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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 8:16 am 
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Lots of opinions already ... I've been having success with the Castelli Leggero Jacket. While not completely waterproof it breathes a bit so you don't overheat. Packs down to the size of a small doughnut.

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:14 am 
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Had to change the title guys. Sorry, was doing my head in.

I really like my Assos Luftschutz - folds away to bugger all, keeps enough rain out and isn't heavy (except in price).

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 2:27 am 
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+1 Castelli Leggero Jacket - very light, good arm length, form fit to stop flapping in the wind, folds up very small.
Good for light rain, steady rain and downhill chills ... as yet haven't used it in a big downpour


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 3:10 am 
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Castelli Leggaro, amazed how it fits in little pouch that can slip into a back of jersey pocket :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 5:36 pm 
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Of the jackets mentioned, is one particularly windproof? I'm looking for a jacket that I can throw on for mountain descents. I have a lightweight Craft windbreaker but it provides barely any wind protection (in addition to being loose and flappy).


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 7:23 pm 
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sanrensho, the jackets that claim to be water repellant should be fairly windproof.

In my opinion it's better to have some limited air circulation, otherwise if you pull it over on top you continue to sweat, and the moisture is captured, your jersery can be a bit damp when you remove it down at the bottom.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:14 am 
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wassertreter wrote:
sanrensho, the jackets that claim to be water repellant should be fairly windproof.

In my opinion it's better to have some limited air circulation, otherwise if you pull it over on top you continue to sweat, and the moisture is captured, your jersery can be a bit damp when you remove it down at the bottom.


Thanks for the advice. I find that a lot of chills come from the cold air/wind (winter/spring/fall riding) hitting my sweat-dampened clothing. I'm inclined to think my only realistic option is a windproof shell-like jacket made of Windtex or the like. This would not be foldable in a jersey pocket, but would have to be strapped to a saddle bag (my least favorite option).

It seems like the pros take hand-ups that are more like shells than windbreakers, when they start cold alpine descents. (I could be wrong.)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:17 am 
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I don't have a great solution for climbing in cold weather either. Thinking a mesh-back vest for the approach, unzipped for the climb, and a light packable jacket on top for the descent, might work. That would give a double layer of frontal wind protection on the way down.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:03 am 
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sanrensho wrote:

Thanks for the advice. I find that a lot of chills come from the cold air/wind (winter/spring/fall riding) hitting my sweat-dampened clothing. I'm inclined to think my only realistic option is a windproof shell-like jacket made of Windtex or the like. This would not be foldable in a jersey pocket, but would have to be strapped to a saddle bag (my least favorite option).

It seems like the pros take hand-ups that are more like shells than windbreakers, when they start cold alpine descents. (I could be wrong.)



The pertex jackets like the Montane Velo are designed to be wind proof, shower proof and fold into a tennis ball size bag.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:22 pm 
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milroy wrote:
The pertex jackets like the Montane Velo are designed to be wind proof, shower proof and fold into a tennis ball size bag.


Thanks, I'll look into this. Too bad I've never seen Montane locally. I see that Pertex is basically rip-stop nylon, which would be effective (I had a Raceface Aquanot jacket in rip-stop that was quite wind-resistant).

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Thinking a mesh-back vest for the approach, unzipped for the climb, and a light packable jacket on top for the descent, might work. That would give a double layer of frontal wind protection on the way down.


Definitely getting closer. :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:00 pm 
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Since I reopened the thread, I'll follow up. I went with the Endura Pakajak
http://www.endura.co.uk/Product.aspx?de ... rod_id=454
for $65 at my LBS. After my first 70 mile ride with two long descents in 58-65F temps I couldn't be happier, and I can't believe I survived without such an item for so long. It is amazingly windproof for such a small compact unit. Easily fits in half a jersey pocket. I cannot comment on water repellence yet. I noticed some puffing up when in a more upright position, but tuck down a little and it goes away. Other brands I compared at the shop did not have the same quality (particularly stitching), features or fit, and the Endura has a longer tighter tail compared with for example the Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier Lite. The "opposite" zipper took a little getting used to, but I guess people in the UK drive on the left too. :) Nice bit o' kit.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:57 pm 
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Sportful Survival, you'll go a long way to beat this one! ONLY gripe is no pockets, but other than that its mega! :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:34 pm 
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The Showers Pass ProTec jacket is pretty awesome and stowable.

http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/men/ ... ro-tech-st


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Sportful Survival, you'll go a long way to beat this one! ONLY gripe is no pockets, but other than that its mega! :thumbup:


Sportful Hot Pack has 1 (small) pocket, available with or without sleeves, keeps you dry and windfree! ;-)
folds into a little ball that fits easily into a backpocket, €80 with, €40 without sleeves, works for me!


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Another vote for the Rapha new stowaway. One of their better bits of kit.


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