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Gator jacket(4 posts)

Gator jacketcoonass
Mar 29, 2001 3:45 PM
Does anyone have an opinion of the Assos Gator jacket? I'd like to get some feedback before I drop $300.
re: Gator jacketMass Biker
Mar 30, 2001 9:39 AM
I have the Exte-Ondo winter jacket. Gore Windstopper on the front. Nice high collar. Big pocket with two zippers in the back. Lightly brushed on the inside - stretchy panels on the sides. This was a staple on rides in New England this past winter. It took me down to the teens very easily (with only a base polypro layer and short sleeve jersey underneath). This jacket was definitely too warm for rides anywhere out of the low 40s though. This was my first winter with a true winter "thermal" jacket. After suffering through many seasons doing the crazy layering thing (i.e. a lot of spring/fall clothing layered on top of each other and topped off with a windshell), I can't say enough about specialized winter cycling clothing (especially in inclement climes). For a point of comparison, check out Exte-Ondo; not as well known as Assos, certainly not as pricey, but certainly functional and plenty warm. One tip though - make sure you use a fender or else you'll get salt and road grit over your snazzy new duds as you slog through the slop.
re: Gator jacketStuC
Mar 30, 2001 10:04 AM
I used the Assos Air Block jacket this past winter. Combined with a long sleeve Assos Hydro 2 jersey (very thin, silk-like thing) as a base layer and a short sleeve jersey I was able to ride comfortably down to 27 degrees.
I use several Assos products and while they are very expensive they work extremely well. One of the most awesome products they make is their winter glove. You hardly know it's there and your hands never even get slightly chilly.
When it comes to comfort on cold days I'll spend the money to insure it!
Thanks, guyscoonass
Mar 30, 2001 4:54 PM
I'll checkout the Exte-Ondo and do some soul searching. However, I did get some Assos Thermo Booties this year, and cold feet never were even a thought, much less a problem...I guess it only goes to prove the 'Quality cost $$$$' theory.