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Cycling Jacket(7 posts)

Cycling Jacketdaniel_2001
Nov 2, 2002 4:48 PM
Looking for a recommendation for a cycling jacket. Must be highly visible, and pockets are a plus.


SuggestionLone Gunman
Nov 2, 2002 6:25 PM
I bought a PI Zephyr jacket a few years back that has 2 zipper side pockets, vented in back, folds into its own stuff sack with a belt attachment and the sleeves will completely zip off to make it a vest or zip open at the pits for more ventilation. And it is bright red. The only improvements I would recommend on the jacket is to have the reflective piping on the jacket somewhere. After a quick look I see that it is called the Vagabond jacket and has other added features. $110 I think is pretty steep for a jacket, I got mine on sale from Colorado Cyclist for $50? afew years ago. Versatile piece of gear, not flashy.
Pearl Izumi Vagabondtarwheel
Nov 4, 2002 6:35 AM
The biggest problem with cycling jackets if overheating if the weather warms up while you are out riding. That's what makes the Vagabond great -- you just zip off the sleeves and it turns into a vest. The PI jackets seem to run large in sizing, so keep that in mind. Nothing worse than a overly large jacket flapping in the wind, really slows you down.
I've been eyeing the Vagabound...jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 8:59 AM
It's not insulated though, right? Just a wind & water resistant shell I think. PI also makes a barrier vest and jacket, both of which are insulated. I kind of wish they made an insulated jacket that turns into a vest, like the Vagabound. I think Louis Garneau does.

not insulated but warmtarwheel
Nov 4, 2002 10:37 AM
The fabric is heavier than what is used on the Eclipse vest and jacket. For me, it's just right because I would sweat too much with anything heavier. I live in the South, though. I find that it's better to add layers than wear something heavy. The coldest weather I ride in is mid-30s, and the Vagabond is plenty warm enough with a wicking t-shirt and long-sleeve jersey. nmishmael
Nov 2, 2002 10:41 PM
re: Cycling Jacketfbg111
Nov 2, 2002 11:28 PM
PI Kodiak Barrier Jacket if you're looking for something warmer. I have two and love them. Rain & wind resistant, insulated but not heavy, soft & warm on the inside. The colors are mixed - black and yellow would be the most visible, but it has reflective strips front and back around the shoulders: