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Totally reimagined for 2019, the new Softshell jacket draws on over 5 years of development, refinement and testing to create a winter jacket versatile enough to meet the needs of the most demanding cyclist and cover a broad range of temps and conditions. We started with an entirely new pattern and fit, working to balance a trim, flap-free fit, with room to layer and full mobility and comfort.
We drew inspiration from touring motorcycle jackets and their shaped sleeves, articulated shoulders/chest and curved back. The result is a silhouette that effortlessly fits in the riding position.
We partnered with eVent, a leader in high performance membranes, to develop our proprietary three-layer softshell, incorporating their Direct Vent stretch membrane with Primaloft performance yarn backer and durable stretch woven and DWR treated face. The result is a truly breathable softshell that has the ability to manage moisture and keep the internal climate warm, but dry -- a critical equation for long winter miles. Designed for temperatures from freezing to 50F and capable of warding off all but the most torrential downpours, thanks to it’s 10K waterproof membrane, it’s a one-jacket solution to winter riding. And, by combining the Softshell with our Alpha Long sleeve, the two-piece system easily covers the bravest of souls comfortably down to the single digits (without the risk of breaking a sweat).
Caring for your cycling gear properly will extend its life and maintain its performance, fit and quality. It’s important to consider these instructions carefully. While we stand behind the quality of our apparel, not adhering to these instructions will void our warranty against manufacturing & defects.
We strongly recommend washing your new gear before wearing it. You’ll find that your apparel will soften, and fit & comfort will improve after washing - especially with bibs & shorts.
Machine wash cool, 86°F (30°C) with like colors: Cooler temps maintain better longevity for your apparel. Like colors, especially lights, will remain more vibrant when washed with like colors.
Use mild detergent. Do not bleach or dry clean: Strong detergents & bleach can break down the fibers and elastane in the garment, dramatically reducing its life.
Close all fastenings: this goes also for other garments mixed in with your cycling apparel. Velcro closures or clasps can catch on stitching or trim and damage your garments.
Lay flat to dry. Do not tumble dry: Do not put your cycling apparel in the dryer. Even on low heat. Don’t do it. Heat can damage fabric, elastic and heat transfer logos very easily. Lycra (Elastane) is used throughout our garments to provide compression and support and is susceptible to damage from heat and can irreparably damage your apparel.
How do your vests fit?
Our vests are patterned for the riding position, with a tighter fit across the chest and an arm opening with a more forward position. This is intentional to reduce flapping and extra fabric across the chest while riding. When standing, the vest will feel tight across the chest and torso. This piece should fit tight over your jersey (with enough room for a long sleeve and base layer), and shouldn’t appear baggy. We select fabrics that have some elasticity to allow for freedom of movement even with a tailored fit to accommodate some range of fit within each size.
How do your jackets fit?
Similar to our vests, our jackets are patterned in the riding position, with a tight fit across the chest and arms with a more forward position. This is intentional to reduce flapping and extra fabric across the chest while riding. When standing, the jacket will feel tight across the chest, shoulders and torso. The arm length might appear long as well. However, the intended fit is tailored for on-the-bike positioning where the shoulders and torso no longer feel tight and the extra arm length hits the wrists in the appropriate spot. Constructed without extra fabric to flap around - it should fit tight over your jersey (with enough room for a long sleeve and base layer), but shouldn’t appear baggy. We select fabrics that have some elasticity to allow for freedom of movement even with a tailored fit to accommodate some range of fit within each size.
