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ASSOS iJ Bonka.6 jacket?

Old 06-29-15, 07:15 PM
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ASSOS iJ Bonka.6 jacket?

Anyone own one of these and have feedback on it?? I ride a lot at night and want to find something good at and / winter and found one for a good deal, but not much info on it.
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Old 06-29-15, 07:47 PM
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You live in Irvine. You don't know what winter is I'd say you need to be Bonkas to buy one.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27 View Post
You live in Irvine. You don't know what winter is I'd say you need to be Bonkas to buy one.
Isn't that true? I also live and ride in SoCal, have three winter cycling jackets, and don't remember the last time I wore one. I now use them mostly when hiking into the mountains. For cycling, long sleeve jerseys or arm warmers are always good enough.
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Old 06-29-15, 10:22 PM
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Ok so it's probably overkill even in the winter and at night? I figured for $50 new with tags it was worth getting just to have, but if it's too much off to ebay so I can get a jersey with sleeves and maybe a new bib.
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I'm just giving you a hard time. $50 would be a very good deal...if it is real...I don't think it would be overkill at all, it would be very nice to have for the winter and at night. Just be careful riding at night with a black jacket.
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The bonKa series is designed for above freezing winter temperatures, which you probably have. For night riding, the bonKa jacket might not be great, because the back is black, regardless of the jacket color. The haBu jacket is black in front and colored on the back, which might work out better. I have the tiburu jacket, which is white on back with the color on the front, and is probably the best for night. There is also the sturmPrinz EVO which could be a good overshell. It can be had in a bright red which is on both the front and back, plus it has some reflective detailing.
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Assos iJ.bonkaCENTO.6 Jacket | Competitive Cyclist

A $518 jacket for $50? Something fishy, no?
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Assos iJ.bonkaCENTO.6 Jacket | Competitive Cyclist

