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packable rain jacket(7 posts)

packable rain jacketcmp
Nov 26, 2002 6:54 AM
Anyone have experience with the "new breed" of lightweight cycling rain jackets that are made of material that is waterproof, breathes, and is packable? Two that I have seen are Castelli Lessi and Assos Clima, there are probably others as well. Looking for something I can wear in the Spring rain, and stick in my back pocket when the rain stops. Thanks in advance!
Assos Clima Micro Questionsms
Nov 26, 2002 7:23 AM
I have been thinking about the Assos Clima Micro. I have two questions: (1) How delicate is the jacket? I have seen the jacket on others and the membrane looks like it could rip easily. (2) Any recommendations for sizing? The jackets are sized I-II-III-IV rather than S-M-L-XL. I am 5'11" and 162 lbs. I have both the Assos Roubaix and Assos Airblock jackets in Large -- they fit perfectly.
Assos Clima Micro Questionsmorency
Nov 26, 2002 8:15 AM
take size III, it's a bit wide for rides in hard wind
it's more suited for summer-rides, because after 2 hours in the rain it's not longer waterproof and you'll have to let it dry. It's a more delicate fiber but it isn't rapidly ripped.
I have the Assos Ghibli jacket!Bill J Pappas
Nov 26, 2002 9:17 AM
and so far its performed very well, in wet, and windy days. When not needed, I can stuff it into my rear pocket well enough, and the rear vent makes it fairly breathable! The material is a tightweave microfibre(Co. calls it Airblock!) I washed it, then sprayed it with revivex( goretex dwr treatment), then dried it for abit. I haven't worn it in long downpours, so longterm rainproofness isn't known; but coming back from one ride, it started raining hard, then turned to snow showers, and for over 40min it kept me dry, despite the fact that the jacket became saturated!
I bought it from Parker International, so far they have the best prices for Assos stuff.
I have the Assos Ghibli jacket!cmp
Nov 27, 2002 11:05 AM
Thanks for the advice! I just picked up a Ghibili jacket for only $79 from Branford Bike. It was a leftover size from last year, so it was discounted. Apparently, the new model is called Oxygen. This is a LOT cheaper than other options I was looking at, and I appreciate the bright yellow color for visibility.
I just got a Nalini Sinchi jacket.dzrider
Nov 26, 2002 7:57 AM
It works well for light rain and the material is very comfortable. I've washed it and dried it on the line and it remained water proof, but I can't speak yet about it's durablility or if it would do well in a really heavy downpour. They still have some for < $30 at ProBikeKit, but only in black, not a color I'd choose for rainy day riding.
re: packable rain jacketzeke
Nov 29, 2002 6:11 AM
try boure. its a bit expensive ($90) but well worth it. it can easily fit into a seat pack or into one of the pockets on your jersey.