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    Wind jacket/shell...recommendations?

    This is the one piece that I just cannot seem to lock down. I have winter jackets, medium weight, etc but I just need a well constructed, packable wind jacket that doesn't fit like a parachute, and isn't going to overheat me or break my wallet. I see no reason at all to spend more than maybe $75 for a piece like this. I recently picked up a Craft wind jacket from PBK, but the fit was ridiculous - it was like an oversized pullover, certainly not a good road cycling jacket. I'd prefer more of a club fit, I suppose.

    What are you guys using that you just simply couldn't do without?

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    Briko

    I have two Briko jackets which have windstopper on the front of the body and arms, breathable stretch non-fleece fabric on the rest. Two pockets in the back and a full zipper in the front with a wind flap. Light in weight and fit nicely over a long sleeve or short sleeve jersey, same type cut. I seem them come up now and then for sale at right in your price range. Highly recommended.

    Quote Originally Posted by E 12
    This is the one piece that I just cannot seem to lock down. I have winter jackets, medium weight, etc but I just need a well constructed, packable wind jacket that doesn't fit like a parachute, and isn't going to overheat me or break my wallet. I see no reason at all to spend more than maybe $75 for a piece like this. I recently picked up a Craft wind jacket from PBK, but the fit was ridiculous - it was like an oversized pullover, certainly not a good road cycling jacket. I'd prefer more of a club fit, I suppose.

    What are you guys using that you just simply couldn't do without?
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    The Hammer, made by Voler, wind jacket is about $65. They had some on clearance, so you might find one cheaper. It fits well, not like a parachute, and will wad up really small if you want to take it off.

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    My vote is for Castelli Teseo jacket. It's made from rip-stop nylon and packs up small enough to easily fit into a jersey pocket. I have had one since 2005. I use it over a winter jersey on cold days.

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    Picked up a Biemme jacket with windstopper mat'l. Beautifully made and does not flap around like most wind jackets I've owned. Picked it up at STP for a bit more than you're looking to spend.

    Fit is good, a little short in the sleeves for me, but I have long arms - still keeping it.


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    Vest

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    What are you guys using that you just simply couldn't do without?
    Vest and arm warmers. Easy on/off while riding, stuff in pockets easily, wide temperature range with easy adjustment for varying conditions/effort levels. If you don't need a winter jacket this is the way to go.

    Lightweight shells at your price level usually lack adequate ventilation and are useless for keeping water out.
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    The below is the best wind jacket I've ever had. I usually don't like Pearl Izumi products -- they're usually kind of cheaply made. This is an exception.

    It's made of a fabric that is the most wind-resistant lightweight fabric I've ever seen (and I do winter sports), and is also the most packable. You can pack this jacket so small that it can easily fit into a jersey pocket (I use a size "L"). It's also cut in a nice way (very trim). The sleeves also remove to form a vest.

    You can get this jacket for around your price.

    Pearl Izumi Vagabond Jacket


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    I have a Louis Garneau Max Clime Jacket (2007) and it is great. Fits snuggly and repells wind & water very well. It will heat up, but I have yet to hear of a nearly waterproof jacket that will not.

    Oops, I would say the Max Clime is a good rain jacket, but it is not the most packable jacket out there.

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    I have a craft rain jacket and it fit nice a snug, but I still rarely wear it.

    the truth is if it that cold an rainy I just won't ride. My most used rain gear is my clear Assos vest. It packs away nicely in a jersey pocket when not needed and does a great job of battling both wind and rain.

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    Another vote for Windstopper jackets. Very warm and comfy this time of year- I am on my second one............MTT

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