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Word From The Wax Bench...

It’s Jacket Season !?!?!?

It’s jacket season! I know…shut up, we are ready for it to not be jacket season anymore. What I’m getting at is this is the time of year where you really appreciate certain pieces of gear that make these in-between temps (40s-60s) tolerable, even enjoyable on your bike. A nice cycling jacket can make a world of difference, and we have some pretty cool options that can become your new favorites. There are some high tech (dare I say, space age) materials that go into making these pieces windproof, waterproof, lightweight, and breathable. Here are a few that have us excited this spring:
Specialized Deflect Reflect H2O Jacket
This is the layer for getting you out the door when the weather suggests otherwise. Deflect windproof and waterproof material has been updated this year with little fleece micro dots on the inside to create a small channel for air to flow and reduce sweat buildup. Reflectivity is present on nearly the entire piece making you super visible on the road (even with the black version). Since it has front pockets, this could just become your new rain jacket off the bike too. Who needs to look at the forecast when you’ve got one of these in your closet?
-Also, check out the several variations on this jacket: Deflect H2O Road, Deflect H2O Comp, and the new Deflect H20 Pac which is an ultra-light, packable, waterproof jacket weighing less than 100 grams.
Louis Garneau X-Lite Cycling Jacket
It’s a jersey pocket miracle, this wind shell weighs in at just over 2 ounces! Incredibly light, and packable so you can literally fold it up into itself and carry it with you whenever the temps might dip. Not waterproof, but would certainly be better than getting totally hosed in the rain without it. I’d go so far as to say that a jacket like this is an essential part of your gear puzzle along with things like lights, and a flat kit if you’re a frequent cyclist.
-For a basic, compact rain shell, the LG Clean Imper is a great option for a frame bag, back pack, or pannier
Louis Garneau Alpha Cycling Vest
Need something to keep your core warm and add some visibility? Who doesn’t like a good vest? The Alpha vest has both covered with Polartec lining, a super breathable back and loads of reflective detailing. This sharp looking and versatile vest is equally at home on the bike, rollerskiing, running, or maybe an outdoor beer fest…just saying.
So there’s our quick first impression from this season’s jacket/vest crop. We continue to be impressed by the level of engineering and thought that goes into these weather specific products, and it further reinforces our belief in the sentiment that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Picking up a nice piece of clothing or equipment that expands the conditions in which you can enjoy your favorite activities can really enrich your appreciation both for how nice it is when the weather cooperates, but also can help you expand your scope of what you’re capable of achieving. Ok, enough reading. Time to go play—stop at the shop and suit up! Mention you read this article and get 15% off in-stock cycling jackets or vests at the Moon—good through May 13th.
—Ian

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