In fresh temperatures and on long downhill passages you can get really cold on your cycling tour. But whoever does not want to be intimidated by wind and nasty weather will always be on the safe side with a wind vest.
A Wind Vest should always be Part of your Cycling Equipment!
Wind vests are perfect for the time between the seasons when it is too cool for a jersey alone and too warm for a cycling jacket. The sleeveless construction makes sense because it offers the necessary freedom of movement for arms and yet protects the torso from headwind. But wind vests are not suitable for cold weather only. Even on warm days the felt temperature can be reduced significantly when riding quickly. This so called “windchill effect“ is often underestimated, especially on warm summer days which leads to a situation in which cyclists get cold quickly after long uphill passages followed by fast downhill rides.
Vests are very lightweight and have a small pack size so you can easily stow this garment and have it with you anytime. Many wind vests feature pockets which also serve as pouches. Whether with or without pouch, the lightweight wind vests for road bike or MTB easily fit into your jersey pocket.
At Bobshop you will find a large selection of cycling wind vests for women and cycling wind vests for men.
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
The best Material for Cycling Vests: Gore Windstopper!
Basically all cycling vests are windproof or at least wind shielding and also slightly water resistant. A crucial quality feature of windproof membrane fabrics is their breathability. Cold air from outside is to be efficiently kept out but body heat needs to be able to pass through the membrane of the Windstopper cycling vest to the outside to prevent the body from overheating. Of course membrane fabrics are not as breathable as fabrics without a membrane. This is why in clothing featuring a membrane you often find panels made from highly breathable material or vents.
Especially cycling vests with Gore Windstopper membrane are players in the upper league. They feature the ideal ratio between absolute windproofness and maximum breathability. Windstopper cycling vests are also highly elastic, so that they can serve as basic material for tight fitting road bike wind vests.
The high grade Gore Windstopper vests and Castelli wind vests are among the cycling vests with Gore Windstopper membrane most sought-after.