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Old 07-09-07, 11:50 PM
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need a jacket

i know its a little early but i am looking to get a decent cycling jacket for the fall/winter...i live in pittsburgh and i want something that will be warm...also lookin for something under 70 dollars...any thoughts?
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I'm not a fan of jackets, but I ride in san francisco. for the most part, I go with a long sleeve base layer with jersey and arm warmers. if it was really cold, add a vest. the problem I have with a jacket is that most jackets are too bulky to carry if it gets warm. plus, the sleeves fludders in the wind and makes a lot of noise.
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I'm a big fan of the Cannondale Morphis:

http://www.cannondale.com/clothing/0...odel-M452.html

The nice feature is being able to quickly remove the sleeves (which tuck out of the way in a pocket on the back of the resulting vest) as the day warms up. With the sleeves removed, a mesh vent is exposed across the shoulders to ventilate excess heat. It's also cut snug for biking so nothing "fludders" in the wind. All in all, it's a really well thought out design. If you watch for sales, you can find one close to your target price. Given the flexibility it's worth paying a bit more for if you have to.

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im talkin bout a jacket for when its like 50-40 degrees outside at the warmest
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Originally Posted by Plow13
im talkin bout a jacket for when its like 50-40 degrees outside at the warmest
Trust me, you want to layer no matter what you buy. The jacket should provide wind and rain protection and nothing else. Otherwise, it'll be hot on warmer days. If you want warmth, put a thermal layer, or layers, under it. If you buy a heavier jacket, you'll end up spending your $70 multiple times to buy the gear you need for the days the heavy jacket is too hot.

I've used the Morphis in the low 50s with a lightweight long sleeve thermal layer under it and it was a little cool at first but perfect once I warmed up. Note that the mesh back is covered by the sleeves when they are attached so you lose very little heat there and what ventilation it does give helps keep moisture from building up inside the jacket.
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I agree with Proximo on layering being an effective way to stay warm, and dry. Especially with our
SW PA Fall, and Winter. If you want under $70, have a look at this item.
REI Outlet Canari Razor Conversion Jacket
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I'm thinking of getting a PI opTik for days that start out warm and then cool off with maybe a shower. Packs up very small, and light.

http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...product_id=478

Anyone try one of these?
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Originally Posted by Plow13
i know its a little early but i am looking to get a decent cycling jacket for the fall/winter...i live in pittsburgh and i want something that will be warm...also lookin for something under 70 dollars...any thoughts?
Same climate as mine in Ohio.Try the Century Jacket from Performance at $29.It will even fit in a saddle bag.Waterproof and bright yellow to avoid becoming road pizza.

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Old 07-10-07, 06:54 PM
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Take a look at some of the Gore Windstopper stuff. They can be had for that price range with some of their sales.
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I try not to wear a jacket until it's below freezing. Generally they don't breathe well enough to keep me dry on the inside. Having said that, a good softshell (with pit zips!!!) is worth it's weight in gold. IMHO, if you're serious about riding year round, then this is not a good place to scrimp on the budget.
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My wife and I have the OpTik jackets and find them very comfortable. I wore mine during a rain ride and I found it kept me dry from the rain but it also allowed my sweat to accumulate inside (moral is, it was too warm to be wearing the jacket). I also have a Performance Illuminite jacket which acted like a drogue parachute and drastically impeded our downhill speed, which, on a tandem, is a lot of our hill strategy and most of the fun when coasting down hills, sometimes in excess of 40 MPH.
It really doesn't really matter which jacket you get as long as it fits, is wind and rain proof and doesn't billow up and slow you down. The OpTik fits our needs well as it also compresses into a small packet and we can take it along in our jersey pockets.
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Originally Posted by Plow13
im talkin bout a jacket for when its like 50-40 degrees outside at the warmest
Baselayer + longsleeve jersey w/ fleece interior. A shell jacket for wind/rain if needed
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Ordered that jacket about 3 days ago. REI takes forever to ship though. Hopefully it turns out nice. I've also seen the '06 Canari Eclipse for about $35 (not sure how its different than the razor).
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i got a PI Vagabond jacket for $90 at performance in early spring. in 50-ish degree rain i'd just wear a jersey underneath and i was just a little sweaty when i got to work. like the cannondale the sleeves zip off as one piece and pack real small.
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just get a good merino wool sweater, as long as its not raining out.
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I got this one...its about $100.00...but its good for below freezing...and its not common...

http://www.totalcycling.com/index.ph...jaireland.html

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Although its more then your listed price, this is by far the best Ive seen. I bought 2. Warm, fits like a jersey, lots of useful pockets. Keeps ya warm in the cold, yet doesnt cook ya.

http://www.2xu.com/uc1202a.html
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I've got one of these and love it. It's a bit more but has kept my core good in a number of less than ideal conditioned rides.

http://sugoi.com/prod.php?p=SUG73061U.600-F06

For a little less they've got this but I don't know much about it...

http://sugoi.com/prod.php?p=SUG70702U.603&k=59975
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