- Wind resistant and (slightly) insulating long-sleeved cycling jerseys
I went out this morning just after the rain stopped, it was windy and the only thing I had to hand was my ancient, knackered Altura jacket that I used to use when I cycled commuted. I think I was wetter from sweating, than if I’d been caught in the rain without a jacket. 🤔
So I’m looking for a wind resistant, possibly with some sort of shower proof coating, long sleeved top; a soft shell type thing I’m assuming. Basically something to keep the wind out and keep my torso and arms warm and dry from brushing against wet bushes and what not.
I’ve found the Alpkit Rhythm Thicky, which seems to fit the bill. Anyone used one…? Does anyone have any other suggestions?Posted 4 months ago
I think really you need to decide how waterproof, then how breathable you want to be and make a compromise
Gabba/perfetto etc seem to me to be pretty genuinely “proof” at least for light/mod rain whereas some of the other stuff mentioned is either “resistant” or makes no claims beyond windproof
Breathability IME works in reverse proportionality to waterproof. Gabba etc are OK but definitely feels humid in there if I’m trying hardPosted 4 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Breathability IME works in reverse proportionality to waterproof. Gabba etc are OK but definitely feels humid in there if I’m trying hard
Yep, pretty much. The Gabba uses a Gore Windstopper fabric, which is basically a waterproof fabric, though not taped, which is why it’s not technically waterproof. There’s slightly more to it than that, but not much.
I’d agree that you need to understand whereabouts on that continuum between fully windproof and very water resistant, but not too breathable at one end of the scale and less weather resistant, but considerably more breathable at the other.
For me, Rab’s Vapour Rise stuff works really well, but that’s because I tend to run hot and mostly ride relatively hard. If you’re someone who runs cool and rides steady, then something less breathable, but more weather resistant makes sense.
On top of that, you need to consider temperature, wind speeds and humidity… I think it probably makes more sense to stay in bed.Posted 4 months agobigwattsMember
The convertible Castelli gabba/ perfetto jacket was a revelation for me. I have binned so many clothes that I no longer need because I have the perfetto. I use it in cold weather with a base layer, I use it in cool weather on its own, I use it in warm but windy weather with the sleeves off. It really is amazing. So good I bought another one for when my the other is in the wash.Posted 4 months agosockpuppetSubscriber
I should add that short sleeved jerseys plus good arm warmers (I have had a pair of assos ones for over a decade – still going strong) mark another roadie incursion into my regular colder-weather attire.
I highly recommend trying a pair
castelli kit is working well for my needs!Posted 4 months agodovebikerMember
I’ve had a Castelli Gabba convertible long sleeve since they came out – always found it a little bit too clammy when working hard, meaning my base layer got damp and I’d chill if I stopped for too long. Just picked up an Alpha ROS jersey in the Evans sale – lighter fabric on the front breathes better as well as the back not being windstopper also helps – has a double layer front so you can zip / unzip as you go – apart from really sub-zero can really see this getting lots of use over the next few months.Posted 4 months agok1100tMember
Thanks for all the suggestions, those Castelli tops, while they look nice, are probably slightly out of budget… 😲 I know that Spexcel do a knock off Gabba, no idea how it compares though. I might try that Alpkit one and get one of the Decathlon waterproof jackets for when it’s proper miserable.Posted 4 months ago
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