This fall, I’ve embraced the hue of the season. Hunter, or safety orange and two brands have done the same: Giro and Rapha, each in their own unique way. A wise man once told me that a *down vest, or jacket could be the difference between an enjoyable ride and an utterly miserable death march.
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When Giro first announced their fall line for the New Road collection, one piece caught my attention, the orange Insulated Vest.
This is a lighter-weight vest that stuffs inside a jersey pocket, has multiple pockets of its own and looks damn nice. The fit on this vest is perfect.
My favorite detail however is the ambidextrous side-access rear pocket with individual pockets inside. It’s a pocket, with a pocket inside of a pocket. Woah.
Coincidentally, my favorite shoes, the Privateer also came in the same color.
Across the pond, at Rapha, a similarly-colored jacket popped up. The Transfer jacket isn’t marketed as a riding jacket, or a performance piece, but I still found it a worthy garment during the last Brovet here in Austin, where the temperature dropped to 30 and the wind spiked to upwards of 30 mph. It’s a bit thicker in weight compared to the Giro vest, doesn’t really pack down at all, but if the weather calls for it, this jacket won’t be coming off your back anyway and since it’s Primaloft, it’ll stand wet conditions better than natural down.
The Transfer was all I needed in the inclement weather. It, along with a long sleeve jersey, kept me completely warm, without overheating or getting sweaty.
The reversible zipper allows you to pack reverse-pack the jacket for storage or transport.
The Transfer also comes in a vest, which I’ve yet to use, but if it’s anything like the jacket, it’ll make its way onto my back soon enough.
Both products can be picked up at your local Rapha or Giro dealer and online.
*in this case, Primaloft