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2017 Jacket Guide

Changing seasons bring variable weather, and that means different conditions depending on your location. Consider these jackets our picks for each set of conditions you're likely to face with winter fast approaching.

2017 Jacket Guide

Changing seasons bring variable weather, and that means different conditions depending on your location. Consider these jackets our picks for each set of conditions you're likely to face with winter fast approaching.

Men's
Women's

Castelli

Alpha ROS

Purpose: Everyday

Castelli Alpha ROS

Castelli

Alpha ROS

Purpose: Everyday

When colder temps have arrived, finding a balance between weather protection and heat management becomes truly essential. It's precisely these conditions, where rain, snow, and wind are expected, for which Castelli built the Alpha ROS (Rain or Shine) jacket. Its Gore WindStopper membrane makes it both windproof and extremely water resistant. But the real genius lies in the insulating layer, which can remain sealed with the shell opened for fine-tuned ventilation. Paired with Castelli's excellent signature fit, the result is as close to a true every-condition winter jacket as we've worn to date.

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Giordana

AV Extreme

Purpose: Winter

Giordana AV Extreme

Giordana

AV Extreme

Purpose: Winter

Waterproof, well insulated, and fit with trademark precision, Giordana's AV Extreme jacket has become a go-to when heading out in sub-freezing weather. Its eVent membrane is thoroughly proven in both cycling and expedition attire, where it's trusted for its ability to evacuate precipitation while blocking wind and rain. Warmth is provided by Polartec's Alpha 60 insulation, which offers maximum heat retention with minimal volume and nearly zero drying time. Of course, the race-grade fit minimizes wind interference, encouraging all-out efforts in the face of blustery winter storms.

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CHPT 3

1.41 K61

Purpose: Style

CHPT 3 1.41 K61

CHPT 3

1.41 K61

Purpose: Style

For distinguished cyclists heading out in milder weather, allow us to suggest this pinnacle rain jacket from CHPT 3, a collaborative effort between David Millar and Castelli. Designed for a true race fit and tailored like a fine suit, this masterpiece is equal parts visually striking and unimpeachably functional in its ability to shield the rider from wind and rain. Its eVent membrane ensures that you'll be barricaded from the weather, while tasteful accents like the buttoned cuffs set it apart in a pack. But mind the fit, as it works best for those with pro cyclist physiques, or a fairly slim facsimile.

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Gore Bike Wear

1985 SHAKEDRY

Purpose: Rain

Gore Bike Wear 1985 SHAKEDRY

Gore Bike Wear

1985 SHAKEDRY

Purpose: Rain

If precipitation is your primary concern, consider the 1985 SHAKEDRY jacket your best option. Built with Gore's class-leading Active SHAKEDRY membrane, this jackets material mimics the function of a three-layer hardshell, long a staple of mountaineers, but forgoes the face fabric, and in turn, eliminates the possibility of the fabric wetting out and compromising its ability to vent perspiration. The upshot is an unbelievably light and immensely packable rain jacket whose weather protective qualities rival those of much more substantial jackets, while maintaining breathability that is simply second to none.

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Assos

rS.sturmPrinz EVO

Purpose: Race

Assos rS.sturmPrinz EVO

Assos

rS.sturmPrinz EVO

Purpose: Race

For those seeking category-leading technology, the Assos rS.sturmPrinz Evo should elicit an undeniable sense of desire. Built to work as part of a cold weather system, this waterproof jacket utilizes a secrecy-shrouded Swiss-made fabric which is temperature sensitive. What that means in practice is that, in warm weather, the rS.sturmPrinz's membrane dilates, allowing for enhanced ventilation, while cooler weather causes it to constrict, enhancing the weatherproofness. Of course, this magic is presented in Assos's signature "click" fit, making this a pinnacle piece worthy of those who demand excellence.

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Pearl Izumi

P.R.O. Pursuit Aero

Purpose: Wind

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pursuit Aero

Pearl Izumi

P.R.O. Pursuit Aero

Purpose: Wind

Developed to be worn start to finish on rides where cold winds are the primary weather consideration, the P.R.O. Pursuit Aero jacket expertly combines windproof panels with ventilated sections, ensuring that the rider cools at a rate that encourages continued output, not a return to home base. The luxurious softshell material used at the sleeves works with its full-coverage cut to lend a touch of warmth, while carefully placed ventilating panels guarantee comfort even as you approach maximum effort.

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Louis Garneau

Modesto 3

Purpose: Value

Louis Garneau Modesto 3

Louis Garneau

Modesto 3

Purpose: Value

The Modesto 3 Jacket proves that one need not spend top dollar to get an immensely functional piece of cycling attire. Built around a sensible club fit, and available in a raft of colors ranging from subdued to attention-grabbing, this wind jacket is made to extend your season into the fall months. Breathable panels at key points enable this jacket to evacuate excess heat throughout the ride, while its versatile fit allows for a variety of layering options, which can extend this jacket's utility well into winter.

