People on this side of the planet are right in the midst of winter. And whilst we dont get the snow and sleet that our Northern Hemisphere friends get, it still gets bloody hard to get the motivation going for an early morning ride. The time to pull together the layer upon layer of clothing, its just the pits.
I had a Velocio quilted vest come across my desk a month back, something I was very much looking forward to taking out for ride in this colder weather.
It didn’t disappoint, in fact it took me some time in working how best to layer up as it almost works too well. Climbing the hills gets pretty warm wearing the vest, but with the 2-way zipper, you can regulate, but you need to have you base layers all worked out. The standard 2 layers underneath a vest are unnecessary, so a nice long sleeved winter top by itself works well.
But rolling through the hills and coming back down it works an absolute treat. And – sitting around outside at the coffee shop, not only does it look pretty good, it stopped me from cooling down too much too quickly, which is a riders curse.
The sales pitch off the velocio website:
The RECON Quilted Vest is made to extend that cool weather comfort beyond pedaling. The fit and versatility of our Wind Vest with added warmth, protection and style thanks to Global Merino Ponte merino wool base fabric and an ultralight Pertex Quantum shell. Quilted side panels offer a subtle detailing that, paired with a moto-inspired metal zipper, looks clean and casual after the pedaling stops. Wear it over theRECON Wool Long Sleeve. Wear it over a button down. Wear it with denim. The RECON does insulation duty without sacrificing performance or style.
- Global Merino Ponte merino wool for warmth, mobility and excellent moisture management
- Pertex Quantum DWR 100% windproof “outer” front panels for protection
- Two-layer quilted design adds protection without bulk
- 2 front & 1 rear zippered pockets
- Reflective logos and trim details and light loop for visibility
- Shaped collar and longer hem at the back for a tailored fit in the cycling position
- YKK two-way nickel plated metal zipper
And here’s a picture of yours truly building up the courage to brave the weather.
Me and this vest will become good friends this winter.
Further details here. velocio.cc
The Cycle Closet in Adelaide sell a range of Velocio clothing. I don’t think they stock the Recon vest, but worth a drop in anyway cyclecloset