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The primary contender so far has been the Louis Garneau Course Speedzone vest, but I can't decide how I feel about the cutout in the back for jersey pocket access. Great idea, but it's just not...aesthetically pleasing. Any other alternatives? Preferably something with a zippered pass-through to the jersey pockets.
For reference, I'm 5'7" 130lbs, and about 34" chest.
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Don't know about the price, but in regards to a "fitted vest/gilet"...
I understand you wanting a more fitted vest. I don't understand, but it seems like vest are made WAY too big.
For example, in my club kit: I wear a Small kit, but my vest is a XXS. ????
(I have found this to be the case in the half dozen other brands I have used and currenlty use)
Capo is a good choice as mentioned earlier, but also Sportful.
The Hot pack vest is absurdly light, surprisingly durable and packs away easily and compactly.
The BodyFit Pro Wind vest looks like a good bet as well. No personal experience, but the stretch material may really cinch it up around you.
I also have several Castelli items. . .the Sottile, Leggero, Fusione, Compatto, and Fawesome. The Fawesome is like the Bodyfit Pro, but a bit more substantial and not as close fitting. The Sottile and the Leggero are light and are super packable, and the Sottile has a pass thru pocket in the back. But neither of these fit as well as the Fawesome or the Bodyfit Pro.
I have a Pearl Izumi P.R.O Aero Vest too. It is very packable and fits very well and is made completely of windblock material (unlike the Sportful Bodyfit Pro, which has a jersey like back). I prefer this vest over the Castelli Sottile and Leggero in terms of fit. But I ultimately prefer vests with mesh / jersey backs for breathability, which is why I like the Bodyfit Pro. But this P.I. vest fits extremely well, just like the Bodyfit Pro.
The best fitting, light and packable vest I have is the Craft Performance Light Vest. This has a mesh back and is very packable. If you can find it in a XS size, which I have seen on occasion, it might be the best fit for you (34" chest, 5'7", 130 lbs). I am about the same height, but 140lbs and 36" chest and have the small size in all the clothing above.
http://www.artscyclery.com/catpage-CSJT ... RDMAPPAREL
It's perfect for California early/late winter temperatures
Castelli makes great stuff for cold weather
http://www.artscyclery.com/catpage-CAPO ... RDMAPPAREL
but nothing beats good ol' embrocation
worst piece of crap ever is the champ sys wind vest. Thermal vest seems ok, but the nylon wind vest they sell is a joke. The fit is terrible.
I also have a Gore Xenon vest, it is another good one for days where the vest might be on-off. Packs up small, and has a slightly longer tail for extra water protection if it does rain. It is Gore-Tex Active Shell, so the fabric itself is waterproof and breathable. I also have a Gore Xenon AS short-sleeve jacket. This is a strange piece in many ways, having a half-sleeve but in many ways it is a vest. I like it for the west coast on-off rainy days in winter. It is Gore-Tex with sealed seems, but breaths reasonably well and not having full sleeves keeps me from overheating like I might in a full rain jacket. It sits somewhere between using the Fawesome and a full-on rain jacket.
Man, I have a lot of winter kit....but here it is almost all 3-season kit as spring, autumn and winter can be very similar. I think the Assos FalkenZhan looks like an excellent piece, but for the price of it alone you could buy the Fawesome and the Isterico. Plus the FalkenZhan seems to be marketed as an "insulator gilet" and I wonder about its windproof-ness. When I'm reaching for a vest I am usually looking for the chest to be windproof.
The article state while it is windproof, it also "breathes impressively well" which the main feature I am looking for. The reason is the current Castelli Leggero I have doesn't breath well. I get cold from my own sweat.
nfecyle wrote:Anybody have experience with Assos Falkenzahn ? I am looking for mostly breathable and windproof vest. I have Castelli Leggero now, while its windproof, it is not really breathable. The other vest I am considering is Castelli Fawesome since I have good experience with gabba materials, but I don't mind spending little bit more for Assos Falkenzahn if it is better than the fawesome.
I have one and it is great but it is quite substantial. It replaces the element one vest but it has it's own 3 pockets in the back. It is meant to be worn for the entire ride and not to be taken on and off constantly (like the blitzfeder which is basically a wind vest also very adjusted from assos). It works great with a lot sleeve jersey for temp in the high 30s or 40s. It breathes well too.
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