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Competitive Cyclist Gearheads are your resource for all things cycling. They're bike experts with knowledge and experience that's second to none. Whether you're thinking about your next dream build, you need advice on components, or you have questions about an existing order, don't hesitate to contact a Gearhead.

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Castelli

Alpha ROS

Purpose: Everyday

Castelli Alpha ROS

Castelli

Alpha ROS

Purpose: Everyday

When colder temps have arrived, finding a balance between weather protection and heat management becomes truly essential. It's precisely these conditions, where rain, snow, and wind are expected, for which Castelli built the Alpha ROS (Rain or Shine) jacket. Its Gore WindStopper membrane makes it both windproof and extremely water resistant. But the real genius lies in the insulating layer, which can remain sealed with the shell opened for fine-tuned ventilation. Paired with Castelli's excellent signature fit, the result is as close to a true every-condition winter jacket as we've worn to date.

Shop Alpha ROS

Assos

bonkaJacketLaalaLai

Purpose: Winter

Assos bonkaJacketLaalaLai

Assos

bonkaJacketLaalaLai

Purpose: Winter

For true winter conditions, where most choose to stay inside, this pinnacle piece from Assos is an invaluable asset for venturing outside on your bike. It starts with Assos's proprietary Stratagon airBlock material at key locations, which block even the most bone-chilling winds. However, once you're rolling you'll need to vent heat, which is why Assos included RXQ panels at the back, to shed excessive warmth while maintaining core temperatures. And when you consider details like the integrated neck protector and signature "click" fit, it becomes clear why we regard this as the finest ladies' winter jacket available today.

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7mesh

Revelation

Purpose: Everyday

7mesh Revelation

7mesh

Revelation

Purpose: Everyday

In the realm of heavy-duty rain jackets, the Revelation reigns supreme. It starts with an uncompromising fit that's designed to allow for layering in a range of conditions. But the real story here is Gore's unparalleled Pro 3-layer membrane, which is more commonly found in professional-level mountaineering gear and ski touring equipment. This windproof, waterproof material shrugs off both storm conditions and crashes, while offering breathability that many less protective membranes still can't touch. When sleet is on the forecast for the next week and you need to ride, you'll do no better than the Revelation.

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Louis Garneau

Modesto 3

Purpose: Value

Louis Garneau Modesto 3

Louis Garneau

Modesto 3

Purpose: Value

The Modesto 3 Jacket proves that one need not spend top dollar to get an immensely functional piece of cycling attire. Built around a sensible club fit, and available in a raft of colors ranging from subdued to attention-grabbing, this wind jacket is made to extend your season well into the fall months. Breathable panels at key points enable this jacket to evacuate excess heat throughout the ride, while its versatile fit allows for a variety of layering options, which can extend this jacket's utility well into the winter months.

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Gore Bike Wear

Lady SHAKEDRY

Purpose: Race

Gore Bike Wear Lady SHAKEDRY

Gore Bike Wear

Lady SHAKEDRY

Purpose: Race

When precipitation is likely and packability is non-negotiable, consider the Lady SHAKEDRY your new best friend. Built with Gore's class-leading Active SHAKEDRY membrane, this jackets material mimics the function of a three-layer hardshell, long a staple of mountaineers, but forgoes the face fabric, and in turn, eliminates the possibility of the fabric wetting out and compromising its ability to vent perspiration. The upshot is an unbelievably light and immensely packable rain jacket whose weather protective qualities rival those of much more substantial jackets, while maintaining breathability that is simply second to none.

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Pearl Izumi

Versa Quilted Hoodie

Purpose: Everyday

Pearl Izumi Versa Quilted Hoodie

Pearl Izumi

Versa Quilted Hoodie

Purpose: Everyday

When a spin to get coffee is on the agenda, the Versa Quilted Hoodie truly comes into its own. Built to accommodate a riding position, with longer, thumb hole-equipped sleeves and a subtly dropped tail, it's ideal for riding at a more casual pace. But the key is its quick-drying Primaloft Gold core insulation, which lends it luxurious warmth that will make it a favorite piece for running laps or running errands in cool weather conditions when you're not wearing it on the bike.

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Meet our Gearheads.

Chat, email, or call us at: (888) 276-7130

Competitive Cyclist Gearheads are your resource for all things cycling. They're bike experts with knowledge and experience that's second to none. Whether you're thinking about your next dream build, you need advice on components, or you have questions about an existing order, don't hesitate to contact a Gearhead.

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