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    durable, breathable vest

    temps 15-30f
    i have a pearl izumi convertible jacket i have been wearing to keep the wind off. i have found i can't leave the sleeves attached even when 15 degrees. I end up feeling like i am in a tent and am completely soaked. Other issue is i ride a lot of tight trail and the jacket is so thin that it's already full of rips and holes in just a short time.
    I am thinking i need to find a vest thats not cycling specific. one thats made of more durable material but still very vented and breathable.
    any suggestions?

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    i did some searching online and found this Men's Dry on the Fly Vest - Duluth Trading

    i ordered one to try.

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    Any of the soft shell fabric vests would work:

    https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/me...ariationId=EWQ

    I'm sure you can find a clearance model or an off brand version for 50% less than ^^ cost, but I provide the link to show you what I am talking about.

    They shed snow and don't absorb much moisture.
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    I definitely agree with soft shell being the way to go, or at least it works for me. I have this jacket Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Jacket - Closeout!
    and it works well for me in a wide variety of temperatures depending on what i layer underneath, it's very breathable, never get that tent feeling in it. I'm not sure if they make a convertible version of that one though...

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    Vented and breathable might be hard to find in a vest. Montbell males a best that I use. Everything I purchase for winter cycling I put extra venting in.

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    I'm wearing one of these: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0158J3H2K
    it's definitely durable. I unzip the front for ventilation and when the ride is over, turn up the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rda View Post
    temps 15-30f
    i have a pearl izumi convertible jacket i have been wearing to keep the wind off. i have found i can't leave the sleeves attached even when 15 degrees. I end up feeling like i am in a tent and am completely soaked. Other issue is i ride a lot of tight trail and the jacket is so thin that it's already full of rips and holes in just a short time.
    I am thinking i need to find a vest thats not cycling specific. one thats made of more durable material but still very vented and breathable.
    any suggestions?
    I use lycra arm warmers with my vest when it is too warm for a jacket, the vest is mostly mesh on the back, the arm warmers are breathable and tight fitting so they do not snag on foliage.

    My go to cycling jacket is not waterproof but has a large rear pocket and extended back, I tried a few waterproof ones but always overheated in them.
    The wheel is a extension of the foot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    I'm wearing one of these: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0158J3H2K
    it's definitely durable. I unzip the front for ventilation and when the ride is over, turn up the heat.
    $250 for a vest? Wow.

    $60:
    Helly Hansen Paramount Soft-Shell Vest - Men's - 2014 Closeout - REI.com

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