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2018 Jacket Guide

Take a look at this season's standouts for the full spectrum of fall and winter conditions.

Men's
Women's

Giordana
FR-C PRO Lyte

You might think of the FRC-Pro Lyte as Girodana's less toasty, but more versatile answer to the Espresso V. The similarities extend far beyond the windproof and water resistant softshell at the front, the warming grid fleece backing, and the stretchy, breathable panel at the small of the back. The fit is similarly aggressive, and it's cut for comfort when riding, not when standing around. With careful layering, this standout will gladly take on deep winter conditions, but its overall lighter insulation will extend its range into the milder months, or make it a perfect choice for those dealing with winter in more temperate climates.

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ASSOS
Mille GT Winter

Built around the newly released Neos softshell fabric, the Mille GT is yet another shining example of the mastery of fit and materials for which ASSOS apparel is prized. The Neos fabric is both windproof and extremely water resistant, making it ideal for heading out in highly variable conditions. While it makes for a rugged and immensely protective jacket, the soft hand and fleece grid backing lends it a feel that's luxurious as well. For those seeking pinnacle protection in an aggressive, race inspired fit, the Mille GT should not be overlooked.

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GORE
C5 SHAKEDRY™ 1985 Insulated

If you find yourself undeterred by the thought of riding through truly heinous winter conditions, there is arguably no jacket better suited for the task than GORE’s C5 SHAKEDRY™ 1985 Insulated jacket. Mating GORE’s exceptional SHAKEDRY™ material, which is windproof and guaranteed waterproof, with a generous helping of Primaloft insulation, which retains its warmth even when wet, this jacket feels light in hand, but packs a degree of weather protection that's on par with a ski jacket. Its fit is slim, but not as aggressive as some others, which is perfect when the mercury plummets and additional layers are needed.

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Castelli
Espresso V

For truly frigid winter conditions, the Castelli's Espresso V is one of the finest jackets we've ever worn. The windproof and water resistant face fabric at the chest and the shoulders allows the rider to cut through harsh winter winds, while carefully placed knit panels at the back work in conjunction with the fleece lining to offer the breathability and heat regulation necessary to keep you dry and comfortable during hard efforts. Better yet, the finely tuned cuffs eliminate an all-too-common ingress point for cold air. The aggressive fit and impressive warmth will endear this piece to those who routinely venture out in mid-winter conditions.

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PEARL iZUMi
Elite Escape Amfib

For those preferring a club fit, yet desiring the full suite of technical features found in the class leaders, PEARL iZUMi's Elite Escape Amfib jacket fits the bill perfectly. The Amfib windproof and water resistant softshell material at the front and shoulders keeps heavy precipitation at bay while being roughly 50% more breathable than traditional softshell constructions, which helps this jacket to evacuate sweat, keeping you dry from the inside as well. The lighter degree of insulation allows the Elite Escape jacket to excel in milder conditions, while the extra layering room extends its utility when faced with a mid winter cold snap.

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Castelli
Alpha ROS

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-TEX WINDSTOPPER® membrane makes it both windproof and extremely water resistant. But the real genius lies in the integrated insulating vest, 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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ASSOS
BonkaJacketLaalalai

From cooler fall days to full blown winter conditions, the Bonka is built for women looking to put in serious miles in the off season. The face fabric feels soft, yet substantial enough to shrug off all but the harshest of winter storms. Better yet, it's proven quite adept at transferring moisture, helping to keep you dry and comfortable during hard efforts. And we'd be remiss if we overlooked one of our favorite features of the Bonka, namely its distinctive cuffs, which effectively eliminate the pesky gap between glove and wrist. For those who demand nothing less than the very best, do not overlook this exceptional piece of winter riding apparel.

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PEARL iZUMi
Elite Pursuit Amfib

If you're looking for a more relaxed fit than is typical of race focused jacket, and you still need full strength weather protection, PEARL iZUMi's Elite Escape Amfib jacket will suit your needs perfectly. The Amfib windproof and water resistant softshell material at the front and shoulders keeps heavy precipitation at bay while being roughly 50% more breathable than traditional softshell constructions. In other words, it evacuate sweat very effectively, keeping you dry and comfortable. Better yet, it's light insulation allows the Elite Escape jacket to excel in milder conditions, while the roomier fit allows for layering up when temperatures get truly frigid.

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GORE
C7 Shakedry

Although we tend to picture snow when we think of winter riding, there are plenty of locales where the season consists of rainy days rather than snow storms. For those in milder climes, GORE's C7 SHAKEDRY™ jacket remains an undisputed leader. This sleek, race inspired rain jacket forgoes the insulation found in other offerings in this guide, opting instead for GORE's truly impressive SHAKEDRY™ material, which is guaranteed waterproof and wind resistant, and built without a woven outer layer, making it impossible to "wet out. This minimalist masterpiece packs down to about the size of an apple, so it stashes easily in a jersey pocket, making it a go-to piece any time of year that the forecast looks unpredictable.

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Giordana
Fusion

Between its fairly slim fit, impeccable build quality, and the supple feel of the softshell face fabric, Giordana's Fusion jacket offers far more than its modest asking price might suggest. Then again, it should come as no surprise that the Fusion offers the fit and finish that have become Giordana's calling card. Combining windproof and highly water resistant softshell material with a fleece backing that offers a touch of warmth, this piece is perfect for the shoulder seasons, or as a midwinter option for less frigid climates. Either way, this piece is an outstanding value, which makes its obvious quality and versatility all the more impressive.

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