When it comes to cycling in inclement weather, we're not afraid to be picky about gear because demanding exactly what we want means we also aren't afraid to brave nasty conditions. The Women's Giordana NS-Air 60 Jacket meets many of our expectations for anti-weather gear, including elemental protection, a relatively aggressively tailored fit, and a lightweight, eminently packable footprint. These qualities in turn help ensure we meet our season goals by getting in our base miles and intervals, regardless of what the mercurial conditions of late fall and early spring throw our way.
As far as protection goes, the NS-Air 60 slots in between the lighter NS-Air 20 and the hatches-battened protection of the NS-Storm Rain Jacket. It's better suited for cold temperatures than the Air 20, but it lacks the taped seams of the Storm, attributes that, on the road, translate to a jacket that is water-resistant instead of waterproof and packs down to fit in a jersey pocket. In contrast, the Air 20 packs down smaller but won't protect against wet, windy weather when the temperature drops and the Storm will keep you completely dry in a deluge but is bulkier to pack when the storm clears.
Despite those differences, all NS jackets enjoy a race-worthy silhouette that isn't quite as painted on as summer-weight gear but does reduce flapping and excess material, so fit is one more area where we can be unreasonably picky. The high collar extends the NS-Air 60's elemental barrier up the throat, and a built in pocket lets the jacket stow itself for tidier compaction when it's stashed in a pocket amidst gels and tubes. That stowability means that the jacket is indispensable during the kind of hours-long base miles in early spring where the weather can change in minutes.
- A cycling jacket for inclement conditions in shoulder seasons
- Nano Shell technology resists wind and water
- Medium weight protects in late fall and early spring
- Race-worthy fit means training doesn't mean dressing down
- High collar maintains barrier against neck
- Stows in a built-in pocket for easier stashing when the weather clears