BONTRAGER Velocis S1 Softshell Jacket
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The Bontrager Velocis S1 Softshell Jacket powered by 37.5 active particle technology keeps your microclimate dry and comfortable while riding in above freezing conditions.
Winter Ride System: Bontrager S1 garments are designed for mid to low temperature rides, typically above freezing.
- Windproof and waterproof Profila Softshell fabric powered by 37.5 active particle technology on front and sleeves. 37.5 technology uses body heat to evaporate moisture. While other fabrics simply wick moisture around the garment, trapping humidity near the skin, 37.5 active particles on the inner liner push moisture to the outermost layer. This removes the moisture before it can build up inside the jacket.
- 20000mm waterproof, 18000g/mÂ²/24hour breathability
- Profila Thermal fabric powered by 37.5 active particle technology on back and underarms for enhanced breathability
- Brushed thermal Roubaix lining
- Three open back storage pockets plus two zip-up security pockets
- Full elasticated silicone gripper at hem keeps jacket from riding up
- Full zip with inner wind guard
- Upper portion of the zip is offset to reduce rubbing at the neck
- Reflective elements enhance visibility for maximum safety
- Fitted: a streamlined fit for all-around cycling performance
Chest___cm / inches
S_______89-94 / 35-37
M_______96-102 / 38-40
L_______104-109 / 41-43
XL______112-117 / 44-46
XXL_____119-124 / 47-49
Bontrager Velocis S1 Softshell Jacket review, road.cc, February 2017 (see here for full review):
"The Bontrager Velocis S1 Softshell Jacket keeps the cold off your front, lets the heat out at the back and provides an impressive level of winter protection. It might have saved me from a dose of exposure on one occasion.
It happened like this: New Year's Day dawned bright and cold, ideal (I thought) for a longer, steady ride out into the North Pennines, and all the way out I congratulated myself smugly on being the only person wise enough to take advantage of such a sparkling day. It was only when I reached the furthest point and turned north to head up the long climb out of Teesdale that I discovered the stiff, northerly breeze that had probably been helping me on my way until then. Not only that, but a sheet of heavy, grey cloud covered the whole sky within about 10 minutes, and as I approached the summit at 425m above sea level, dumped its load of needle-like ice crystals which the wind then whipped into my face.
Needless to say, I was keen to get into the shelter of the valley as soon as possible, so it was a rapid descent off that hill, the ice-cold wind sucking the heat from my face, feet, hands and legs; but my trunk, wrapped in the Velocis, felt curiously detached from it all and really perfectly okay. I limped home in the dark, with 50 miles behind me, feet and hands numb but still alive.
So I developed quite a bond with this jacket, despite its, erm, in-yer-face colour, and all through January, on rides cold and mild, it's proven a reliable companion.
Bontrager has chosen to use windproofing only on the chest and side panels. The back, using Cocona's Patented 37.5 technology, is aimed at getting heat and moisture away from the body. Cocona says 'patented active particles permanently embedded at the fiber level capture and release moisture vapor.' The idea is to keep the humidity inside your clothing to around 37.5%, where, it claims, your body is most comfortable.
I could certainly feel that breathability at work. I ride with my phone and cashcard in a waterproof cycling wallet made from recycled inner tubes, which I stuck into the middle of the Bontrager's three generous back pockets (there's also a fourth, zipped pocket which is also plenty large enough for a phone). When I pulled it out, the wallet was wet with condensation where it had been facing my back.
All this would suggest that the jacket is much more suited to people inclined to overheat on winter rides rather than those of us who feel the cold, but I never felt the need to pull on another layer, so long as I didn't hang around too much. The inside of the jacket is lightly fleecy throughout, making it very nice and cosy. In showers, the softshell panels beaded the water nicely but the breathable panels drew it in, making this jersey more suited to cold than wet days."
Verdict: A high-quality jacket with performance to match, particularly for hardworking riders - better in snow than rain
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