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Pro team jackets(5 posts)

Pro team jacketsKurt H
Oct 8, 2001 7:02 AM
At the risk of looking like Uber Fred, I'm curious if anyone has tried the jackets used by pro teams? These guys wear a jersey and this thin looking jacket to ride across snow covered mountains. I'm sure the riders are not COMFORTABLE, but if those jackets provide an awful lot of warmth and breathe well enough to get them through, I might consider looking like a goob commuting in wearing a Mapei jacket. Anybody tried 'em?? Comments??
TIA
Kurt H
It's not about the jacketmr_spin
Oct 8, 2001 7:38 AM
They typically wear undershirts beneath their jerseys, which gives them an extra layer you can't see. So the jackets don't need to be as heavy.

Check out the Un-D-Shurt from DeFeet. There are also similar products around.
Second the undershirt, for both winter and summer...Cima Coppi
Oct 8, 2001 7:59 AM
I fully agree with wearing a Cool-Max undershirt in all conditions. For the winter, go with a dark colored (black or blue) undershirt, and wear white in the summer to help keep you cool. They do a great job of keeping you dry from sweat, and add that needed extra barrier when the wind is chilly.

As far as a team jacket goes, I'd skip it and go with a convertable jacket such as the Pearl Izumi Vagabond. It has zip-off sleeves to convert to a vest, and it packs down as small as the team jackets. Such jackets are also designed for good breathablity. The price is very good as well at $110.

Good luck

CC
Second the PI Vagabond Jacket -nmhms
Oct 8, 2001 9:23 AM
snow covered mountainsfiltersweep
Oct 8, 2001 2:28 PM
It can easily be 70 to 80 degrees in "snow covered mountains"- I've hiked in shorts across glaciers (which is often the "snow" covering mountains). The ice masses are so huge that they never completely melt, and with mountains, they often receive less sun. Granted there will be large temp. differences between day and night at those altitudes, but don't be easily fooled- it is probably warmer than you think.