Softshell Jacket

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Bloz
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Softshell Jacket

Postby Bloz » Mon Dec 10, 2012 16:38 pm

Hi am looking for a softshell - I feel the cold but generally try to avoid riding in the rain, have already got a good waterproof. I was thinking about the Gore Phantom 2, dhb Windslam Roubaix, or the Giordana Silverline - anyone got any views about these good or bad ? Thanks.

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby styxd » Mon Dec 10, 2012 16:49 pm

Bloz wrote:Hi am looking for a softshell - I feel the cold but generally try to avoid riding in the rain


So when do you actually ride your bike then? :D

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby Camus » Mon Dec 10, 2012 21:42 pm

I have some Giordana silverline bib knickers and the quality and fit are great, if that's any use. I'd imagine that carried to other products in the same line.

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby FatTed » Tue Dec 11, 2012 05:30 am

I have the Gore phantom (not the 2) it is warm, less than 10 centigrade. MTB fit, I prefer the Rapha Winter Jersey.
If the phantom had zip vents it would be really good.

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby Peat » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:06 am

I've got one of the Aldi £15 soft-shells. So good that i usually get too hot if ambient gets above 6/7 degrees. It's lovely, you don't feel the wind cutting through you like a knife.

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby Flasher » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:24 am

FatTed wrote:I have the Gore phantom (not the 2) it is warm, less than 10 centigrade. MTB fit, I prefer the Rapha Winter Jersey.
If the phantom had zip vents it would be really good.


?? it has zip off sleeves, and you're allowed to unzip them just a little bit :wink:

Phantom is a great general all-rounder, and fairly water resistant too. But buy a size smaller than normal as they come up quite large as they are MTB fit.

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby djm501 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:29 am

I also have an Aldi soft shell and it is excellent. However, I think these things were a one-off deal (maybe to be eventually repeated) were they not? Can you still get them? If so, I'm going back!

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby Robert72 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:08 am

try Decathlon, they had some on sale last week.

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby InkZ » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:15 am

I have a Gore Phantom. I wear it with a merino base layer and haven't felt the cold yet, it's probably been down to about 1 or 2 degrees. On the days with the hardest rain in the summer I've stayed dry on my 15 minute commute, I reckon it'll probably keep me dry for double that but not much longer. Kept me warm for 50 miles on Sunday, not sure what the temp was prob about 5 degrees.

I wore it through autumn but with the sleeves off and then put the sleeves on as it got colder.

Probably my favourite bit of kit I own.

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby littleprawn » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:23 am

djm501 wrote:I also have an Aldi soft shell and it is excellent. However, I think these things were a one-off deal (maybe to be eventually repeated) were they not? Can you still get them? If so, I'm going back!


+ 1 for Aldi Jacket. Wore mine at just below freezing with synthetic thick Cantebury baseline for the hour commute.

Have a friend who also has Gore Phantom and also rates this jacket too.
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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby Fevmeister » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:16 pm

I have a pearl izumi one and its fantastic!

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby oxoman » Tue Dec 11, 2012 15:01 pm

Btwin windproof softshell from decathlon cheaper than most branded jackets comes with zipped vents and 3 rear pockets plus loads of reflective detail. Used mine down to -8 last year with just a base layer on underneath ok up to 8 / 10 degrees but a bit warm after that. Not as sweaty as the Aldi i had previously.
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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby nferrar » Wed Dec 12, 2012 15:25 pm

Gore Phantom - good, fairly breathable, windproof and shower resistant. I rarely take the arms off mine but it's come in useful a couple of times. The cut is fairly generous (it's an MTB jacket really not a roadie one) so depending on your build it might be flappy in places.
Gore Xenon (softshell version) - similar to the Phantom but arms don't detach and is race cut
Assos Habu - very nice but not quite as warm as the Phantom (it's not designed to be though), race fit cut and amazingly breathable
Assos 851 Airblock - I bought mine in way too big a size so it suffers as a result, if I'd bought it the right size I don't think I'd wear the Phantom on the road anymore
Assos Bonka - not ridden in it yet but cut is great (mille for me :p ) and has some neat features
Altura Nightvision (softshell) - pretty average, more a commuter softshell IMO, good VFM though
Endura Stealth - waterproof but not very breathable, only use it when it's sub zero really

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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby ricky1980 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 13:42 pm

Gore Phantom 2 here with a nice warm baselayer and a fleece thermal jersey, i am pretty well insulated and not necessarily over heated. i commute 10miles each trip on a daily basis and does it around 35min with traffic and stopping so fairly decent speed. the bits i can't feel or rather are frozen in the last few days are my face, ears and nose...also my toes and fingers...must remember to wear overshoes and have thicker gloves :!:

sorry, not bothered with other ones as i just went to Gore cos it was heavily discounted and had awesome reviews. it is wind proof, breathable, but i still need to unzip the top bit otherwise i will be sweating hard. definitely can fend off a light drizzle, but heavier than that a race rain cape, which you have, will be needed over the top. unless you are willing to pay £200 for a proper gortech material shell jacket with fleece inside then i guess you need these layers. also layers offer versatility, so you can strip layers off as the weather changes.
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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby ddraver » Thu Dec 13, 2012 17:03 pm

Endura Windchill Jacket is very popular with me and my riding buddies...Reasonably water resistant for light showers, lots of well placed vents and a nice fabric

Alternatively if you want something properly warm, try their Stealth Jackets, which are waterproof too. Those are proper (above Zero and you ll be too hot) warm!
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Re: Softshell Jacket

Postby Reane_Machine » Thu Dec 13, 2012 17:18 pm

Fevmeister wrote:I have a pearl izumi one and its fantastic!


+1 for PI.

I got mine and it's changed my cycling life. I hated the wind chill but now my torso is the warmest part of me!

Only downside it that it's highlighted all the other areas that are colder :(

I got the Elite Barrier jacket and I wear it with a jersey and a tee shirt underneath, it's more than adequate even in this winter weather!
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