Lightweight shower/windproof, highly breathable jacket with pit zips?

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  • Premier Icon stilltortoise
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    I have a Patagonia wind/shower proof. It is not really all that shower proof to be honest, but it is awesome for biking if you’re not expecting continuous rain. It breathes so well you can *ahem* see that my pits have been sweating 😳 I see no need for pit zips on something that breathable. It is also very soft, flexible and comfortable and extremely quick drying. It’s a few years old now so I’m sure there’s lots of equally good alternatives out there now.

    [EDIT] – I used it for a few seasons as my main skiing jacket, wearing it over a thermal base layer and fleece. It was the best performing ski combo I’d used for years. Just a bit too scruffy now for apres ski 🙂

    Premier Icon the-muffin-man
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    I’m a sweaty bugger when riding and I use a Montane FeatherLite and its great – no pit-zips though.

    kudos100
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    I’m after a new jacket to replace my boil in a bag low alpine one.

    Most important is breathability, I’m not fussed if I get a bit wet.If it is highly breathable and windproof that is good enough for me. Also pit zips are a must.

    Do these mythical beasts exist and if so, what would you reccommend?

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    Most important is breathability, I’m not fussed if I get a bit wet.If it is highly breathable and windproof that is good enough for me. Also pit zips are a must.

    You won’t find many non-waterproof breathable jackets with pit-zips. The assumption is that you won’t need them – try rolling your sleeves up, you lose a lot of heat through your fore-arms.

    tonyplym
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    I’ve a Gore windstopper fleece with pit zips which might suit – think its a Gore Tool II – have had it for two or three years and would thoroughly recommend it. Nikwax Polar Proof helps to keep it showerproof. Although you almost certainly can’t get exactly the same jacket now I’d guess that the latest version is probably very similar.

    Avoid goretex, Event is good, as is conduit.

    kudos100
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    Ok, so Pitzips are out. What are some good jackets that are not made out of goretex and are highly breathable?

    sv
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    Rock Gardn Dawn Patrol – bought one now hoping it works like a windproofish top!

    samuri
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    montane featherlite here too. Great jacket for light showers. Packs away tiny. Sizing was a bit mental though, I got a large and it’d fit giant haystacks, still, I’ve worn enough to wear it out over 5 or 6 years now. Will be buying another (in medium).

    PaulD
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    Buffalo Pertex-only tops with side zips, not the winter version.
    Not fully waterproof, but wind and drizzle-proof.
    Dries very quickly and weighs little.
    They do a cycling one without hood, or a mountain one with hood.

    michaelmcc
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    Altura pocket-rocket. Lightweight and breathable.

    Premier Icon Nipper99
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    I have a Paramo windproof / showerproof smock which does the job very well.

    Premier Icon Trekster
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    Had the older version of this for about 3yrs.this one

    http://www.montane.co.uk/products/men/shell/velocity-dt-jacket/246

    Had many a scrape and has a few holes in it but still a great jacket. Was pretty waterproof when new but needs a wash & reproof now.

    dickie
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    2nd Altura Pocket Rocket.

    d45yth
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    Hi, this Showers Pass Event 2.0 jacket seems like just the ticket. Breathable and has pit-zips. Might try one myself if I can get a different colour!

    Premier Icon stilltortoise
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    I know a lot of people rave about eVent, but there is no way it is any where near as breathable as something like Pertex. I have an eVent jacket and it is very breathable for a waterproof but it is not very breathable. If breathability is more important than
    waterproofing, simply avoid anything that markets itself as waterproof.

    Moreover, a simple showerproof shell will be a lot cheaper, lighter, easier to pack than a full waterproof.

    Premier Icon jameso
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    best cycling jacket i’ve had so far is the Nike Stormfit jacket, the close fit with pre-bent arm cut is great for riding. fast drying showerproof, windproof, super-breathable and has good venting through back-flaps and side vents. i’ve done many wet rides in this top and it’s brilliant.

    basically any close-fitting pertex style top with some kind of venting will be good.

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