Why We Made IT
The Vertex WX-D Jacket has been a foul-weather staple in our line for years, beloved by any rider who likes to put in the miles in even the worst conditions. The critical components of a foul-weather jacket are weather resistance and breathability. It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, if you’re sweating inside your jacket the moment you pause to rest you will begin to rapidly chill due to build-up of moisture vapor. We wanted to take what we’ve learned from our previous Vertex jacket and further improve both warmth and breathability.
Designed with the uniquely structured Plastotexthree-layer, stretch knit fabric that incorporates a waterproof middle layer and brushed grid-fleece lining. This allows the jacket to remain extremely lightweight while also providing exceptional protection from cold temperatures and adverse road conditions. While not 100% waterproof, the Vertex does include taped shoulder and arm-hole seams, and a YKK waterproof zipper for defense against road spray and winter conditions. Gusseted cuffs firmly seal out cold and moisture creating a seamless connection with your gloves.
The elevated rear collar gently presses against the shape of your neck, keeping the cold from rolling down your back as you press forward into the wind. Front vents with mesh backing, also with waterproof zippers, allow for temperature regulation. Continuing our passion for visibility on the road in low-light conditions, we have incorporated reflective taping and hits increase visibility in low-light conditions.
We designed the Vertex to utilize our highly weather resistant shell (our Storm+ Laminate) with large zippered vents and back-vent, paired with our highly breathable, quick-drying Polartec Alpha fill strategically placed. This combination of weather resistance and abundant air-flow/loft make for a deceptively lightweight and toasty jacket.
We’ve included two water-tight YKK zippers (when closed) that can be opened to allow airflow through the jacket without unzipping your primary zipper.
Plenty Of Storage
Additionally, we added three large pockets to the exterior of the vest to store all your ride essentials including a zippered valuables pocket. The exterior pockets have a hidden micro-perforated fabric that allows any water that collects to drain through the bottom
Back Vent for Air Flow
This airflow is directed up your back and out our static, water-protected back vent creating a channeling affect to cool you and keep you dry.
Pactimo has a relatively simple plan to handle temperatures between zero and 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and it actually involves very little layering. Up top, Pactimo recommends a very warm base layer—like their High Grade Wool or Thermoregulator—matched to a really warm jacket with zippered vents, like the Vertex WX-D. And that's it. No jersey. If this feels a bit warm, go with a lighter base layer. As you warm up while riding, open your jackets zippers to drop heat and you won't need to worry about shedding layers."