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The art of designing a wind vest is something that few manufacturers have mastered. Though in our highly romantic youth we rode on December days with the Sunday Times stuffed down our jersey and long sleeve cotton undershirt, nowadays we've graduated to proper vests. The Capo Riserva Wind Vest combines utilitarian practicality with the same outstanding looks that define the whole Riserva line.
The WindTex Flight Plus fabric on the front panels of the vest has the right mix between weight and suppleness. As light as it feels, you'll be astounded by how well it keeps the wind from penetrating to your undershirt. Make no mistake: this is a heavy-duty wind stopping fabric. Capo has been careful to include a mesh back to allow for excellent ventilation and to prevent any overheating.
Perhaps our favorite aspect of the vest is that Capo had the foresight to add three roomy back pockets. Why don't more vests have this, we always ask ourselves? Mind you, it adds a bit of bulk compared to a vest with no pockets, but it's still packable in a jersey pocket. Ultimately, it's a layer that is best worn on very cool, blustery days when wind protection for your core is what you need for comfortable riding. On such occasions, you're constantly fumbling underneath a typical vest digging in your jersey pockets. Who wants to do that, though? We'd much rather have the pockets on the vest so that we can have immediate access to our gel packs, phone, money clip, and even have room to stash one more layer in case the weather turns to rain.
The Capo Riserva Wind Vest is the perfect foil for those blustery days. And since it matches the rest of the Riserva collection, you can feel all the more PRO when you combine it with your Riserva Knickers and Long Sleeve Jersey. It is available in Small through XX-Large.
- WindTex Flight Plus fabric on the front blocks wind to keep your core warm
- Mesh back allows for excellent breathability to prevent overheating
- Three back pockets offer plenty of storage, and keep you from having to do the dig-under-the-vest dance
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I dislike the double zipper. Other than that it gives great protection and has jersey pockets in the back. Great wind protection for cool days.
Let down by the zipper
Great vest overall. It packs down small but it still works very well at keeping you warm without overheating you, and giving you legit, fully functional pockets to boot. The colors look pretty feminine but if you can get over that its a great vest.
My one beef with this item is that I hate hate hate the zipper. It has a double zipper and I can't help but wonder, what is the point? It makes it harder to zip up on the go, the bottom zipper just doesn't catch as well as the bottom of a regular zipper. Plus, the bottom starts to unzip its way upwards sometimes. I can't think of a situation where it would be functionally beneficial to unzip this article from the bottom up, leaving it tethered at the top of the zipper, vs. just zipping it down. The top zipper is also of the very large chunky variety typical with Capo and has a tendency to suck up the windflap behind the zipper and get stuck. I much prefer Castelli style zippers that are small and not robust enough to suck up rather thick cloth and get stuck.
The zipper drops it from 4.5 to 3 stars for me. If you like Capo zippers, this probably won't bother you. Other than the zipper this is a phenomenally functional piece.
Made in Italy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The vest is made in Italy, so it seems to be one size smaller than US sizes. I bought this vest in large (I usually wear large) and I find it very form fitting. Fortunately, the vest does stretch so I had no problem zipping it up.
Excellent vest. Lightweight, sturdy, and complete wind protection. The pockets are deep and the contruction is quality. Don't spend anymore for a vest this is such a steal.
Great Windtex value
Super vest, super price! Great Quality on this very functional garment.
Hi. I am 5'11", 170 lbs. Should I get...
Hi. I am 5'11", 170 lbs. Should I get a large?
Great vest for cool rides
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Nice vest for riding on those cool fall days. 3 separated pockets for carrying all those extra goodies. Fit runs a bit small as others have noted. I'm 6'2" with athletic build and I ordered the XXL size. Fit is perfect for someone that normally wears L or sometimes XL.