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This is a really good question, and one that I found myself asking only a few weeks ago. The aforementioned posts are great if you feel like restricting yourself to "Goretex" as the main construction fabric of the jacket you're looking for. You can find a lot of technical information about Goretex online, but one of the most basic facts about the fabric is ...


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There are other brands and fabrics, I've used a few eVent is very similar to GoreTex. Wind stopper, waterproof, breathable, my rain pants are made with eVent. I love my clothes and gloves made with WindStopper, a little cheaper, but not waterproof. When I first started commuting by bicycle, I got a Nylon jacket, made with coated nylon and taped seams. It ...


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Recently introduced by 'Altura' (the poor British man's 'Endura') is the 'Pocket Rocket': This jacket is distributed by Zyro and widely available in British bike shops. Visit a stockist and try for size wearing what you expect to be wearing underneath, i.e. more than a T-Shirt. Remember that when buying from the LBS you may pay RRP rather than 'online ...


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In my personal experience, anything you wear while riding that is even moderately water proof will trap heat and sweat and for me, I will end up just as wet if I had ridden with or without the jacket. GoreTex and the like are just riding an edge of being helpful. Short rides, cool temps, perfect. Long rides, doesn't matter, you are going to get wet. From ...


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I wear a Gore-Tex jacket (which I bought from MEC a decade ago, not cycling-specific). It has a zip and keeps my core dry and warm, e.g. for an hour of cycling in a few mm / hour. If it's very heavy rain, then I'll be soaked, but still warmish (it remains wind-proof). A layer or two of cotton and/or poly and/or wool between my skin and the jacket. It ...


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I picked up the Derecho - the reflective material is awesome, but I ride hard/am a sweater cuz the inside is always wet (15 KM commute, round trip). Been working with the cuffs & vents to no end... Haven't had horrible rain to see how it stands up but I have to pull the arms inside out to get it to dry in a reasonable amount of time. I've since picked ...


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I also live in Ottawa, and the last week I've been wearing this MEC Cycling Jersey, along with another regular jersey and a cotton white T undershirt underneath. This has been sufficiently warm for my 20 minute commute. My arms get a bit cold, because they only have 1 layer, so I think I may pick up some arm warmers if it gets too much cooler, but I don't ...


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I like that MEC jackets in general. But as you note, you will often get pretty sweaty with anything that does not vent hugely. Even in the most expensive GoreTex jacket you are still going to get sweaty. I am not convinced there is any actual great solution. There are just a series of lesser evils. MEC used to have a jacket long discontinued, and I ...


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As mentioned above, breathability can be a problem in the UK, and when you're honking up a hill in warm, wet air nothing is going to breath very well. Pit zips are a key feature on a jacket - winter or otherwise - and will increase a garment's versatility.


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I'm a fan of the Marmot PreCip. It's light, cheap (relatively), has pit zips which you will need for riding in warmer weather, a hood, and it packs up fairly small. Mine has been very durable as well. http://marmot.com/products/precip_jacket


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I have, and like, this Gore Countdown jacket. Breathable, light, waterproof, not too hot, although I haven't used it since I move to Dubai and 45c temps, Fully closable vents, so you get the best of both worlds, and reasonably cheap.


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Rivendell sells the MUSA Windshield, which covers the front of your torso. This could be worn over a fleece base jacket.


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Things like this are out there. Look at the suppliers of mountaineering clothing as well as cycle manufacturers for innovative use of contrasting fabrics for ventilation. I have an older model of this jacket: http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/mens-wind-shield-pullover?p=24991-0-425 It treats me pretty well--wind-proof front, but with fleecy breathable ...


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ski gear. water prof, light weight, bright colors, and WARM. my BURTON jacket even has a pocket made for an i-pod, and loops for headphone wires. now how cool is that?


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I am using an Endura Windchill. Even though it does not fit your initial description, I have found it excellent for autumn/early winter use. It has soft shell fabric in front, on top of arms and shoulders and even more breathable fabric in the back and under the arms. I have worn it with a microfiber liner shirt and a thin merino middle layer at ...


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In Europe, it is sold by Decathlon. You can order it here (I don't know if they deliver in Canada).


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Gore-Tex is a semi-permeable membrane: a fabric, like a net, but not woven: it's formed by stretching. It's made of expanded PTFE, like a spongy Teflon (and their patent was about how to do the expansion/manufacturing). A microscope shows it's something like bone, or a net, or holey Swiss cheese. The holes in the fabric layer are much bigger than air and ...


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It's really quite a personal decision, to be honest. What works for me may not work for you. I ride year round and on many rides, my friends look at me like I'm crazy for wearing so little. Yet, I am burning up in even that sometimes. The single best thing you can do for yourself is get clothing that is somewhat modular in nature. For instance, having a ...


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I've had similar problems this year (although it's winter here now). I ended up using a light vented (non-waterproof) spray-jacket and then treated it with water repellent (like http://www.stormwaterproofing.com). Not sure about the longevity of the treatment. It's lasted a couple of months for me so far, but I've been careful to minimise rubbing on the ...



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