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A sudden deluge puts an end to a long ride; either you turn around and rush home or you huddle in the nearest coffee shop hoping it will pass. Carry the Hincapie Elemental Rain Vest, and you'll be prepared no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.
The Elemental Rain vest was constructed of E5 2-layer barrier rainshell, which is windproof and highly water resistant. So while we can't guarantee that you'll stay dry to the bone, your core won't be subjected to wind. That way, even if you do get wet, your jersey won't act as an evaporative cooler. The fabric is quiet, which although not a requirement in raingear, keeps you from sounding like you're wearing a bag of potato chips while you're riding. A high collar helps to keep the elements out and knit sleeve openings seal around your arms.
The vest features a relaxed fit so that you have room for a long-sleeve jersey. The rear zippered pocket also has a flap to keep out the rain.
The Hincapie Elemental Rain Vest is available in sizes Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black and White.
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Love / Hate
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
This could be a five star vest; nice fabric, nice neck construction, nice rear pocket. Unfortunately, the main zipper is very poor quality. It's nearly impossible to start. I just leave the bottom partway zipped and take the vest on/off over my head/helmet. That's what a pain it is to get the zipper started. It would be much better with a one-way zipper that functioned properly. The clangy, metal zipper pull is also awful, but I fixed it with Sugru.
I love the bright white color and reflective bits.Though, it could use quite a lot more reflective area.
Other reviews claim this is packable. However, it packs no smaller than a typical nylon vest. I have jacket with hood that packs smaller than this.
I've not yet used it in a hard rain, but it's not breathable at all (which I like because that makes it warmer) so I'm guessing it's fairly waterproof.
Is the zipper 2 way?
Is the zipper 2 way?
Yes, this vest has a two way zipper. I hope this helps.