Tech Week: New road wear for the cool weather ahead

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CHPT3 rain jacket

CHPT3 rain jacket

David Millar’s clothing brand CHPT3 spent the first phase of its existence collaborating with other brands on clothing collections. Now the Girona-based brand has moved on to making its own huge range of clothing for all seasons, and this fall brings some of its most advanced pieces yet. Among women’s tights, long-sleeved tops, headwear and 3/4 tights, the new Rain Repeller jacket is one of the most intriguing offerings in the Fall/Winter collection, and the brand seems very enthusiastic on this subject.

The jacket features red details and reflective logos.

CHPT3 is one of the first cycling clothing companies to use the advanced Pertex Shield Air material. To keep rain out while remaining highly breathable, this material uses an “electro-spun” air-permeable nanofiber membrane. For its part, CHPT3 has given the jacket a two-way zipper and added an external pocket and an internal phone pocket to keep your essentials close at hand and protected from the elements. And it’s highly packable, so it’s an easy-to-pack choice as a case that can keep almost any weather at bay and stay comfortable.

$329; chpt3.com

POC Air Interior Collection

The POC indoor training collection.

Each form of cycling brings unique climatic conditions and challenges to adapt to. Indoor riding is no exception. Often taking place in garages, basements or guest bedrooms, workouts can get hot and sweaty in these confined spaces, especially without any breezes like the ones you experience in the world. real. That’s why POC has developed a line of clothing specifically for indoor riding. The collection contains vests, shorts and jerseys for men and women, all made from ultra-breathable materials.

The POC Air jersey

The shorts feature a special chamois designed to dry even faster for better moisture management, while POC have chosen a compressive fabric four-way stretch material and flatlock seams for comfort. The jersey and vest have been made with a super lightweight material weighing 75 grams/square meter that is both breathable and moisture wicking. The vest offers a looser fit while the jersey is a more traditional fit and can also do double duty outdoors on very hot days thanks to the inclusion of traditional jersey features like a full zip and three rear pockets.

$60 (vest), $130 (jersey) $140 (shorts); poc.com

Pearl Izumi PRO Neoshell WxB

Pearl Izumi PRO Neoshell WxB

Breathability is essential for rain jackets because even the most waterproof garment is useless if it traps all of your body heat, resulting in sweat and sauna discomfort inside the jacket . For the fall and winter season and all the rainy days ahead, Pearl Izumi has released the PRO Neoshell WxB Jacket.

The jacket uses Polartec NeoShell, an advanced waterproof material that is also very breathable and feels more like a softshell layer than a stiff-touch waterproof jacket. Pearl Izumi says it’s comfortable enough to reach if conditions threaten rain or if it’s perfectly blue skies. The NeoShell material is also packable, making this jacket easy to pack just in case or store away once the skies have cleared. A two-way zipper lets you keep the jacket on even if you start to heat up, and reflective elements help you stay visible in the winter darkness. But if these don’t grab people’s attention, the “screaming red” color definitely will.

$325; 2 colors; pearlizumi.com

Santini Vega Multi Jacket

Santini Vega Multi Jacket

For its road cycling line, Santini has developed the Vega Multi Jacket. The Italian brand uses Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric for this piece due to its combination of low weight and breathability, while keeping water out. Taped seams and waterproof cuffs prevent water from entering at the seams or around the hands. And the jacket even protects your hair from the rain with a stowable hood that flips out of the collar and is big enough to fit over a helmet. An additional zippered waterproof back pocket is lined with breathable membrane fabric to keep essentials like a phone dry.

$330; santinicycling.com

Gorewear Torrent Jacket

Gorewear Torrent Jacket

The Gorewear Torrent Jacket was designed to excel in harsh winter riding conditions. Gorewear has focused on the fit of this rain jacket, giving it a 3-way stretch fit to hug your body comfortably in the riding position. Plus, the hem stays in place without the need for constant adjustment. The cuffs have also been designed to accommodate gloves, preventing water from sneaking past the waterproof defenses of this GORE-TEX fabric jacket. The fabric keeps the rain where it’s supposed to be while allowing the jacket to stay lightweight. Available in five colors, this $230 jacket is a nice addition to any cycling wardrobe.

$230; 5 colors; gorewear.com

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