Vest for riding in the winter on the PNW-
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  1. #1
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    Vest for riding in the winter on the PNW

    Luckily for us, we can ride all year round. I'm thinking I want to try to find a vest of some sort to wear overtop of a long sleeve riding jersey (I normally just wear an underarmor t-shirt under it). I don't care of if my arms get cold, I just want to make sure I don't overheat in general.

    My RaceFace Chute jacket is for the really cold and raining days.

    I'm thinking a thin vest by Arcteryx would be alright. I just don't know how thick to go.

    What do you guys wear? (those that wear vests)
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    i have two that i wear, one is the castelli gabba fawsome windstopper front vest and the other is a gore brand jacket that the sleeves unzip off. you want a vest with some sort of gather around the armholes to keep the heat in the torso. i also like the windstopper brand to keep the cold off the chest.
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    I have many of these and use them for biking, xc skiing, running, etc...

    probably my most useful piece of gear.

    The back is mesh.

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    I live & ride in the PNW, too. Nearly always ride in a vest. My go to vest for the 30-40 degree range is an Ibex nylon shell with thin bonded wool insulation. Sounds heavier than it is, but it's much more than a thin windshell.

    Unfortunately I understand Ibex has gone out of business.

    I also have an old Pendleton wool shirt with snaps that I cut the sleeves off and this makes a great vest. I love the snaps because they can be worked with gloved hands, unlike buttons. Arguably as good as or better than a zipper.

    I also various vests for warmer days, thin ones made for cycling. Vests are awesome.

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    I have a rubberized race-face one that works pretty damn well, nothing fancy, pocket on the backside for your tube or stash or whatever. Not sure this needs to be very fancy or even breathable, since you got two huge arm holes.
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    I ended up going with a vest that was designed for XC skiing and running. Well fitted, stretchy and the backside extends lower than the front slightly.

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