Our jerseys and bib shorts are intended to be form fit, providing compressive support, maximizing performance of the fabrics, and reducing fatigue and chafing. Due to the compressive nature of the fabrics, you will be able to fit into more than one size. Please use the charts below to help determine your optimum size:
|Size||90 - 100 lbs.||100 - 110 lbs.||110 - 120 lbs.||120 - 130 lbs.||130 - 140 lbs.||140 - 150 lbs.||150 - 160 lbs.||160 - 170 lbs.||170 - 180 lbs.||180 - 190 lbs.||190 - 200 lbs.||200 - 210 lbs.||210 - 220 lbs.||220 - 230 lbs.||230 - 240 lbs.||240 - 250 lbs.|
|Size||41 - 45 kg||45 - 50 kg||50 - 54 kg||54 - 59 kg||59 - 64 kg||64 - 68 kg||68 - 73 kg||73 - 77 kg||77 - 82 kg||82 - 86 kg||86 - 91 kg||91 - 95 kg||95 - 100 kg||100 - 104 kg||104 - 109 kg||109 - 113 kg|
|XXS||29" - 31"||22" - 24"||31.5" - 33.5"|
|XS||31" - 33"||24" - 26"||33.5" - 35.5"|
|S||33" - 35"||26" - 28"||35.5" - 37.5"|
|M||35" - 37.5"||28" - 30.5"||37.5" - 40"|
|L||37.5" - 40"||30.5" - 33"||40" - 42.5"|
|XL||40" - 42.5"||33" - 35.5"||42.5" - 45.5"|
|XXL||42.5" - 45"||35.5" - 38"||45.5" - 48.5"|
|XXXL||45" - 47.5"||38" - 40.5"||48.5" - 51.5"|
|XXS||74cm - 79cm||56cm - 61cm||80cm - 85cm|
|XS||79cm - 84cm||61cm - 66cm||85cm - 90cm|
|S||84cm - 89cm||66cm - 71cm||90cm - 95cm|
|M||89cm - 95cm||71cm - 77cm||95cm - 102cm|
|L||95cm - 102cm||77cm - 84cm||102cm - 108cm|
|XL||102cm - 108cm||84cm - 90cm||108cm - 116cm|
|XXL||108cm - 114cm||90cm - 97cm||116cm - 123cm|
|XXXL||114cm - 121cm||97cm - 103cm||123cm - 131cm|
Absolutely LOVE this jacket more and more every time I use it. Can you put on just this and go bike in the winter? Prob no. But here’s what you CAN do- pick the appropriate layer underneath. Pick two. Go. That was so easy, right? No ‘hmm well if I bring the arm warmers + vest where will I store it’. The jacket is good. Just go. Bonus: hunting season. NH. Orange. Gravel bikes find their way into the woods a lot and this is an added bonus. First time or two I wore it, it did seem small. But as the website notes it loosens up w wear and was perfect.
Function: This jacket is very versatile. I have worn it on morning rides in the upper-30s to the lower 60s (with various layers underneath) and it’s comfortable in that temperature range. The Event fabric does what it claims—keeps me warm/dry and wicks away moisture. I know this because after a ride, my phone (stored in the center back pocket) has condensation on it, but my body does not! Love the zip pocket…wish there was one on the right-size too. The collar/upper zip does not interfere with a helmet strap, and there is enough room to fit a neck buff when needed. The stretch panels at the cuffs are genius—keeps them snug and in place—no cold drafts up the arm. Fit: I do not want a very compressive fit in a jacket. I bought a medium based solely on the hip measurement and the hope that my arm movements would not be restricted, even though my chest and waist place me in size small. It was the right choice for me, allowing for various layering strategies. The jacket fits my hips (38”) and does not ride up on the bike. Yes, when standing, the hemline looks a bit odd in back, but on the bike, the geometry of the jacket is spot-on. The circumference of my upper arm is 12”, shoulder to shoulder 14.5”. Size M allows for good movement with 14” circumference at the upper arm and 15” from shoulder seam to shoulder seam. I’m sure there is a stretch-factor for those who want more compression, but this works for me. Hey, Velocio—perhaps adding a stretch panel to the hip (like the brilliant one at the cuff) would lend some more sizing flexibility.
I love love love this jacket. Well-fitting, well-performing. It’s been perfect in these late wet spring days.
This jacket is a good layering option for cold weather. It lets some wind in for breath-ability. I have an older model of the recon jacket and I thought this material was going to be more different from the recon than it is. The older recon jacket is much more windproof, but the thickness is the same. I expected this jacket to be thicker, like a softshell. That said, it is likely just as warm as any softshell. I also wish it had two front pockets like my recon does. Finally, I really do not like how tight the hips are and how loose the shoulders are. I am glad the shoulders are looser because they allow for more mobility than my older recon jacket, however the hip circumference is narrower than my recon. Both jackets are XL. I do not know how anyone with larger hips would fit this jacket. It would need to slide up more towards the waist. It is stretchy and for me it does stay down at my hips, but I was hoping for more room for layering, which I get on the top, but not the bottom. I also think this imbalance looks a little strange. All in all, it isn't a huge deal for me, as a person with wide shoulders and narrow hips but for someone with narrow shoulders and wide hips, it would not fit. Because I can't select both runs small and runs large, I am selecting "True to Size."
Sorry to hear you are not 100% satisfied with this jacket. We're always looking to learn more and improve our products. We would love to know more about your sizing so we can offer products in sizes that work for our customers. If possible, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work with you to dial in the fit for your next purchase.
I love the color, fit and material of the jacket. I find the jackets run a little small; I take a Large in the jackets but a medium in jerseys.