photo by John Watson
By now, ya’ll know all my hangups and weirdness about cycling clothes. Pretty much most of the things I ride in beside Lycra are either mountain/climbing stuff or things I got second hand from someone who was finished with it.
In the second category is the red Sugoi windbreaker/vest that you’ve seen on the blog plenty of times. It’s my jacket, and so I wear it all the time. Rain, wind, whatever. The problem though is that it’s not waterproof, or even water resistant, not even close. I even went hypothermic at Almanzo two years ago in part because of that trait.
So how do I come to get over my hangups? Somebody gives me something and I rock the shit out of it as “duty.” That’s what happened with that Levis jacket, and is what has finally got me putting old red into retirement (at least until I need a vest.)
If I got it for free, I don’t really give a shit what anyone says or thinks about it. It was a fucking gift, stop being such a prick.
In getting ready for the LA trip, I didn’t really know what to pack as we were supposed to go on a little tour (more on that later) and there was rain forcasted. I had two choices, either pack my Patagonia rain jacket and my Sugoi windbreaker or one or the other. I either bring two pieces of gear or rock one which sucks at the other function (rain vs riding).
Luckily just before I left, Devin (half of S&S and a fast as shit MPLS cross racer) hooked me up with this thing. Problem solved. It’s both a rain jacket and a riding jacket. Brilliant.
Although I wore it the whole trip pretty much everyday (due to all the rain), the top photo by John is the only one I have of myself in the jacket.
To say that this thing saved my ass would be an understatement, we did a couple of rainy muddy cross rides, hung out at the races all day, and went to the bars. This jacket performed flawlessly the entire time, and I looked cute as hell too.
While it is possible to “soak” the jacket after hours of exposure, it was still warm, and dried off amazingly fast. That fancy Schoeller C-Change fabric is crazy badass, and the construction of this made in New York garment is of the highest quality.
The only negatives I could find have to do with the zippers. If your back gets muddy spray, you may have a hard time getting into the single rear pocket, and with the zippers being pretty large compared to the weight of the jacket, they flap around heavily and noisely when you are riding with it fully unzipped. The chatter from the bottom zipper pull tab was an irritant too at first, but I just started zipping it up a centimeter or two and that took care of that issue.
The fit should be addressed here too, as I wear a medium t-shirt, large bibs and jersey, and typically large jackets. With this though, the cut could cheritably called “athletic” but more appropriately called “climber,” I was into an XL. The odd thing is that it’s the sleeves that pushed me up a size. In the large the fabric stuck around my forearms, I just didn’t have any room for deez guns, and there was no way I could layer a long sleeve woolie under it.
While this jacket is probably way too classy for the likes of me. I’ve got to say that it is definitely highly recommended. The cut feels good while riding and the fabric is phenomenal, it’s as waterproof as can be, and is easily the most breathable jacket I’ve ever put on that can stand up to hours of rain.
It’s super rad, and I’m so glad that I own one. It’s going to get years of use.
Go get one here
I hope that’ll you’ll join Erik and myself (and possibly others) as we lay out a smorgasbord of goodies for you to root around in and purchase at incredible discounts.
Both of us have accumulated quite a bunch of bike stuff over the past few years, and I’ve always wanted an outlet that wasn’t the Blaine Velo Swap (I still love you Swap, but there’s a lot of douche bag stuff that goes on and exhibits).
Erik’s got stuff and will be on hand to answer all of your questions about framebuilding before you head off to UBI to get rich in the bike industry, and I’ll have a bunch of Bike Jerks miscellany and one offs to sell as well as tons of parts, tires, wheels, forks, jerseys, etc.
So bring down a beer and come check out a bunch of high quality bike stuff that you can purchase relatively cheaply.
Also, it was cool to meet an employee of the shop, Andrew I think, who reads the blog and took the time to say hello. Pleasure to me you sir.
I don’t usually post park edits, but you need to see this.
Check out Prolly getting some at his local cross race this past weekend. P.S. I hear you can get that Mud Foot kit at Golden Saddle Cyclery. You should totally call them.
I’ll stop with giving Kyle and John all these internet handjobs in a minute. But right now I’m stoked on my dudes.