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Louis Garneau
Nova 2 Cycling Vest - Men's

3.75 out of 5 stars
8 Reviews
Current price: $41.99 Original price: $59.99
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Nova 2 Cycling Vest

In the depths of winter and the height of summer, dressing for a day in the saddle is easy. Tights and a jacket or a lightweight jersey and bibs. Late fall and early spring present a difficult dilemma, though: underdress and you'll freeze; overdress and you'll overheat, sweat, and then freeze anyway when the sweat turns cold and clammy. Louis Garneau's Nova 2 men's Cycling Vest address this dilemma by providing dedicated core protection that fends off the elements, breathes, and lets you layer on your arms as appropriate for the give day's conditions—even if those conditions change mid-ride.

The vest's main panels are LG's Diamond Air 2.0, a lightweight barrier against wind and water that shields your core. It's supplemented with underarm panels of breathable AirFit Mesh. The previous Nova only had patches of AirFit Mesh, but the latest model's panels now extend to the waist, and every additional square inch further increases the vest's breathability. That can be a godsend when a chilly March morning gives way to a sunny afternoon when you're mid-way up the day's final climb, too invested in a difficult climb to pull the vest off.


  • A cycling vest for the in-between days of fall and spring
  • Weather-resistant panels protect your core
  • Breathable side panels reduce the risk of overheating
  • Spacious rear pocket zips closed to protect ride essentials
  • Armholes finished with reflective strips for low-light visibility
  • Sleeveless construction lets you adjust arm coverage as needed
  • Item #LGN00HN
[body] Diamond Air 2.0, [panels] AirFit Mesh
fall, spring
1 zippered rear
Recommended Use
commuting, cyclocross, gravel, road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4 based on 8 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 0 reviews
4 Stars - 3 reviews
5 Stars - 3 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

June 12, 2024

Great vest at a great price

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

71 inches tall and 165 pounds, small was the right size. A small bit of flapping when descending over 30 or 35 mph, which isn't very common.

4 out of 5 stars

December 5, 2021

Almost perfect

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

This vest is great! I love the material, especially the sides which are vented offering proper moisture mitigation. I've ridden with only in as low as 40F which kept me warm just fine on the core side of things (also wearing a base layer under the jersey). My only gripe is that there's only 1 pocket and it's zipped. I wish it has the three standard pockets like jerseys. As it stands I have to lift the vest to get to any items stowed away in my jersey. Other than that, love it!

Vince L

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5 out of 5 stars

October 6, 2021

Good for what it is

I've used it several times

For someone of my size, this vest fits well. It's not skin tight, nor is it so loss it flops in the wind. It a good shoulder season vest that does a good job of blocking the wind. And I appreciate the easy to access pocket in the back.


Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

January 7, 2021

Great Light Weight Gillet!

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
6' 3"

Love gillets or as we yanks call them, vests! Such a versatile piece. My most used fall to spring kit is gillets and bib knickers, functional over a huge range from high 30's to low 60'sF. Impressions after 10 or so uses. Very Light weight and easy to roll up in a jersey pocket if it might get cool. Even with the very light weight, it keeps wind off your core and has good water resistance so it is also good to start your ride in cold or damp conditions. It is form fitting, but true to size. I'm 6'3 with 44" chest and XL fits good, you have to stretch it a bit to get zipper started but that form fit means it doesn't flap (much). I do get a minor flapping from the left shoulder going downhill at speed when in the drops. Nothing if I'm a bit more upright on the hoods. The fit around the collar in riding position is improved from my last LG gillet. I like that it is not a double zipper, those always seem to go bad. I do wish it had 3 rear pockets instead of single zipper pocket. It breaths well through the side mesh, but it is not a loose mesh that would let water in. My prior LG vest used actual mesh for the entire back section, so in damp weather I got wet with that one and the front panels would get saturated. On a recent night ride in the low/mid 40's it went from damp to constant light rain and this version kept me warm and mostly dry and the front panels never got saturated, water kept beading and rolling off. You still will overheat on climbs, but it is easy to unzip/zip back up with a large zipper tab easy to grab with mid weight winter gloves. So versatile, I'm using this down to upper 30's on night rides with long sleeve base and thermal jersey. It's also great in the 60's as bad weather back up or to keep chill off for a mid ride break or mechanical. The reason for 4 stars? Would much prefer 3 pockets on back. Since I do night rides I want more reflective accents, the same reflective trim as the arm holes around the rear pocket or down the vertical seam where the side mesh meets would be great and still look good. Still the best of the 4 vests I own (Nike/Pearl/LG) - my older style LG is next fav.

4 out of 5 stars

December 31, 2020

True to Size & Vents Well

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

1st & Foremost, I have a BMI of 29 and am somewhat barrel-chested, so I normally am between L & XL in Pearl Izumi and Voler, but wanted something that restricted venting and didn't flap so much in the wind (flapping creates ridiculous drag), so took a chance on a L. Tight, especially at the waist (I'm in my mid 60s, so have a little more waist than when 40), but that nearly eliminates wind getting under the shell, so venting is limited to water vapor and a small amount of wind at the armpits, BUT NO FLAPPING. My shoulders were also well protected when down in the aerobars because the wind didn't get under the shell at the shoulders. Just back from a ride on a sunny day in temps 50-55F and was very comfortable with this over a LS Thermal Jersey from Voler. I considered using this vest under another, as this works quite well when too warm for a jacket, but ended up riding it alone. Again, very comfortable and no shock cooling after 5 min breaks on restarts heading into the wind. As always, fit is critical, but for me this vest is just about perfect. No idea how well it will hold up over time, but I'm pretty careful with my gear, so maybe it will last 10+yrs like my Pearl Isumi.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 27, 2020

Lightweight does the job

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

Light weight and breathes well for tweener weather with a long sleeve base layer. Not for colder weather, or rain.

Christopher A
2 out of 5 stars

June 23, 2020

Poor construction

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

After less than one season the zipper gave out. Overall on the rides prior to the breakage I was enjoying the fit and visibility.

James R
1 out of 5 stars

April 9, 2020

Not even close to fitting

Ordered an XL and I normally wear a L tshirt. Didn?t even almost fit. Had to pull on it just to zip it. Plus this company makes me pay freight in both directions. Last purchase I?ll make from these guys ever.

Richard W