Race capes

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Race capes

Postby Herbsman » Sun Sep 23, 2012 13:42 pm

Who here uses a race cape? A few people have discouraged me from buying one, saying they get too hot and sweaty. However, after more than an hour of cold rain I was really suffering towards the end of today's race. Is it worth spending £60 on something I'm going to use two or three times a year, or would a windproof jersey (e.g. Endura FS260 pro, also £60) be better?
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Re: Race capes

Postby fish156 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 13:53 pm

I own a race cape but never use it. If it's a wet race I use a gilet. I know I'll be soaked whatever I wear, but the gilet ensures my core remains warm enough. I use a clear Assos gilet so you can still (just about) see my race number.

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Re: Race capes

Postby JGSI » Mon Sep 24, 2012 06:18 am

fish156 wrote:I own a race cape but never use it. If it's a wet race I use a gilet. I know I'll be soaked whatever I wear, but the gilet ensures my core remains warm enough. I use a clear Assos gilet so you can still (just about) see my race number.

+1 for keeping the body warm and lessening wind chill down . out of interest what size have you got for your height for the Assos... ?

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Re: Race capes

Postby fish156 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 06:32 am

JGSI wrote: out of interest what size have you got for your height for the Assos... ?

Small. 5'8".

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Re: Race capes

Postby JGSI » Mon Sep 24, 2012 06:42 am

fish156 wrote:
JGSI wrote: out of interest what size have you got for your height for the Assos... ?

Small. 5'8".


cheers, I'm assuming that's a tight fit , at 6 2 should go with a large I suppose

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Re: Race capes

Postby fish156 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 06:49 am

JGSI wrote:
fish156 wrote:
JGSI wrote: out of interest what size have you got for your height for the Assos... ?

Small. 5'8".


cheers, I'm assuming that's a tight fit , at 6 2 should go with a large I suppose


Yeah a snug fit. I'd recommend trying one on before buying.

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Re: Race capes

Postby ju5t1n » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:37 am

I raced yesterday in the rain and used my windproof baselayer. Kept dry and warm and the comms could still see my race numbers. http://www.cyclesportsuk.co.uk/product_ ... s_id=11916

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Re: Race capes

Postby hammerite » Mon Sep 24, 2012 13:00 pm

I'd recommend a windproof base layer too. I use the Prendas ones.

I have a race cape, but never had to use it racing. Have used it on normal rides though. I got one of the Outwet ones that Planet X were flogging cheap and claiming that Liquigas use. Seemed to do the job ok, for about £30

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Re: Race capes

Postby esafosfina » Wed Oct 03, 2012 15:02 pm

I always fold a cape or at least a gilet in my back pocket... just in case. Nothing worse than getting piss-wet through and cold either racing or training. Mind you, I'm getting pretty soft nowadays!

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Re: Race capes

Postby Monty Dog » Tue Oct 09, 2012 20:48 pm

The notion that anything will keep you dry in the middle of the pack in the pi$$ing rain is a misnomer. The key is just keeping warm so a gilet or windproof baselayer is pretty good.
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Re: Race capes

Postby Herbsman » Wed Oct 10, 2012 06:39 am

Monty Dog wrote:The notion that anything will keep you dry in the middle of the pack in the pi$$ing rain is a misnomer. The key is just keeping warm so a gilet or windproof baselayer is pretty good.

With a gilet though, if it's not a clear one, and you've pinned your numbers to it, and then the rain stops and the sun comes out, and you get too warm and need to take it off....
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Re: Race capes

Postby mclarent » Wed Oct 10, 2012 13:05 pm

Don't pin your numbers to your gilet, just on your jersey. if you're competitive in the last bit of the race (i.e. it actually matters) you can pull it up at the back so the line judges can see them. If you're outside of the points, doesn't matter anyway.
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