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Light, packable jackets?

Oct. 14, 2015, 8:36 p.m.
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Thinking of getting something for when you don't really know what to wear, have two old heavier rain jackets that are fine if it's really raining but not breathable at all and still pretty bulky rolled up.

Thinking of getting one of those ultra light roadie style ones that will just fit in a pocket, which one is good?
Race face nano, or one of many from real roadie brands; castelli velo bontrager or whatever else there is.

Oct. 14, 2015, 9:07 p.m.
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My friend told me to get a RF Nano, and I didn't think I'd use it but I got one anyway since he was adamant that I would. I have now used it more than any other jacket I've owned for cycling. Not sure how it would go if it was particularly wet, but it's really hard to beat for taking the chill out when the wind is blowing and it's raining lightly.

Oct. 14, 2015, 10:31 p.m.
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Bontrager has some decent jackets mine is a older light weight waterproof deal , works well with layers in the colder months

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Oct. 14, 2015, 10:59 p.m.
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I have had the Arcteryx Squamish Hoodie for about 2 years and it's probably my single most used article of clothing. I wear it for trail riding, commuting and as an everyday windbreaker. It weighs virtually nothing, feels like tissue paper, but I have crashed 2-3 times wearing it and it still looks like new. It won't keep you dry in a full soaker situation, but sheds light rain well. Can't recommend this jacket enough.

http://arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN[HTML_REMOVED]model=Squamish-Hoody

Oct. 14, 2015, 11:24 p.m.
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For Castelli, you'd be looking at the Tempesta jacket (eVent). If it's moderate rain, don't overlook the Gabba long or short sleeve. It's not meant for downpours, but water beads right off. I got one recently and it is easy to see how it quickly became a standard garment in the pro peloton.

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Oct. 15, 2015, 9 a.m.
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Everytime a jacket thread comes up I always post the same thing, http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/mens-helium-ii-jacket.html

This thing has been bombproof (going on 5+ years now), keeps me dry, super lightweight, and is breathable as Gore Paclite. That being said, nothing is breathable for the amount I sweat when riding, but a thin long-sleeve merino layer underneath, and I don't feel the moisture.

Oct. 15, 2015, 9:12 a.m.
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Everytime a jacket thread comes up I always post the same thing, http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/mens-helium-ii-jacket.html

This thing has been bombproof (going on 5+ years now), keeps me dry, super lightweight, and is breathable as Gore Paclite. That being said, nothing is breathable for the amount I sweat when riding, but a thin long-sleeve merino layer underneath, and I don't feel the moisture.

can the hood be tucked into the collar at all ??

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Oct. 15, 2015, 9:28 a.m.
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I have dakine caliber jacket.
Its very light , waterproof, stretch breathable membrane. And a hood that fits OVer your helmet.
Fantastic winter shit hits the fan jacket. And very packable

Oct. 15, 2015, 11:36 a.m.
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Mission sent us one of these to test.

http://missionworkshop.com/products/apparel/jacket/waterproof-meridian.php

It's amazing. Great fit, very comfy and amazingly water proof. I was out for two hours on Saturday in the deluge and nothing got in.

Also extremely expensive - and made in Vancouver.

Oct. 15, 2015, 12:01 p.m.
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Mission sent us one of these to test.

http://missionworkshop.com/products/apparel/jacket/waterproof-meridian.php

It's amazing. Great fit, very comfy and amazingly water proof. I was out for two hours on Saturday in the deluge and nothing got in.

Also extremely expensive - and made in Vancouver.

Thanks Cam! I was just saying to myself "Arc'teryx is so mainstream and even Squamish doesn't seem as exclusive or expensive as when it came out. If only there was another option…"

Oct. 15, 2015, 12:01 p.m.
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http://www.mec.ca/product/5034-288/mec-farpoint-jacket-mens/

I got this jacket at mec on clearance for$60 and it's been great. Packs up to the size of my hand and it's flexible and super light weight

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Oct. 15, 2015, 12:37 p.m.
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A little old, but a reference for waterproof/breathability ratings:

Info taken from the backpackinglight forum:

Waterproof/Breathable Specs: UPDATE on 01/20/2011 15:39:52 MST

WATER BREATH
PROOF ABILITY
MM G/M 24HR
Gore-Tex Pro 2L [HTML_REMOVED] 3L 28,000 25,000
Event 30,000 22,000
Gore-Tex Paclite 28,000 15,000
Eddie Bauer Weatheredge Pro 20,000 25,000
Lowe Alpine Triple Point 20,000 20,000
Marmot MemBrain Stata 20,000 20,000
Moutain Hardwear Conduit 20,000 20,000
Norrøna 20,000 20,000
Montbell 3-layer Breeze Dry-Tec 25,000 15,000
Precip 15,000 12,000
Eddie Bauer Weatheredge Plus 10,000 10,000
Columbia Omni-Tec 10,000 10,000
Entrant DT 10,000 8,000
Pertex® Shield® DS 2.5L 10,000 7,000

The OR Helium is Pertex Shield 2.5L. (If anyone has a newer table please post it.)

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Oct. 15, 2015, 6:40 p.m.
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Second the squamish windshirt for most cold, windy, non saturating conditions.

Still searching for the ultimate breathable rain jacket for riding. But feel doomed to be wet with sweat or rain.

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Oct. 15, 2015, 10:06 p.m.
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That Neoshell fabric is very good. I have last years Acre jacket much like the Mission one posted. Same company. Not super in the jersey pocket pack able though. I got a 7mesh wind jacket which is very compressible and the fit is good. Very breathable and the fit isn't roadie tight. Because I'm not roadie emaciated.

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Oct. 15, 2015, 10:23 p.m.
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A little old, but a reference for waterproof/breathability ratings:

The OR Helium is Pertex Shield 2.5L. (If anyone has a newer table please post it.)

The OR helium is Shield+ which is 20,000g breathability. Much, much better than the old Shield DS

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