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Old 10-26-09, 12:37 PM
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Need outer jacket recommendations

My performance illuminite jacket is fading out after 5 years, so looking for replacement. The current illuminite's don't have pockets and velco snap fasteners. Besides after five years, a touch of moisure
ended with wet chest.

Ok, so what would you recommend? I tried a showerspass touring jacket this morning and was better than I expected, but cold across the back and back of arms. So, what have you experienced? I was looking at the gore phanton but concerned with 1- lack of moisture protection and 2- wouild it be too warm in warmer weather.

Here are the spec's of my ideal jacket:
Requirements:
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full zipper
windproof
water resistant
front pockets with zippers
reflective strips
bright color
good zippers
Warm enough down to 20F with Nike cold base layer, shirt and balaclava
cool enough can be worn up to 80F
doesn't stick to your back in warmer weather


Like to have:
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pit zippers
UPF protection of some sort
water proof
back pockets
two way zipper
flexible
velco jacket fasteners
detachable hood


Thank you in advance for your nominee's.
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I just got an Alertshirt rain jacket that covers most of your requirements. Not sure about the cold part and it has a half zipper. Other than that its good quality for the price and VERY bright mutiple ANSI stripes. It has a fixed hood I got it large to go over layers but a smaller size may be more bike like fit.
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Old 10-26-09, 02:34 PM
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Thanks huffy. Naturally one solution for coolness is to add another layer, but hesitant to add bulk if I don't need to.
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Well, it doesn't fill all of your requirements (no bright colors, and sure as hell not wearable up to 80 degrees), but I just picked up a Hincapie Kevlar Jacket last week on bonktown, and I feel like I could ride through a nasty-ass sleet-storm while wearing that thing. And I look a little like Batman in that baby... So long as you overlook the potbelly and lack of muscles.

However, if you're really looking for three-season wearability, this is not the droid you're looking for.
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Mine has 2 front pockets and the large rear pocket. My arms sweat when I wear this even when I'm walking to the store and want to make sure people see me when I'm crossing 6 lanes of traffic at the light.
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1045432_-1___

edt: I missed the 80 degrees requirement, there's no way to wear this above the mid 50's and not sweat.
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HiYo have you looked at the latest version of the Illuminite jackets? clever magnetic snaps to get sleeves off if warmer. though rain issue is probably still the same? anyone know? I am looking at it. RonH I think got one recently? I picked up a rain jacket at REI last year and it's ok for rain but can get a little wet inside on the warmer rides. Nothing fancy I don't have it right here for product info....

Novara rain jacket.

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The old illuminite commuter from performance is fine up to 75F, marginal up to 80F and impossible
above those temps, so I switch to a light shell then. I don't care if jacket can't handle 72F+, but need it
to handle at least 72.

For the UV issue, wife ordered some spf 50 tee shirts from lands end. So I think I will be ok on the UPF issue.
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The old illuminite commuter from performance is fine up to 75F, marginal up to 80F and impossible
above those temps, so I switch to a light shell then. I don't care if jacket can't handle 72F+, but need it
to handle at least 72.

For the UV issue, wife ordered some spf 50 tee shirts from lands end. So I think I will be ok on the UPF issue.
I've got the Performance Illuminite vest too, and that's too warm for me above 60. Above that I like short sleeves so I can soak up the sunlight and make my own vitamin D.
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I'm a big fan of alertshirt.com too. I got this which keeps me nice and warm in mild Cali. winters :


http://alertshirt.com/wiflli.html


I believe Huffyman was talking about this:

http://alertshirt.com/wirajaancl3.html
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The Craft cycling rain jacket is very well made and less expensive than Shower Pass models. It is also available in neon yellow. It has pit and back vents, very water- and wind-resistant and comfortable. Pockets are in the rear rather than front. My only complaint is the cuff are elasticized rather than velcro, so you can't open them up for ventilation. Mine is a little too warm for me in temps higher than about 55 F.
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver View Post
Warm enough down to 20F with Nike cold base layer, shirt and balaclava
cool enough can be worn up to 80F

How is that even remotely possible?
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I just got this...not sure what the men's version would be?

I'm in California so the idea of zip off sleeves was appealing to me. You can wear it like a fanny pack, too.

http://tinyurl.com/yj8a7f8


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Originally Posted by aadhils View Post
I'm a big fan of alertshirt.com too. I got this which keeps me nice and warm in mild Cali. winters :


http://alertshirt.com/wiflli.html


I believe Huffyman was talking about this:

http://alertshirt.com/wirajaancl3.html

You are correct sir.
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I just got an REI Novara Conversion jacket. So far, so good. It only has one front zipped pocket, though ( on the chest); I wish it had more. The windproof-ness is very good.

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How is that even remotely possible?
20 to 40, add UA cold base layer and wind breaker pants with medium to heavy long sleeve shirt
40 to 60, just normal
60 to 70, open pits
70 to 80, open pits and front zippers, short sleeve shirt. May have to zip the tails of the jacket together behind your back
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver View Post
20 to 40, add UA cold base layer and wind breaker pants with medium to heavy long sleeve shirt
40 to 60, just normal
60 to 70, open pits
70 to 80, open pits and front zippers, short sleeve shirt. May have to zip the tails of the jacket together behind your back
Holy crap, I have to keep the pit zips on my jackets open down to 32F or so, or I get too warm.
You sir, are one cold-blooded bastid!

You might consider the J&G Yellowjacket wind jacket. Mine is going on it's 4th year of fall/winter/spring commuting, and the price is right. http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Wind-Jackets.html
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Holy crap, I have to keep the pit zips on my jackets open down to 32F or so, or I get too warm.
You sir, are one cold-blooded bastid!

You might consider the J&G Yellowjacket wind jacket. Mine is going on it's 4th year of fall/winter/spring commuting, and the price is right. http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Wind-Jackets.html
+10 on the J+G I really like mine and can wear it over a baselayer and even mid layer if needed. They are cut for comfort though so if you want something snug it may not be what you want.
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I actually have 2 jackets.
One for winter/real cold and one for summer/not so cold in case of showers.
The light one is one of those that you can put in a pocket.
The thick one is an Altura brand - not sure you have those over there.
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