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Cycling Jackets

Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket Review

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2017

Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket Review

The Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket is a wind and water resistant, packable mountain bike shell.

Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket Review

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2017

Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket Review

The Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket is a light windbreaker, that provides exceptional protection against heavy rain and breathes reasonably well.

Louis Garneau Torrent RTR Review

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2017

Louis Garneau Torrent RTR Review

The Louis Garneau Torrent RTR is a wind and water resistant, packable, light-weight mountain bike shell with many reflective hits.  

Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Review

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2017

Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Review

The Pearl Izumi MTB WRX is a sleek, form-fitting wind and water resistant, packable mountain bike shell.

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

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2017

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is a versatile windbreaker that protects against diverse elements and breathes comfortably throughout the entire jacket.

Sugoi Versa

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2016

Sugoi Versa

The Sugoi Versa is a cycling jacket, vest and shrug/sleeves in one modular garment. 

Pearl Izumi ELITE Barrier Convertible

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2016

Pearl Izumi ELITE Barrier Convertible

The Pearl Izumi ELITE Barrier Convertible is one of the lightest jackets in the test with a minimal degree of water- and weather-resistance and high degree of visibility. It has a sleek, trim fit and removing the sleeves is fast and simple.

Louis Garneau Spire Convertible

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2016

Louis Garneau Spire Convertible

The Louis Garneau Spire Convertible is the warmest and most wind-proof cycling jacket in the test. It has a very high degree of breathability and visibility. However, reattaching the detached sleeves cannot be done while wearing the jacket.

Canari Optima

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2016

Canari Optima

The Canari Optima is the lightest jacket in the test with a very high-degree of breathability. Magnetic snaps make interchangeability between jacket, vest and arm sleeves/shrug fast and precise. However, it offers very minimal wind- and water-resistance. 

Gore Element Windstopper Active Shell Zip-Off Lady

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2016

Gore Element Windstopper Active Shell Zip-Off Lady

The Gore ELEMENT Windstopper Active Shell Zip-Off Lady is the lightest jacket in the test with the highest degree of wind resistance and breathability. It has a sleek, trim fit with enough stretch in the arms and shoulders to accommodate the cyclist in any position.