- What commuting jacket?
I’ve got an altura nevis that I got free with a sub for a magazine a few years ago – glad I didn’t pay for it, boil in the bagtastic, not very waterproof, not very well made and wat too hot. Guy in work also got one and he’s of the same opinion. Another pal bought one and the zip broke after a few weeks use. I use a Gore fusion – very waterproof, very breathable, very bright orange/red but also very expensive.Posted 8 years ago
I rate softshell in a big way for commuting. Most of the time it isn’t raining enough to need a 100% waterproof hardshell and a softshell will shrug of most showers. It is also much much much more breathible, much more comfortable and easier to look after. It’ll also keep you warm in the early mornings, and in the biting wind on the way home.
I have a bright orange howies cross jacket, which I picked up cheap in the sale and which has been awesome. They don’t make them anymore, but plenty of bike clothing companies seem to be putting out softshell these days.
I wear it commuting 5 days a week, pretty much all year apart from in the heat of summer. I just layer up underneath with merino in the winter, or jam a hardshell over the top it its real stairrod rain.
Just picked up a grey arcteryx epsilon for MTB after I mangled by black howies cross. Its also supurb, obviously a better jacket. A bit pricy, but they come up cheap from time to time on ebay. They do a red one too, which would be more visable. I hate wearing high-vis yellow. Bright orange is bright enough for me.Posted 8 years agojuanMember
I had a quick look on wiggle and CRC, and they all look the same to me.
Head lines are:
All are breathable, all are waterproof and all are HI-viz.
Which one the STW masses recommend me?
I want one that
I really breathable.
Is really waterproof
Is tough enough to sustain a commuting duties.
Eventually that wont cost me a kidney
If it can pack small it’s even better.
I have a montane H20 at the moment and I find it not breathable at all and not very waterproof…
Many thanks all
P.S. So far quite tempted by thatPosted 8 years ago
nevis is fine here , you lot must sweat buckets …
problems with softshells are that once wet , stay wet for ages IME ….
Rode into work in the drizle one day (20 miles) got there , softshell although inside was dry , outer was saturated. It was put infront of the radiator etc and was still wet when it came to go home ,Still dry on the interior but was very cold once i got outside. Not its usual warm self !Posted 8 years agoAlasdairMcMember
I got a Nevis free with mbr years ago, and it lasted 7 minutes of rain on its first day before I got wet. It’s very boil in the bag and the waterproof zip broke so I’ve had to peel it back.
It rarely gets worn these days, I either wear a softshell or my eVent jacket if it’s truly chucking it down.Posted 8 years agosoobaliasMember
my free nevis has served reasonably well.
it was waterproof for about a year, but re-proofing has done little to bring it back to its original quality. Nowadays you would call it showerproof. I wouldnt call it breathable, but the vents do work.
I dont expect much better for £50Posted 8 years ago
I too am on the hunt for something like this – fleecy inside so as not to feel clammy, very breathable and shower resistant enough to resist rain for the 25m I am pedalling.
My “heavy” softshell (from Zara would you believe) has been awesome in the winter and looks OK in the pub. A lightweight version would be perfect – any ideas?Posted 8 years ago
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