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Old 02-15-09, 11:02 PM
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jacket for cold but dry days?

I'm looking for a hi-viz fluorescent neon yellow-green lime jacket that isn't coated or layered for water resistance so won't get sweat-damp inside like my Performance Ultra rain jacket does.

Running jackets seem geared the same way as bike ones: toward people looking for a single jacket to do it all and thus be water-resistant while claiming "breathability."

I haven't found a plain nylon windbreaker in conspicuous colors.

My plan is to layer a jacket for conspicuity & keeping the wind out over cheap polar fleece so I can afford to get a few. Long sleeve bike-specific jerseys are too $$.
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Old 02-15-09, 11:08 PM
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There are windbreaker jackets from Belleweather and Pearl Izumi that are uncoated, high viz yellow.

rocking for biking in the dry!
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Old 02-15-09, 11:39 PM
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I'm not 100% sure, but I think there may be a real difference in breathability between "waterproof" jackets and "water resistant" jackets.
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Old 02-16-09, 12:12 AM
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It will help us help you if you specify an ideal price range.

Montane has such garments in their Fast & Lite collection.

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Got an IP Barrier jacket last year and couldn't be more pleased. For wet weather gear I found http://www.bicycleclothing.com and purchased the jacket, pants and helmet cover. All WP, breathable(?). Very well designed and have never 'overheated' in the rain. I use neoprene booties or Lake winter road shoes depending on the temp. Also, a pair of Craft winter tights...phenomenal. Seal Skinz w/merino wool socks and Merino wool close knit base layer(3.00 each a/t thriftstore...Perry Ellis, no less.) gives 3 layers w/a balaclava and hooded jersey. Gloves are Gordini Summit II from campmor.com for 20.00 on closeout. For addtional coverage I received leg and arm warmers for Christmas presents this past year. I'd say I'm set for winter for the next 10 years.

When I ordered the Craft tights the suppier sent me a jacket instead and I almost kept it and re-ordered the pants, but money was a little tight during the holidays. The jacket was top notch, though. It's cheaper than the IP Barrier, too.
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I use an unlined nylon jacket I got free from Sports Illustrated for renewing a gift subscription for my stepson. A mesh reflective vest goes over that or whatever else I am wearing. Vests are about $4.00 at Harbor Freight. I look at the stuff in the bike shops and almost always end up with cheap stuff that works as well.
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Originally Posted by Bill Shanks View Post
I use an unlined nylon jacket I got free from Sports Illustrated for renewing a gift subscription for my stepson. A mesh reflective vest goes over that or whatever else I am wearing. Vests are about $4.00 at Harbor Freight. I look at the stuff in the bike shops and almost always end up with cheap stuff that works as well.
This is pretty much what I do.

I wear $5 windbreakers from GoodWill with a hi-vis reflective vest over, if I'm concerned about the color. I layer up under as required for colder rides.
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AlertShirt ANSI Class-III Windbreaker

It's about as breathable as you can get while still being a windbreaker. The photo is spot on with respect to the thinness of the material. You can see through it a bit.

Their hi-viz wicking long-sleeve t-shirt is my favorite piece of spring/fall commuting gear. Also available without the reflective stripes at $7 less.

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...Their hi-viz wicking long-sleeve t-shirt is my favorite piece of spring/fall commuting gear. Also available without the reflective stripes at $7 less.
Mine too (w/o the stripe). I have a yellow one for night (Spring and Fall under a no-longer-waterproof-discarded-sleeves PI jacket), and an orange one for day. I have a couple of sleeveless ones for summer, too. Pretty hard to beat.
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