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 Post subject: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:39 am 
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Now that mornings are getting colder here in the desert, I'm looking for a vest to take me through the "winter". Effective temperature range should be 40-60 degrees with a jersey underneath and some arm warmers (and a baselayer if it gets into the 30s). I'm 192cm but slim, so length of garment is something to consider. Winters aren't wet here as far as I know. So far I've come up with Castelli Fawesome, Sportful Hotpack 5 (not the ultralight), Pearl Izumi PRO Aero. I like the idea of a stretchy fabric; I'd also like some breath-ability so I'm not getting cold in my own sweat.

Any other recommendations? Or opinions on the ones I listed? I really like the Falkenzahn, but the price..


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:47 am 
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Sorry, but the Falkenzahn is light years ahead of any other vest. I've got a bunch of others, and they've been gathering dust since I got it.

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 6:18 am 
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How is the sizing on it? True to the charts?


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 6:51 am 
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If it gets down to around 2° Celsius, I put on
Assos Skinfoil Fall body insulator
Assos S7 legwarmers
Assos T.607 Fi Mille S5 bib shorts
Assos Evo intermediate jersey
Assos Habu S7 vest
Assos s7 intermediate socks (2 pairs on top of each other, because I'm to cheap to buy specific Assos wintersocks :mrgreen: )
and a cheap pair of winter gloves (also because I'm to cheap to buy decent Assos gloves :( )

I don't like wearing overshoes. And I have several caps (Nike, Oakley, ...) to put under my helmet.

If it gets below 2° Celsius, I prefer swimming and riding the trainer.

Here is the Assos clima range guide:

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:02 am 
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I can't seem to find the Habu vest you mentioned.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:41 am 
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goodboyr wrote:
Sorry, but the Falkenzahn is light years ahead of any other vest. I've got a bunch of others, and they've been gathering dust since I got it.

I have this vest as well. It is a great vest if you plan to keep it on the whole ride because it has 3 rear pockets.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:37 pm 
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It fits tight when standing straight as all assos do. When in riding position its perfect. The overall fitting is same as other assos stuff. I am 6' with a thin build and wear a size L.

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:58 am 
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russianbear wrote:
I can't seem to find the Habu vest you mentioned.


It seems to be in the clearance section now. So you may be able to find a good deal on it.
http://www.assos.com/en/19/singleProduc ... 6&prod=344

I love this vest. I've worn it when it's 0°C with a Skinfoil Fall and an Evo intermediate jacket underneath, and I've worn it when it's 18°C with a Skinfoil Summer underneath it. Same thing with the Assos T.607 Fi Mille S5 bib shorts. I can ride them with legwarmers when it's 0°C and without when it's 18°C. In Belgium, that means I can ride these garments in 3 seasons...
Assos is expensive clothing, but because it's so versatile, you can get away with only buying a couple of pieces and then combining them...


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:00 am 
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Yeah, but is is a jacket and not a vest, if I'm not mistaken.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:31 pm 
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I have the habu and it has sleeves........

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:48 am 
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Just make sure it has rear pockets. I have a PI Elite that fits great, but its impossible to get to the jersey pockets while riding.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:23 am 
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I find gilets , light vests and harm warmers more versatile and cheap than jackets.
I bought a Pearl Izumi elite barrier vest on sale and it's quite good: breathable , very light ,packable in a pocket and easy to wash.
It's a good protection to start riding in the cold early morning, underneath I adapt a baselayer and a jersey depending of the weather.
From 0° C to 15° C I don't get cold riding slowly or wet riding hard.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:11 pm 
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Your search should begin and end with Castelli Fawesome vest. I have had one for a little over a year now and it is by far the most versatile piece of kit I own. Only downside is no rear pockets. Definitely size up when ordering, it is a snug fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing a vest
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:22 pm 
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In true internet forum fashion I think Castelli sizing comes up large for the size
As for the vests I think a lot depends whether you are intending to keep it on all ride or stuff it in a pocket after 30 mins.
All ride = Assos Falkenzahn or Fawesome depending on budget
Stuff it = Mavic Helium or similar
The helium is like wrapping yourself in cling film/ plastic wrap but it does the job


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Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:22 pm 


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