Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Product Review: Bianchi Bicycles | Soft Shell Vest.

I've become a firm believer of a good softshell jacket.

I've had a soft shell jacket for 10 years and it's been bombproof, warm, and comfortable. It's basic black; so it's been worn during alley cat racing, commuting, snowboarding, and even out to a date night with Mrs. Bikewife.

Here I am wearing said jacket with Tim Johnson at the rainy 2015 Farm to Fork Fondo in Orange Co, NY.


The water and wind resistant nylon outer shell with its Polartec 100 grade backing lends itself to rock solid insulation. It's so good that one February I wore it snowboarding in Vermont when tempuratures were in the low 30s. That day, I wore a Polartec 200 fleece vest as the mid-layer and a double-layer baselayer. I was surprisingly warm that day during the runs at Mt. Snow.

Granted this old trusty softshell could now use a healthy treatment of Nikwax so the rain doesn't bleed-out on it when I'm caught in a rainstorm but none the less I'm keeping it until the elbows wear through the sleeves!


I've always loved vests. I'm 6'5" and they typically don't fit me. Either they're 'Murican cut in the gut or too wide in the shoulders making me feel like Ace Frehley. 



 The latest piece from Bianchi Bicycles.
The softshell vest.
Logo on the front.


The eagle on the back.



I really dig the embroidery details. 


The reverse coil YKK zippers provide a level of draft protection for the micro-fleece lined pockets and along the main body zipper. 


The 2.5 inch high collar is just high enough to not feel like you're being choked out. (Disregard the beard hair in the pic!) And to keep your chin from becoming poked by the pull, a zipper garage keeps it in place.



This is pretty much a vest version of the jacket in the opening of this review. The sizing chart for the vest on the Bianchi USA website is spot on. I have a 28 inch torso so I went with the medium. I'm happy with the fit. The fit is slim enough that I can use it as a mid-layer under my Primaloft snowboarding jacket, over a long sleeve cycling jersey on rides, or solo as in the picture above. 

This piece is available through your local Bianchi USA dealer or directly at--


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