Walking the line.
When does a jersey become a jacket, and when does a jacket become a jersey? If you're less concerned with the answer to such a question, and more concerned with simply having a piece that works as both, pick up the Louis Garneau Women's Windpro Long-Sleeve Jersey.
The Windpro perfectly walks that fine line between jersey and jacket. It offers a fit that's just generous enough to allow comfortable base layering underneath, but slim enough to stay quiet in the wind and also lend a flattering profile. Because the folks at LG know that there is nothing more miserable than being soaked in sweat after a grueling climb — only to start shivering as soon as you begin descending — the Windpro Jersey is made of smart stuff. A material called Light Wind Pro, a tightly-knitted fabric that offers four times the wind protection of regular fleece, comprises the front panels, while Thermasoft 180 makes up the rest, an incredibly breathable but warm material that allows for rapid evacuation of excessive moisture. Pre-shaped shoulders, a position-specific collar, and a wide lower rear hem dictate a fit for cycling-specific comfort. There are three rear pockets, and a media pocket with headphone port, for all your cargo needs, while reflective graphic elements in certain areas of the jersey boost your visibility at night.
The Louis Garneau Women's Windpro Long-Sleeve Jersey comes in six sizes, from X-Small to XX-Large, and in the color Black/white.
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- Q & A
Super light and stretchy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I purchased this jacket to coordinate with the Course Elite Bib Tights I had purchased a while ago. I was concerned that the front of the jacket would be made of less stretchy material like the front of the legs on the bib tights.
This was not at all the case. When the package arrived, I thought at first that I was sent the wrong item. It was incredibly compact. Then I opened it and pulled out the jacket. I thought at first there was NO WAY this was going to be effective. It was so thin, and had stretch everywhere.
The day was windy and 36, so I decided to try it out. I wore a SmartWool 250 baselayer and the jacket. I fully expected to be chilled on my bike. What a surprise! I was not chilled. The front of the jacket really was blocking the wind! I noticed a bit of chill up near the shoulders, but this went away quickly.
The jacket looks great and is well made. There are thoughtful, cycling-specific touches, like a stretch inset on the back of the neck that ensures the collar doesn't dig in when the zipper is all the way up. The details of color and graphics are eye-catching in a good way.
The pockets in the back are nice and deep, but they do not sag. I would have liked a zippered pocket to doubly protect my keys and cash/credit card, but they would have to travel a long way to get out of the deep pocket.
There were some loose threads on the inside of the jacket, but I trimmed them. It washed great and I hung it to dry. It dried fast, too.
Overall, I really like this jacket. I am curious to try it when I don't need a base layer. The instructions indicate it can be worn against skin. It'll need to be warmer for that, but in the meantime, I'll stick with baselayers of various weights.
Size-wise, I think it runs true. I probably could have gone down a size, but since it stretches so much there is a fair amount of room either way. I'm looking forward to trying more miles in this!