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    Commuter Jackets?

    Thoughts? Looking for:
    Compactable
    Reflective/visible
    Waterproof
    Breathable
    Some have that nifty button up/down tail
    Most of all: Windproof
    "...like sex with the trail." - Boe

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    I just got an older Louis Garneau jacket that has almost everything you listed. Its not highly compactable, but it has pit zips! Found it on ebay for $30! Works like a champ.

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    Expensive but nice.

    http://www.rapha.cc/wind-jacket/

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    ^^^And I just shaved my 'stache too.
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    Nashbar Essential Jacket $30.
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_202487


    Has everything you need and is cheap as well. I've been using mine for a couple of years now and am happy with it.

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    Great suggestion by tanen but I use and highly recommend Performance's Illuminite Commuter jacket. I scooped it up for 70.00 and it's been worth every penny. It came in red, blue and Hi-Vis yellow. I don't see it on the website right now so hopefully they haven't discontinued it.

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    I've been somewhat shocked to see that many of these jackets at REI average over $100, even the REI branded one. I'd assume that in order to get the breathability factor that jump must be made: from a $30 jacket to a $100 one?
    "...like sex with the trail." - Boe

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    You sir, are correct in your observations. However, if you really dig around the internet sites like Ebay, you could score a very nice jacket without paying the retail price. Jag410's find is good testament.

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    Here in the wet northwest, Showers Pass is a popular choice. I like the Double Century because it's lightweight, but at the same time it has good waterproof and breathability characteristics. If you ever go to a randonneur event, you'll see Showers Pass jackets everywhere. Expensive, but if you ride a lot, worth it. I've got three years and hundreds of rides on my Double Century and it's still going strong.

    www.showerspass.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by abmtnbkr
    You sir, are correct in your observations. However, if you really dig around the internet sites like Ebay, you could score a very nice jacket without paying the retail price. Jag410's find is good testament.
    Mine still had the tags with it, it was a $120 jacket when new. There are plenty of cycling jackets on ebay, but also check craigslist, local bike swaps, and various bike forums. Chainlove and bonktown have deals too.

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    Here in the not-quite-super-wet Northeast, I love my Gore Cross jacket. The Paclite material is fantastically wind and waterproof, but without zips is not terribly breathable. As its name suggests, it packs down so small that I leave it in my pannier literally every day - rain/sun/etc. I'll opt for a windproof/breathable jacket or vest most of the time, but on days when it's raining and <45f, I loooove this jacket.

    That said, I don't wear a rain jacket every day - so in the last year of ownership, I've only worn it maybe 30 or 40 days. Durability seems good, but no can say.

    I also owned an older Nashbar Premium Rain jacket - it fit like a trash bag, and felt like some seriously old technology - like a CB sports ski jacket from the 70's, or the team-issued warmup jackets from my high school track team. The mesh netting on the inside catches on your hands/jersey when you put it on...ugh. I bought one and wore it roughly ZERO times before sending it back.

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