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Shielded from H2O.

Many cyclists we know whine about the rain. It's wet! Whatever. Get used to it. If you ride, you're going to have to ride in the rain someday. Some days, you're starting in the wet and riding into dry or starting in the dry and riding into rain. Rain happens. Sometimes all day for days on end. Get yourself a good rain jacket; you'll bemoan the price until you use it, then you'll be happy you bought it every time rain is forecast. Giordana's Hydroshield Taped Rain Jacket is one you'll want, as it is not only breathable, but it packs small.

Breathability is owed to the material. It's called Sentry. Like many other jackets, it's a laminate. Unlike other laminates, it possesses no pores. Rather than having micro pores that can potentially stretch and crack from use or get plugged up by salts and oil and dirt, the seemingly "solid" membrane actually uses its molecular structure to suck in vapor and pull it through the other side and out. And, as the name implies, the seams are taped to make sure water doesn't leak through.

Also thanks to the material, it is thin and light. It packs into the chest pocket just by turning the jacket inside out and stuffing. This pocket is designed to be big enough for an mp3 player and even has an interior port so you can run wires through the mesh side of the pocket up to your ears.

The fit of the jacket is close to minimize wind drag and the rustling that can occur when jackets flap in the wind. There is some stretch to Sentry, but it's more on the bias than directly horizontal or vertical. The front zipper is waterproof and is protected from your clothes by an interior draft flap.

The jacket is finished for both comfort and safety. There is elastic at the wrists and waist to gather the jacket and keep water from running up inside. The hip regions on the jacket have stretch panels in Ametista fabric to keep the fit close. There are reflective strips on the back of the hips and behind the neck for visibility. There is also an accessory hood available separately. This fits around the neck and close to the head and is designed to be worn under your helmet.

The Giordana Hydroshield Taped Rain Jacket comes in Black. There are rubber Giordana logos front and rear. Sizes run from Small to XXX-Large.

  • Stretchy Ametista panels ensure freedom of movement and full coverage as you maneuver around the cockpit
  • Lightweight Sentry fabric blocks rain and wind to keep your core toasty and dry
  • A tall collar and longer tail offer extra protection from rain and road spray
  • Zipped chest vent for temperature regulation
  • Reflective elements for low-light safety

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Wish it covered my back better

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I decided to buy this jacket after doing a century in the rain. I packed it into a rear pocket on a questionable day and busted it out half way through a ride.

The quality of the jacked is great. The fit is pretty spot on to other Giordana jackets and jerseys (I usually wear a large and bought a large). I like the minimalist styling. My only wish is that jacket was a tad longer in the back. While the back of the jacket is longer than your average wind jacket, it rode up while i was riding and my butt got a little wet.
While it was not very wet, I thought the jacket would provide better coverage back there. That said, the rest of my jersey and arms remained dry.

Overall a good jacket if you're caught in the rain.

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For a really great bike 'rain jacket', check out Gore's ALP-X .0. Besides being totally waterproof, it has a great drop down apron that unsnaps to completely cover your bottom. Then, when not needed, it snaps away, out of sight.
It's easily packable for a hydration pack, etc., but to bulky for rolling up in a jersey.
It's only a shell, so it's not warm.
I love Giordana, but for rain/wind protection, I've found Gore to be one of the best.
Have a great season!