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Louis Garneau Speedzone X-Lite Vest - Men's

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    Speedzone X-Lite Vest

    It's one thing to have a light, packable wind vest to whip out on those chilly mornings. It's another thing to have one that weighs a mere 60 grams and packs down into a ball barely bigger than a fat strawberry—and into a tiny pocket hidden in the collar, no less. That is the power of the Louis Garneau Speedzone X-Lite Vest.

    But don't interpret this as a one-trick pony. Disappearing act aside, this is an advanced technical piece. It's made of LG's X-Lite 19 fabric, an extremely light but tough material that's abrasion-resistant, thanks to its ripstop weave construction. Its DWR-waxed finish will protect you from wind and rain alike, and the mesh rear and side paneling bestow plenty of breathability. The lower rear of the vest is cut out so that you still have access to your jersey's pockets, meaning you can bust out the vest without having to transfer all your cargo.

    The Louis Garneau Speedzone X-Lite Vest comes in six sizes, from X-Small to XX-Large, and in three color schemes: White/black, Black/red, and Orange Fluo.

    • Incredibly lightweight, packable cycling vest
    • Lightweight protection from wind and rain on the road
    • DWR treatment helps the fabric shed water
    • Unique hole-in-back design allows access to jersey pockets
    • Mesh back and sides for optimal ventilation and comfort
    • Stretch trim provides freedom of movement
    • Reflective accents enhance low-light visibility
    • Full-length zipper with garage to prevent irritation
    • Item #LGN002V

    Material
    X-Lite 19 (100% nylon)
    Fit
    semi-fitted
    Season
    spring, summer, fall
    Length
    hip
    Reflective
    yes, accents
    Claimed Weight
    60g
    Recommended Use
    commuting, enduro, gravel, road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    >Rating: 3

    Back cutout not that great

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    Runs small
    Size Bought
    large
    Height
    5` 9"
    Weight
    151 lbs

    -I love the concept of this vest but it doesn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. The cutout doesn’t always line up with your jersey pockets so sometimes fetching stuff from your jersey pockets is problematic. Along these same lines is that if you’re wearing full-fingered gloves it’s harder to get things out of the pockets because you can’t feel where the different fabrics start and end. And typically, if it’s cold enough to need this vest it’s most likely cold enough that I need full fingered gloves. In warmer weather I wear a lighter vest. So what happens a lot when I wear this vest is that I end up having to pull the vest up to get to my jersey pockets just like I with other “normal”-style vests so the purpose of the back opening is defeated. I’m also not a fan of the single, elastic band that’s used on the bottom-back of the vest. It’s tight and feels weird. -What I do like about this vest is that it’s really well ventilated. You’ll stay warm in it without overheating. I’ve worn it with arm warmers or a long sleeve jersey down to 45 degrees and felt fine. I haven’t had any issues with the zipper. It zips and unzips easily and it’s never caught on the fabric or come undone. I had to size up. Usually I wear a medium in cycling clothes (except Castelli and some other Italian brands) but had to go large with this. I’m 5’9” and 150 pounds. -My reason for the low rating goes back to the fact that the access port in back doesn’t really work for me and if I’m not going to use it then what’s the point of getting a vest like this. What I’ve ended up using more often is a vest with a small pocket in back to hold nutrition for quick access.

    >Rating: 5

    Great Idea

    Fit:
    True to size

    This is a very light weight vest for days when a jersey alone is not enough. The front fabric breathes a little so there is no sweat build up as is the case with wind stopping fabric. The back is a thin mesh that breathes very well. The back is open over jersey pockets so they are readily accessible, a great idea.

    >Rating: 3

    Very Light Vest

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

    Very, very light vest. Best for cool summer mornings. Not a ton of wind protection, and and all mesh pocket and open space for your 3 pockets in your jersey.