A $518 jacket for $50? Something fishy, no?
It's unsold inventory from a shop that eventually closed down and all inventory liquidated so I know it's legit. It's not from alibaba or anything like that. I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth it to keep or not for my area or if it's better off selling it and getting something else.
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Originally Posted by Jay Olson View Post
The bonKa series is designed for above freezing winter temperatures, which you probably have. For night riding, the bonKa jacket might not be great, because the back is black, regardless of the jacket color. The haBu jacket is black in front and colored on the back, which might work out better. I have the tiburu jacket, which is white on back with the color on the front, and is probably the best for night. There is also the sturmPrinz EVO which could be a good overshell. It can be had in a bright red which is on both the front and back, plus it has some reflective detailing.
I read that it has reflective accents so I figured that's why the sleeves and upper back have those white stripes.
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It's unsold inventory from a shop that eventually closed down and all inventory liquidated so I know it's legit. It's not from alibaba or anything like that. I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth it to keep or not for my area or if it's better off selling it and getting something else.
Given that, I'd buy that in a heartbeat. Think they might want to ship me one?
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Anyone own one of these and have feedback on it?? I ride a lot at night and want to find something good at and / winter and found one for a good deal, but not much info on it.
I own that jacket. I ride with it in temps below 40 degF and down into the mid-20s. Although I do pair it with their Winter Interactive base layer, I think it will be way too warm in SoCal. It sounds like a great deal for a great product, but I don't think I would ever have use for in in California. BTW, I grew up in the Santa Cruz area and rode year round until I moved in the 90's and I never needed serious winter gear.
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Old 06-30-15, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Vince Canepa View Post
I own that jacket. I ride with it in temps below 40 degF and down into the mid-20s. Although I do pair it with their Winter Interactive base layer, I think it will be way too warm in SoCal. It sounds like a great deal for a great product, but I don't think I would ever have use for in in California. BTW, I grew up in the Santa Cruz area and rode year round until I moved in the 90's and I never needed serious winter gear.
Ok thanks for the feedback. Looks like it probably is too much jacket for my area. I don't think I've ever been in weather as cold as mid 20's let alone riding a bike.
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Originally Posted by LGHT View Post
Ok thanks for the feedback. Looks like it probably is too much jacket for my area. I don't think I've ever been in weather as cold as mid 20's let alone riding a bike.
For $50 though, not a bad deal at all. There are many uses for a nice jacket like that. I discovered my cycling jackets are also good for hiking in the mountains. I'll buy it for $50.
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For $50 though, not a bad deal at all. There are many uses for a nice jacket like that. I discovered my cycling jackets are also good for hiking in the mountains. I'll buy it for $50.
That may be true, but most of my mountain hiking is still in Cali in which I probably wouldn't need anything that good anyway. Plus I still need a kit that can keep me warm at night / winter.
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For most winter riding in SoCal, a warm, long sleeve base layer (UA cold gear or the like, or even a champion compression t from target), a regular jersey and some sort of wind vest or wind breaker and you should be good to go. Add long fingered gloves below 50 and leg warmers below 45 or so and you'll be extra good to go. Maybe shoe covers (I just use toe covers, works well enough.) Maybe ear warmers or a head band as well.
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That Assos jacket is badass. It doesn't have to be 33 degrees to utilize and appreciate that jacket. If one is looking for a cycling jacket, the Assos is a no brainer for 50 bucks.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27 View Post
You live in Irvine. You don't know what winter is I'd say you need to be Bonkas to buy one.
Where I live, Ohio-plated cars are the most bonkked-minded: as they make to close of side-contact against me/my bike.
Something about Ohio.
Same with Florida.
Those 2 states.
Add: when I watch the tv national news: the weirdest incidents come from, also meant as happen in: those 2 states.
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Originally Posted by LGHT View Post
Anyone own one of these and have feedback on it?? I ride a lot at night and want to find something good at and / winter and found one for a good deal, but not much info on it.
I own an iJ Bonka jacket; have only used it once so far due to not enuff cold weather. But the 1 time used: a superior jacket. I also have the Habu jacket for colder weather. Another superior jacket. ASSOS IS BEST TO ANY OTHER. As normally I am using the lighter Assos jackets for warmer weather: (a) the one like a windbreaker; (b) the Intermediate jacket. My Bonka be another great cold-weather jacket (colder weather than Bonka)
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Originally Posted by Vince Canepa View Post
I own that jacket. I ride with it in temps below 40 degF and down into the mid-20s. Although I do pair it with their Winter Interactive base layer, I think it will be way too warm in SoCal. It sounds like a great deal for a great product, but I don't think I would ever have use for in in California. BTW, I grew up in the Santa Cruz area and rode year round until I moved in the 90's and I never needed serious winter gear.
That's because most cyclists, in the GENERAL (USA) CYCLING MARKET: have too much body fat. In that they don't need such jacket.
Look at how heavy most road cyclists are. Lacking the slender body.
One the other scale (No Sic) --- there be the cyclists from Euro Gender. The ones that lack the body fat.
Lacking body fat means lacking warmth during the cold season (typically winter).
THAT Be When ASSOS Comes To Aid.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
For most winter riding in SoCal, a warm, long sleeve base layer (UA cold gear or the like, or even a champion compression t from target), a regular jersey and some sort of wind vest or wind breaker and you should be good to go. Add long fingered gloves below 50 and leg warmers below 45 or so and you'll be extra good to go. Maybe shoe covers (I just use toe covers, works well enough.) Maybe ear warmers or a head band as well.
In the past at night I wore a warm long sleeve shirt under the jersey, a wool beenie, wool gloves, and wool socks. However that has only been for night I haven't tried it out during the winter AND at night so not sure how comfortable that will be. I was actually considering a vest, but I'm too cheap to pay full price so I have been waiting for a good deal to pop up.
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Well I just got the jacket in and normally the large fits me fine, but this seems to run small AND seems to be a slim fit. I guess they don't make goods for clydes in switzerland
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