July 24, 2015
by Greg DeMuth, 2015 Pactimo Brand Ambassador
If you like to roll out on cool mornings, enjoy fall riding or find yourself on long alpine descents in changing weather, a vest is an indispensable piece of gear for layering. In my estimation a vest needs to be wind and water resistant, breathable, and light enough to stuff into a jersey pocket. The Pactimo Breckenridge vest has these qualities and a few more.
To begin with, the construction is first-rate, with precise and durable workmanship. The zipper is substantial and has a silicone gripper for easy adjustment. The stand up collar gives an added bit of protection against the wind, and the mesh back helps immensely to prevent over-heating. This is not an ultra-light piece of gear, but the extra grams bring a higher level of water and wind resistance.
I’ve used lighter vests, but the compromise is that wind and water immediately blow through the fabric. A rider has to experience plummeting core temperature on a long descent ONLY ONCe (I’m thinking about a stormy afternoon on Berthoud Pass!) to appreciate the three layer Defense+ fabric used in this garment. That said, the Breckenridge vest still rolls up neatly and fits easily into a jersey pocket.
It’s a brilliantly executed and highly useful piece of technical wear – among my favorites. If you’d like to give it – or any Pactimo product – a try, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’d be happy to send you a 30% off coupon.
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