Best breathable Waterproof?.
I’ve done 30 odd miles over the Pennines and back in pretty much torrential rain, on the road. Haven’t got my act together to sort out mudguards yet, so had to grin and bear it.
I got wet.
This time of year is difficult partly because it’s still warm, so over-dressing can be a problem, and where I ride, with big ups and big downs, overheating and overcooling are issues.
To some extent I’m not bothered about getting wet; I’ve done it for so many years that it’s simply not an issue, and I’ve got so many bloody cycling clothes that I can dress in a different outfit everyday if I want to.
I wore a Gabba short sleeve jacket with armwarmers and 99p gloves from Ulverston market plus bib tights and rubbery overshoes.
As noted, I got wet.
I was comfortable and warm all the way round, sweating a bit up the hills, but not cold going down them, and the jacket let me walk out of the door, knowing I was in for a soaking.
The perfect waterproof is still a long way off and claims of breathability and waterproofing are largely fantasy. We are better equipped than ever before, it would be nice to think that this will translate into more actual riding being done…. 😉Posted 4 years ago
I just stuck it on the scales and the large is 372 grams.Posted 4 years ago
Edit- the mavic is very similar to my mavic inferno but without the additional padding and insulation.
They are the two best winter jackets I’ve ever used but the varium gets the medial for lightweight waterproofness 🙂
I found last year that my Altura Transformer was ace – kept me warm an not very sweaty with a 90min window for rain. I tended to ride in that and keep a montane velo nearby – the two together would probably be as close to hot/dry ish as I’d ever want to be.
I am on search for an “ideal” jacket hence reading this thread, but I’m think the only real compromise is to accept that you will get wet, so just try to do the best you can to stay warm.Posted 4 years agocrikeyMember
Sorry, been watching that bloody bake off thing.
No, I’ve not got the Nanoflex armwarmers, just standard Roubaix lycra ones. At this time of year I don’t mind having wet forearms; they act like a radiator for when you get too hot.
The short sleeves on the Gabba and on the Sottile shorty jacket are very reminiscent of the way we used to cut down the boil-in-the-bag jackets for racing. Short sleeves on waterproofs are a great idea for everything other than long freezing winter rides; I can’t remember ever getting cold arms!Posted 4 years ago
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