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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:12 pm 

Joined: Wed May 12, 2010 11:52 am
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For any one with a flappy vest - in particular at the shoulders, I came up with an awesome fix, couple of strips of heavy duct tape on the inside around the shoulders nearly completely fixes the flapping. My gore vest was horribly flappy at +25kmph and I was going get rid of it, - now there nothing up to about 50kmph and by then the wind noise takes over anyway.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:41 pm 

Joined: Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:28 pm
Posts: 1225
How do sizes run on the Sportful hotpack?
I wear a small in Vermarc tops.

TashkentTerror wrote:
Sportful hot pack.
The best vest is the one small enough that you actually bring it on rides.
Iv heard good things about the Rafa gilet to, but havent used it myself.

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:41 pm 

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:50 pm 

Joined: Wed Nov 10, 2004 8:20 pm
Posts: 119
Location: on the border
I usually wear an L. I tried Sportful hotpack vest both in L and also in M. In size L it's a bit wider, but M was too short on me, so I would say that they run a bit wider.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:23 pm 
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Location: London
The Louis Garneau Nova is a very good cheap gilet with a good race fit. Personally, I like the fact it has pockets too, although that might not be to everyone's requirements.

Their course Speedzone looks pretty interesting too, with regards to race numbers:

Sales blurb:
The Louis Garneau Course Speedzone Gilet offers a new approach to outerwear layering that focuses on the rider’s usability and protection. Developed in cooperation with Team Europcar, the goal of this development was to answer 2 pro teams needs: 1) easy access to jersey pockets and 2) race numbers visibility so it can be worn during any races. The Louis Garneau Course Speedzone Gilet has an opening at the rear large enough to allow access to the rear jersey pockets and provide visibility of race numbers. This opening which has been validated and confirmed in accordance to the UCI Sport and Technical Department is currently exclusive to Louis Garneau, International patent pending, and part of Team Europcar’s 2012 Team Kit. The rear pocket opening allows for easier access to the content of the jersey pockets and eliminates the need to transfer contents once the vest is removed. The front of the vest is constructed of Super Light fabric, a 100% polyester fabric that stretches, offers wind-resistant and is extremely light. The side panels and back of the vest are made of power mesh fabric for increased ventilation and snug fit. An inner flap under the zipper helps shield from wind and water, and the vest is finished with a zipper garage at the neck to eliminate chafin

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:15 pm 

Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:08 am
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Location: Pedal Square
HillRPete wrote:
Check out Castelli's offers for trim fit. Don't think they have any with a pass-through, though.

Actually, the Castelli Sottile has pocket access through a vertical zip on the right-hand side of the back. Not sure it isn't quicker to lift your vest though.
Personally I've been using the Castelli Leggero for a while, and it's exactly what I'm looking for in a vest -- very packable, mesh back, no frills.

Bikes: Raw Ti, 650b flatbar CX

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:34 pm 

Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:13 am
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Pearl Izumi PRO Aero vest is decent as well. I'm 5'9", 130ish lbs. and wear a small; it flaps a little, but is pretty snug overall.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:39 am 

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Location: Geneva
I'm looking for a plain race vest that has a light-ish windproof front with a mesh back and a nice tight fit. I've got a team one from a shop here in Suisse made by Craft and it's perfect. There's nothing else in the Craft non-custom catalog like it though. I'm sure all the Italian manufacturers make these for team stuff too. Anyone know where I can get a blank one (white or black)?

edit- and the mesh I like is more of a fabric mesh like you'd get in an underlayer, not a nylon kinda one if you know what I mean. My Craft vest has absolutely zero flap...I hate flap.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:16 pm 

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Location: Pedal Square
ultyguy: got the Castelli Leggero like many others in the thread. It's the perfect vest for me, minimal, packable, mesh back.

Don't feel it does much against the rain and spray with the mesh back, but it's the only kind of vest I'd ever consider. Flapping is a fit question of course, it fits me like all Castelli tops in M (bit of a Castelli fanboy here).

Bikes: Raw Ti, 650b flatbar CX

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:49 pm 

Joined: Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:12 am
Posts: 126
The B'twin ultralight ones are incredible, in both long sleeve and gilet forms. Pack down ridiculously small and the zippers seem of good quality. Super prices too

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