Whether this is the first year you've committed to logging winter base miles outside or you're used to riding through the cold, we have good news for you: winter kit seems to just keep getting better. Not only lighter than the billowing, ill-fitting jackets of old, this new crop of winter kit arrives cleanly tailored, made with hardworking fabrics that are capable of both blocking harsh conditions and remaining breathable. Unsurprisingly, Giordana's Men's AV 300 Winter Jacket exemplifies this trend, delivering sleek aesthetics and a highly efficient construction prepared to see you through the very worst of winter this year.
As the warmest jacket in Giodana's new line, the AV 300 complements low-intensity base mile rides the best. On the nastiest winter days, when you're building endurance rather than suffering through intervals, your core temperature doesn't rise nearly as much as it would on a punchier ride. Knowing this, Giodana wisely gave the AV 300 a three-layer eVent DVstretch construction, finished with a DWR treatment on the outside and a micro-fleece lining. While the face fabric shields against rain, sleet, and snow, the plush lining creates a lofted layer of warmth next to your baselayer, holding your own body heat next to your skin to keep you dry. This fleece lining is also highly breathable, designed to pull moisture away from your skin as you slowly warm up to prevent a damp chill from settling in.
In addition to this supple, adaptable fabric, Giordana also equips the AV 300 with a luxuriously soft micro-fleece collar to seal out harsh drafts, as well as brushed Super Roubaix cuffs and a drop hem to protect against wheel spray. You'll have trouble blending in on dimly lit winter roads when light strikes the Pixel reflective accents throughout the jacket's body; the luminescent material stands to prevent you from blending in with the grey winter landscape on lonely back roads.
- Push through winter's nastiest in this sleek, capable jacket
- Form-fitting cut leaves just enough room for a baselayer
- Breathable 3-layer fabric seals out wind, rain, and snow
- Micro-fleece lining retains heat next to core
- Plush collar and cuffs block out harsh wind
- Radiant Pixel accents reflect light to keep you visible
- Three rear cargo and one zippered rear pocket for ride fuel
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- Q & A
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 185lbs
When Giordana set out to update their winter apparel, the set the bar quite high with the AV 300 winter jacket. Simply put, this is the greatest cycling acket I have ever worn!
Right out of the bag you can feel the quality and see the attention to detail that Giordana has put into this jacket, from the heavy duty zipper (wont stick in the cold), built in cuffs to keep the cold out, the tail to keep the spray off the lower region, and the soft fleece collar, each of these detailed pieces help keep the cold out the rider dry. It was also helpful that they angled the pockets in the back to comfortably reach in and retrieve what you need, without having to contort ones arm with most other jackets.
The jacket is quite warm, and I believe that most will find wearing a mid-weight base-layer is all that is required when wearing this jacket. For those that may find themselves riding in the single digits, it may require the addition of a long sleeve jersey on top of the base layer. I would only suggest that if youâre not doing any interval training, as this jacket does keep the body quite warm and doing interval training may lead to sweating and eventually chills. I chose the blue, as it stands out more than the solid black, and with the reflectivity of the back of the jacket, it helps to be seen. I still use a rear taillight for added safety.
Sizing- I went with a size large and I am 5â10â 185lbs. I had room in this jacket for a baselayer and long-sleeved jersey. I believe that I am right in the middle of the large and it will work great for most riders around 175-190lbs and height of 5â10â-6â1â. I had plenty of length on the arms, and when in the riding position the length of the front was ideal or maybe just a touch long.
I am happy to talk to you about this jacket, Giordana clothing or any other apparel needs.