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cross commuting rain gear question.buffalosorrow
Dec 26, 2002 6:45 AM
I am sick of my stinky, dirty, clear, $20 plastic jacket.
What cycling
rain jackets are out there?
I looked at the Lafuma apparel, but who needs to spend $200 on a jacket that going to get dirty, wet and torn.
I noticed that in the recent issue of bicycling that a timberland was mentioned.
re: cross commuting rain gear question.Sadlebred
Dec 26, 2002 9:27 AM
I have a RaceFace Aquanot jacket that I got for $80 on clearance at www.rei-outlet.com. So far, it has been impervious to rain and heavy wind. I have to layer smartly when it's above 40 degrees because I will get too hot.
raceface aquanotbuffalosorrow
Dec 26, 2002 11:47 AM
wow, I think this is what I am looking for.
Just a few questions to pick your shop savy brain...

-is the jacket a flexable all around rain protection. (can I take it on a rainy hike and not be worried)

-fit, I notice that they have only small and XS sizes left. I am a definate small person, but is the jacket fitted a bit loose to accomidate layers, or is it snug?

I like the green/black color.
Thank you for your input.
Buffalosorrow
raceface aquanot, a winter layerbuffalosorrow
Dec 26, 2002 4:04 PM
I was looking for perhaps something less winter-wise. As I am cold person, I think a waterproof shell would work better for my cold soul.
raceface aquanotSadlebred
Dec 26, 2002 4:25 PM
Sorry, I'm not sure about the men's sizing. Their women's small was REALLY small. I had to return it and get a medium b/c I planned to layer the jacket over other jerseys. Try some of the catalogs or your LBS in a few months. A lot of the jackets will be on sale in the spring.
Thoughts and linkage...Steve_O
Dec 27, 2002 6:44 AM
I have a couple of different jackets I use for commuting. I use the first two jackets mentioned the most (probably due to the fact that I just got the SD Peak Bagger). From what I have seen there is no "Perfect" jacket for all I want to do (yet).

- Old REI nylon windbreaker style jacket with DWR finish. Pros - Not afraid to get it dirty. Cons - No hood, water eventually penetrates on extended rides, lacks ventilation.

- Nike running windbreaker Pros - light, breathable, adds warmth, has a basic hood. Cons - JUST a nylon shell, water does penetrate (quickly), traps condensation.

- Sierra Designs Peak Bagger. An ultralight hiking jacket with Goretex type laminate. Pros - Very water repellent, light, good fit, nice hood. Cons - pricy, no pit zips (can get hot), so nice that you don't want to get it muddy...

My goal was to keep the price at $100 or less and find a jacket with a hood so I can use it for hiking, snowshoeing, etc. I also tried the guys over on outdoorreview.com where I got some good feedback. See link here...

Steve_O "Need a "Do it all" shell... Suggestions?" 8/30/02 8:50am

Good luck in your quest!
steve-o, what are you thoughts on this...buffalosorrow
Dec 27, 2002 4:06 PM
http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8001&catalogId=40000008001&productId=47595388&parent_category_rn=22000369
Looks good to me...Steve_O
Jan 2, 2003 1:27 PM
Thoughts

- Breathable laminate should be better venting then traditional clear plastic cyclist rain jacket.

- Big pit zips to let in air is a plus.

- A hood (for me) is a plus for non-biking pursuits. Make sure you can roll it up and secure it with a tab so the hood doesn't act like a big parachute slowing you down on the bike. (From the pict is looks like I can see a tab to roll it up)

- Kelty clothing is usually a good buy since most people only know them for tents and backpacks... I am willing to bet this is why it is on sale.