>>656100 Can you fit your insulation below it? Is it durable enough (three layer laminate, top fabric strength)? Is it long enough to cover your ass if you so wish? Will you not miss the pockets or the hood?
>>656100 It'll work but most bike jackets have shitty pockets and are cut short in front (and tbqh, these days a lot are too short in back to be ideal for cycling). You might be better off cycling in a backpacking jacket, as long as it has decent vents and a double zipper.
The main benefit of my bike jacket over my hiking jacket is it rolls up smaller in my bag when I'm not wearing it.
Ideally you want your cycling jacket as form fitting as possible if you buy a high quality one. Most of them will be designed to be worn in aggressive riding positions and may feel awkward when standing in a neutral position if it's small enough. At least try some out in person before you buy.
>>656100 >Could a top-of-the-line GoreTex cycling jacket also be used as a three-season backpacking softshell/waterproof jacket?
It’d think it would be good for summer rainwear but in the cooler spring and fall seasons, you might want to wear some fleece underneath it for insulation and while you could get away with a fleece vest, the sleeves of the bicycle jacket are likely too slim to allow for a full fleece jacket. Also, no hood means you’ll want to pack some kinda hat, either GoreTex or a conventional cap sprayed with Scotchgard.
>>656431 >the sleeves of the bicycle jacket are likely too slim to allow for a full fleece jacket Depends on how you size the jacket which depends on how much you care about wind resistance vs comfort. I size mine to fit over a fleece because I ride in winter, and it leaves room for airflow in spring/fall. In summer I just get wet, it's free liquid cooling.
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