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Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:01:10 pm »
I'm going cycling on a hybrid bike in Northern France for a few days in early May and want to buy a reasonably lightweight, waterproof and breathable jacket for up to around £100.

If possible I'd like to wear the jacket out at night, so would be better if it wasn't too garish, but this isn't a deal breaker!

I'm a bit new to this sort of thing (have previously just worn an old anorak!), so all advice is very welcome.

Thanks,

Loz


Kim

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Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 10:07:40 pm »
Cheap, waterproof, breathable:  Pick any two.  (The cynics would say that both waterproof and breathable enough to cycle in for a prolonged period can't be achieved at any price.)

I tend to favour the wet-but-warm approach, which means primarily keeping the wind off.

Which isn't to say that a boil-in-the-bag waterproof isn't useful for sudden extreme weather or when you're not actually riding.
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Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 10:35:06 pm »
This would, probably, be better off posted in "The Knowledge".

Kim is correct; you need to pick two out of three.
Sadly, given your budget, you're looking at either waterproof or breathable.
Which part of France are you going to and what's the weather generally like there ?
Use that as the basis for your decision whether to go breathable or waterproof.

For evening wear, most cycling specific gear isn't ideal (no shit really Sherlock ?).

FWIW my GF has just bought an Endura soft shell jacket (this one, I think:- http://www.endurasport.com/product-detail.asp?ProductID=270) and, IMO, it looks good enough to wear off the bike. She likes how it works on the bike.
This is the male equivalent:- http://www.endurasport.com/product-detail.asp?ProductID=28

For Northern France in May, I think that these would be too warm and I'd go for the advice that Kim's given: something to keep the wind out and be prepared to get wet.
Wear stuff that's easy to wash and dries quickly.


vorsprung

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Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 12:14:22 pm »
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=79727.msg1632208#msg1632208

if it's your size it is much less than 100 quid

if you really want to pay 100 quid, rutland cycling have a sale on for Gore Bikewear stuff at the moment
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T42

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Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 01:18:52 pm »
N. French weather in early May is like southern UK weather in early May: capricious.

Personally, I'd buy bright yellow to stay visible through a car's misted-up rain-drenched windscreen, and let the restaurants adapt.  I've never yet had adverse comments on wearing cycling kit into a restaurant, not even when I'd been wearing it for two days and it was getting a bit high.
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Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2014, 03:51:32 pm »
I would second gore stuff especially the path jacket.  Its looks ok to wear off the bike as well.

Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2014, 09:05:45 pm »
The ideal jacket to fulfill this common touring brief is the Hilltrek green spot in double ventile.  Awesome bit of kit but sadly rather more than a hundred notes these days. 

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Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2014, 09:32:49 pm »
The weather's going to be gorgeous* for 95% of the week; if it rains you'll take a break for half an hour until it stops. You need a jacket to get you to a nice place for a coffee while sitting out the rain. It mustn't weigh too much. If it's chilly at night an extra layer may be welcome. In a nutshell, this isn't breathable but is waterproof and is light, plus it leaves plenty of money for a train fare if the weather is truly crap.
http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-00E53980-E21895EB/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=11741

*this is a statement based on an optimistic outlook rather than scientific rigour.

If you want something lightweight, waterproof, breathable and cheap
I recommend http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&product_id=66
and when you get to a restaurant you take it revealing the splendid attire you wear underneath.

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Re: Waterproof and breathable jacket up to around £100
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2014, 09:42:37 pm »
for truly lightweight etc and still within your budget .... I see the Carradice Duxback Rain Poncho (super) weighs 0 gms http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&under=range&product_id=70