Wind Vests for Road Bike versus Wind Vests for MTB
Road cyclists appreciate tight fits with low air resistance. The road bike wind vest should not flutter during the ride and there should be no rustling sounds. An elastic material is perfect which will tightly snug your body without restricting your freedom of movement. A road bike wind vest is super lightweight, in the headwind area a Windblocker membrane provides protection and in the back an airy mesh material facilitates the necessary balance of temperature.
Wind vests for MTB cyclists are adapted to the clothes worn underneath and thus have a rather casual fit. The material is more robust for it not to be damaged by branches or stones. The MTB wind vest also feature a small pack size. Elastic sleeve pipings allow for great freedom of movement. MTB cycling vests with Gore Windstopper Membrane are indispensable on fast downhill stages.
Apart from wind protection, breathability and fit there are further characteristics and features a good MTB or road bike wind vest can have:
- Reflective elements for a good visibility in low light conditions
- Vents or mesh inserts for a good ventilation
- DWR coating (Durable Water Repellency)
- Extra long rear panel which serves as protection from spray
- Elastic hem and sleeve hems