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Italian styling for the cold.

Unless you're part of the unfortunate few, like ourselves, that spend half of the year below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a jacket for subfreezing conditions will melt you on your first climb. In a more temperate climate, the piece that you turned to for protection will soon become your predator. That's why its important to plan accordingly for your conditions. So, if your idea of cold is the low 50s, the Santini Kines Jacket is for you. With a wind-resistant design, a precise, jersey-like fit, and Italian, handmade construction, the Kines jacket blends Santini's rich cycling heritage with contemporary technology.

To make the Kines jacket a suitable protector from the elements, Santini constructed it from the wind-resistant, TK fabric. This material has a great deal of stretch, and it's also lightweight, breathable, and highly conforming to the body. Weighing in closer to a jersey than outerwear, the Kines is designed on more of the airy end of the spectrum, with Santini recommending it for temperatures varying from the low 50s to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat tolerance is supported by a few key features. Of course, at the front of the jacket, there's a full-length zipper that's indispensable for dumping heat on-the-fly. Additionally, this zipper has been backed with an internal draft flap to avoid cool air from infiltrating the jacket. And at the side panels and undercarriage of the sleeves, Santini incorporated open-mesh inserts that not only assist in the breathing and ventilation of the jacket, but they also support the precise, anatomic fit of the Kines.

After all, Santini knows that expensive, technical fabrics are moot when a jacket's fit is off. And in our opinion, fit is where Santini truly breaks off onto its own course. Knowing that the Kines isn't meant for lounging, Santini designed the cut to accommodate your body in the cycling position. What does this mean? Simple. The shape of everything from the seams to the hems are contoured for the cycling-specific position of reaching from the saddle to the bars. And with its stretchable, polyester composition, you'll also experience the fabric conforming to your body, specifically. This system eliminates any bunching or chafing throughout movement.

For storage of your ride essentials, Santini included a large rear cargo pocket. And within this pocket is a handy, miniature pouch that the entire jacket is designed to fold and stow into. This means that the Kines can be fully stowed in your jersey pocket, discreetly. To increase your visibility to motorists on the road, reflective accents have been incorporated throughout the jacket.

The Santini Kines Jacket is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Black and White.

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5 5

Better than the same from Castelli

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have similar packable jackets from Castelli and Craft. The Santini is beautifully sewn & designed and features perfect QC. The Castelli Leggero is thoughtfully engineered (as always) but suffers from a poor zipper (model now discontinued) -and is made in China. The Craft is excellent. But this Santini "Kines" jacket is my favorite. Best function, venting, and styling overall. And made in Italy.

PROS: You can easily roll-up and pack this jacket into one of your jersey pockets. Clever vents along the sides. Great looking. Strong zipper. Very good price (at CC).

CONS: none.

Santini obviously puts a lot of pride into the design, sewing, and quality of their cycling clothing.