LOUIS GARNEAU MEN'S JACKETS/VESTS
In our neck of the woods, winter riding requires a shell jacket for wind-blocking purposes, however, it's rarely cold enough to necessitate a thermal jersey and the shell. And as the cycling industry has finally embraced the base layer, we've become quite fond of matching our base layers to the weather and simply wearing a shell over them. This winter, we want you to experience the way that we like to ride, so we're throwing in a Louis Garneau's Sprint Short Sleeve Base Layer with the purchase of the venerable Massimo Two Jacket.
With the combination of the Massimo and the Sprint, you'll find that this method has the benefit of allowing each piece to function as well as it possibly can. After all, a base layer's job is to move moisture away from your skin, and a shell's breathability is simply the act of moisture and vapor exiting the jacket. With no intermediary jersey layer to slow that transfer, their functions are less theoretical and more real world.
This is the premise of why we're offering the Louis Garneau Massimo Two Jacket with a Sprint base layer as a gift package this winter. We've come to appreciate both of these pieces on their own, and at this time of year, we have firsthand experience that the pairing is complementary -- we know that whomever ends up with this gift will agree.
We chose the Massimo Two for a couple of reasons, first and foremost being the jacket's construction. Garneau made the Massimo Two from a combination of fabrics that includes Heat Maxx, Wind Dry 12K, and SS Trainer. And when purposefully positioned on the pattern, each material works in concert to block wind, retain heat, and move moisture quickly to the exterior, where it can evaporate. We also selected it because the Massimo Two is designed more like a jersey than a jacket, particularly in regard to pockets. Rather than a rudimentary pass-through access point, the Massimo has three generously sized rear pockets, all as easily accessed as standard jersey pockets. This ensures that you lose nothing in terms of function by going with the base layer/jacket combination.
As for the base layer, the Sprint plays a host of roles, with the first and foremost going to thermo-regulation. This is achievable through its breathable, Supra Filo fabric construction. Basically, the fabric efficiently pulls moisture away from the skin in order to keep you dry. And when it's paired a jacket like the Massimo, this assists in maintaining a consistent insulation layer. So, the more that your core temperature rises, the better that the Sprint works at keeping you comfortable. Another added benefit of the Sprint is its soft-to-the-touch, flatlock seam design. This seam design eliminates the typical chafing in high-articulation areas by maintaining a low-profile, non-poignant construction.
The Louis Garneau Massimo Two Jacket is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Ginger/white and Royal/white. The Sprint Base Layer will arrive in the same size as the jacket and in the color White.