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Santini Kines Jacket $0.00
Unless you're part of the unfortunate few, like ourselves, that spend half of the year below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a jacket for subfreezing conditions will melt you on your first climb. In a more temperate climate, the piece that you turned to for protection will soon become your predator. That's why its important to plan accordingly for your conditions. So, if your idea of cold is the low 50s, the Santini Kines Jacket is for you. With a wind-resistant design, a precise, jersey-like fit, and Italian, handmade construction, the Kines jacket blends Santini's rich cycling heritage with contemporary technology.
To make the Kines jacket a suitable protector from the elements, Santini constructed it from the wind-resistant, TK fabric. This material has a great deal of stretch, and it's also lightweight, breathable, and highly conforming to the body. Weighing in closer to a jersey than outerwear, the Kines is designed on more of the airy end of the spectrum, with Santini recommending it for temperatures varying from the low 50s to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat tolerance is supported by a few key features. Of course, at the front of the jacket, there's a full-length zipper that's indispensable for dumping heat on-the-fly. Additionally, this zipper has been backed with an internal draft flap to avoid cool air from infiltrating the jacket. And at the side panels and undercarriage of the sleeves, Santini incorporated open-mesh inserts that not only assist in the breathing and ventilation of the jacket, but they also support the precise, anatomic fit of the Kines.
After all, Santini knows that expensive, technical fabrics are moot when a jacket's fit is off. And in our opinion, fit is where Santini truly breaks off onto its own course. Knowing that the Kines isn't meant for lounging, Santini designed the cut to accommodate your body in the cycling position. What does this mean? Simple. The shape of everything from the seams to the hems are contoured for the cycling-specific position of reaching from the saddle to the bars. And with its stretchable, polyester composition, you'll also experience the fabric conforming to your body, specifically. This system eliminates any bunching or chafing throughout movement.
For storage of your ride essentials, Santini included a large rear cargo pocket. And within this pocket is a handy, miniature pouch that the entire jacket is designed to fold and stow into. This means that the Kines can be fully stowed in your jersey pocket, discreetly. To increase your visibility to motorists on the road, reflective accents have been incorporated throughout the jacket.
The Santini Kines Jacket is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Black and White.
- Wind-resistant TK fabric with mesh inserts
- Precise, anatomical fit
- Full-length zipper with an internal draft flap
- Large rear cargo pocket
- Jacket can be easily packed and stowed away
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- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
- Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
- Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Reviews & Community
- Fit:True to size
First of all, this jacket looks really sharp. I get lots of looks and inquiries when wearing. As another reviewer states the cut is best on a cyclist's physique. That's me. I wear race fit kit so the Kines is not under pressure from flapping garments and that probably helps it fit like a tailored jersey.
Vents keep it from being a greenhouse and it is a perfect packable. Its very subtle branding make it wearable with just about any kit.
Very happy with this one.
- Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit:Runs small
This is a tissue-thin shell. It's VERY light, and packs down to a ball the size of a squash ball (really small). It is also pro fit (I usually wear a medium but ordered Large in Santini since they run small). Don't buy this unless you have a cyclists physique.
Otherwise, it's well-made, very light, very close-fitting, and seems like a good early-morning chill breaker. I'll use it on my commute this week and report back.
Made in Italy
- Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
I have similar packable jackets from Castelli and Craft. The Castelli Velo is thoughtfully engineered (as always) but made in China. The Craft is good. But this Santini "Kines" jacket is my favorite. Best function, venting, and styling overall. And the Santini is beautifully sewn & designed and features perfect QC.
PROS: You can easily roll-up and pack this jacket into one of your jersey pockets. Clever vents along the sides. Great looking. Strong zipper. Very good price (at CC).
Fit: Santini runs small! Size up at least +1 with this garment. Maybe +2 -esp if you are wearing this over a thick jacket.
Santini (family owned and run in Italy) obviously puts a lot of pride into the design, sewing, and quality of their cycling clothing.