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I think there is a case to be made that you will be less visible in dark colours. Anecdotally whenever I look down the road at a group of cyclists, it's the ones in large blocks of bold colours (not necessarily fluorescent) whom I can spot first. Bright but mixed patterns of colour are also less visible from a distance. I'm not saying anyone should be ...


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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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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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If you are riding during the day time then black is fine. If you are riding during dawn/dusk a bright orange jacket makes you much more visible. If you are riding in the dark then you need lights and reflectives. Colour (black/white/orange) doesn't matter. In my opinion brightly coloured orange clothing does nothing to improve your visibility in daylight ...


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Is it a bad idea to cycle in full black clothes because of visibility? Yes. Totally. Completely. As Darwin said, it's survival of the fittest. Or in this case survival of the cyclists who get seen. But you knew that already. This is about making a choice about safety, that is, staying alive. This is not about will I have to wash it? The statistics are ...


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Short answer, yes black is not as visible during the day, night or dawn or dusk. Distracted drivers are way more likely to notice you if you stand out and most of the time Black does not stand out (neither do earth tones). Visibility colors like fluorescent orange, fluorescent yellow, and bright red are your best visibility colors. White is a not a bad color ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The answer to your question is no. Whether in day or at night, wearing all white vs. all black alone is simply not going to have a meaningful impact on your visibility. Rather than the color of your clothing, the presence of reflective elements built in to the garment should be what you are looking for. As someone mentioned, it looks like you have ...


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Full black is just fine. Just make sure you wear a high-visibility vest at all times (if cycling with a backpack - over the backpack). They are actually compulsory in my country for a couple of years. During the night, you would add a reflective ankle strap, pedal reflectors and spoke reflectors.


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It's probably a bad idea to wear all black, but you can wear a vest which will definitely improve the visibility at night while wearing all dark. This YouTube video shows how it works. It is a vest designed by RoadNoise, a USA based company, and I've bought one to use for cycling while it is dark and safety is a concern. The reflective strips is 3M Brand ...


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Did you try BetaBrand. They are costly but these are the only cloths that I've found that meet that criteria. THey have a whole line of "bike to work" clothes https://www.betabrand.com/collections/bike-to-work.html


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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 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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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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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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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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