more versatile and easy to adjust temps while riding. If you think about it, between pit zips and the main front zipper and some that even have a vent on the back, they torso has a lot of venting options. But the more you vent the torso, the bigger the difference in temps between the two. Your torso could be chilly while your arms are sweating profusely.
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I bought a tourmaster sentinel jacket of these at the motocycle shop, there are zippers under the sleves, not to heavy, breathss, chest, and waise draws to keep it tight, and a hood for under the helmet, it is waterproof. It also has lots of reflective area both front and back.

http://www.newenough.com/raingear/ja...in_jacket.html
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