6 Versatile Vests for Spring

March 1, 2011

Cycling vest and apparel reviews


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A jacket provides which perfect extra bit of protection for rides that start or finish cool, for descending the rear side of an epic climb, and for those days when you repeatedly pass interior and exterior zones of chilliness or mist. And a jacket is more flexible, easier to carry and, crucially, easier to placed on and take off while using than a jacket. Not no surprise, almost every organization has a slightly different undertake the ideal vest. We combed the marketplace to find our three faves for women and men.

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Descente Velom – For ladies

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Descente Velom — For Women

The This year Velom has the same soft, quick-drying material that helped it to the first Editors’ Option win in 2008. The mesh back panel ventilates properly, and the fleece-lined collar will keep your own neck cozy on cool, breezy days when you want to put on the jacket fully zipped. The actual zipper by itself performed perfectly and was easy to alter on the fly. Evaluators generally praised the comfortable, jerseylike fit–this vest does not flap around upon descents, even when open–although a few riders thought it was cut just a little high in front.

But what truly sets the actual Velom apart are its three roomy pockets, a creature comfort that reminds all of us of our preferred jerseys and makes it easy to arrange items for example arm warmers, keys and those critical midride treats. In the end, although, it was the cut and fit of the garment–form closely subsequent function–that pushed it over the top because our champion.

WEIGHT: 99 grams (M)

PRICE: $65

SIZES: XS, Utes, M, L, XL

COLORS: Yellow, black


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Castelli Leggera – For ladies

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Castelli Leggera – For Women

Testers unanimously declared the actual Leggera the most adorable and most feminine vest from the bunch. The actual barely there–yet highly water-resistant–fabric and high throat make it great for warmish, damp or even breezy times. The waistband is unobtrusive. The tiny storage space pouch, that hooks on to a cycle inside the vest, unfortunately dropped off a few times.

WEIGHT: 78g (M)

PRICE: $50


COLORS: White, black


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Bontrager Activity WSD – For Women

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Bontrager Activity WSD – For Women

The soft front panels and mesh back again impressed evaluators. The vest vents warmth and sweat well, but is a little less dependable during downpours. It has a somewhat roomy match. The single rear pocket offers less carrying capacity compared to Velom’s three, even though the included sack and zippered drawing a line under will keep your own stash secure.

WEIGHT: 77g (M)

PRICE: $60

SIZES: XS, Utes, M, L, XL

COLORS: Yellow, white


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Pearl Izumi G.R.O. Aero – For Men

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Pearl Izumi P.R.To. Aero – For males

Testers noted the actual “body-hugging fit” and stretchy material that gives superb ease of movement. Even in high blowing wind the jacket is peaceful, and features such as collar detailing and large armholes led a tester to state: “luxurious.” Blemishes: It provided less protection than the Leggero, and also the small zipper was tough to engage while riding.

WEIGHT: 107g (M)


COLORS: Black, red-colored, white


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Castelli Leggero – For males

Cycling vest and apparel reviews


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Castelli Leggero – For Men

Testers had a clear choice for the Leggero, the actual lightest and many minimal of the group by far. “The best all-around jacket in terms of wind protection, mild water resistance, packability, design and fit,” summed up one trialist. The dimensions is around the small side, there’s little stretch and it’s cut the actual shortest, therefore it seems to dissolve into your jersey and provide a hidden shield against the elements. One tester suggested sizing up. (People who criticized the fit especially observed shortness in front.) Although it’s the lightest and least costly from the three, the actual Leggero doesn’t absence frills: It comes with a small, clip-on bag you can remove and pack it in to, and its two-way zipper allows improved ventilation manage.

WEIGHT: 69g (M)

PRICE: $50


COLORS: White, black, yellow


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Specialized Deflect – For males

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Specialized Deflect – For Men

All evaluators noted that the Deflect packed the most features. “The little pocket is a useful touch,” said one. Another praised the actual two-way zipper’s “great ventilation control.” Evaluators also loved the protection in the elements, the generous reduce and the strong material (which contributed to causeing this to be the weightiest and largest whenever stuffed).

WEIGHT: 128g (Michael)

PRICE: $70

SIZES: S, Michael, L, XL, XXL

COLORS: Black, yellow


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