Like a repair kit, a packable, just-in-case layer is something we always throw on the bike before setting off, but like many things bike-related, we felt we needed to tweak the standard to achieve our ideal iteration. In collaboration with California-based cycling apparel manufacturer, Voler, our new Feldspar Ride Jacket ($119.99) hits the mark. This super breathable, minimal, USA-made layer packs up to burrito size and provides the sweet spot in protection for most three-season riding. After thorough testing and design back-and-forth with Voler, the unisex Feldspar jacket is finally on our digital shelves, ready to ship to you today IRL. Let’s take a long exposure look at them below…
Inspired by the framebag for our special edition Radavist x Mosaic bike, the Feldspar got the same pattern treatment in two colorways: Monsoon Camo is a clay color inspired by our summer seasonal showers and Star Trails is the black jacket, a tribute to the night sky (or Star Raiders, iykyk). Feldspar is a rock-forming silicate mineral that makes up over 50% of Earth’s crust and it’s a common mineral found in sandstone here on the Colorado Plateau.
My problem with a lot of riding jackets is the lack of breathability—they get too hot, too fast on anything but a pure descent and the result is being stuck in a clammy trash bag-like sack. Voler went into great detail to prevent the trash bag feel, ensuring these jackets would really breathe by incorporating a series of vents. The back has open venting, and a perforated panel extends from the armpit with small triangular stretchy vents at each wrist.
The silhouette of the Feldspar is slimmer than most MTB jackets, providing a closer-to-body fit that’s more compatible with all types of riding. If you like a slimmer cut for your road or gravel rides, order your standard size. If you like a top layer that’s a bit baggier for your MTB or cycling tours, order a size up. Bryan (above left) is 5’11” and wearing a size medium, Kyle (above center) is 6’0″ and wearing a size medium, John (above right) is 6’2″ and wearing a size XL.
The hood size is dialed to fit under a helmet while still accommodating a cycling cap and features a short brim to keep the rain out.
Don’t be mistaken: these are not intended to function as rain jackets. Due to the venting panels, these jackets are not waterproof but the DWR treatment provides a water-resistant finish, making them equipped to carry you through light showers.
These photos illustrate how a zipper works. ;-) Joking aside, we used two-way zippers, allowing you to unzip from the bottom or the top. In addition to the heroic feeling that riding with a cape provides, the bottom zip can loosen the fit for increased riding pack-compatibility and allows for adjustability venting from the saddle while climbing.
Low-Profile Hood: Lined three-piece hood offers comfortable protection and tucks neatly under a helmet.
Hyperlight Protection: Wind-blocking performance in a sub-200 gram package.
Thoracic Vent: Vertically overlapped shoulder-to-shoulder vent increases airflow while riding or running.
Dual-Slide Vislon Zipper: Tough, durable, and allows for dual directional zipping and on-the-fly airflow and temperature control
Dual Internal Pockets: Two stash pockets on the inside front panels, including one that doubles as a stuff sack for the whole jacket.
Wind Blocking Front and Back: Torso panels are 100 percent Stratus fabric for protection and comfort on blustery days.
Stretchy Mesh Sides: Strategically placed Alito side and wrist panels keep the fit relaxed and adaptable while boosting airflow and moisture management.
USA-Made: Hand-sewn on the West Coast of the USA.
Sustainable Fabrics: The raw fabrics are certified as having a low environmental impact and are free of harmful chemicals through bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certifications.
These unisex jackets are available in XS – 3XL.
Here are Voler’s handy illustrations of the jacket’s design features…
Size XL stuffed into its pocket. Weight for XL is 7oz.
There are pockets on either side, meant for stuffing the jacket into itself but can also come in handy as extra pockets for gloves, a balaclava, or even your phone.
We’re elated with how these Feldspar jackets came out. The color, pattern, and fit are dialed.
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