They say in places where the weather is truly seasonal, that there is nothing wrong with the weather itself, but you may have an issue with your jacket, which is to say, yes, it’s cold/rainy/windy as it always is, but you’ll be fine if you’re wearing the right stuff. I have lived in New England for nearly 30 years now, so it’s odd, to say the least, that I don’t have a light cycling jacket that I like.
I have a great super-light, packable rain jacket, made by Mavic. It is translucent and really a last resort if real weather happens. I have a great thin, fleece-lined jacket with jersey-style pockets, made by Capo. It’s great when it’s not raining, and it’s cold, but not too cold. I have an array of warmer jackets from Cadence, and Panache, and Pearl Izumi, stuff I was given to review or simply given, and so I’m in good shape when the mercury drops below freezing.
But I just don’t have that one “cool” weather, wind-resistant top layer that I find myself wanting pretty much all the time right now.
Before you flood me with suggestions (and I do want suggestions), let me tell you what I care about, and what I don’t. First, I like simple things. So one color, probably black or gray or white or green, is best. I don’t like garish logos. I don’t need this jacket to have pockets. I don’t mind if it flaps a little in the wind. It doesn’t need to be waterproof, but it ought not be crocheted either. I am 5’9″ and 160lbs, so tall, thin, race-cut stuff doesn’t work so well for me. Money is not an object, not because I have a lot, but more because I like to buy one thing and use it a lot. When I get this jacket, I will likely jettison two or three others.
So, this week’s Group Ride asks, what everyday, light cycling jacket should I get? And even if what you like doesn’t work for me, what do you wear and why do you like it? Be sure to include some information about your body shape because, in my experience, what jacket wears well often depends on what body-type it was tailored for.
Image: Cafe du Cycliste Madeleine