6 Gilets We're Loving Right Now

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6 GILETS WE’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW

Whether the days are getting longer or the mornings that little bit brighter, gilets are an essential clothing layer for any cyclist — regardless of which hemisphere you call home. Most gilets have a single primary function –– from blocking out the wind and keeping out the rain, to keeping you warm and dry but not so insulated that you end up dripping in sweat.

Selecting the the right gilet for your planned use can be quite a challenge, given the numerous different fabrics and compositions featured in the latest designs. We have pieced this together to not only show you what we’re loving right now, but also why we’re loving it and what that gilet was primarily designed for.

Featured on the Emporium are these six cross-seasonal gilets, designed to combat the elements for the fashion-forward cyclist.

MAAP BLOCK OUT TEAM VEST

Combining highly wind-resistant fabrics (15 m/s, if we’re getting technical) and highly water-resistant fabrics (500 g/m2 per 24-hours), the Block Out Team Vest is lightweight, breathable and responsive when the weather turns foul.

It easily packs into your jersey pocket, and features large reflective MAAP graphics on the side panels to ensure you stay seen in twilight conditions. Available now through the Emporium in both Navy/Silver and Black/Charcoal colourways.

PAS NORMAL STUDIOS ROAD TO NOWHERE GILET 

New from Pas Normal Studios is their Road To Nowhere gilet, created from a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treated Japanese fabric that offers optimal wind protection and a breathable back panel. A dual-ended zipper gives easy access to your jersey pockets while retaining a race fit against the body, perfectly shaped for on the bike. Available now on the Emporium in two colourways, Green or Black.

SEARCH AND STATE S2-V CAMO GILET

Engineered to be there for you when the elements demand more than just a jersey. The camo upper is cut from a water-repellent synthetic and the lower body is cut from an all-new lightweight proprietary textured fabric, also providing water resistance but offering more breathability to adapt to changing conditions. Fully waterproof and windproof front and rear zips help defend against inclement conditions. The S2-V offers protection where you need it most, but with more forgiving fabrics elsewhere, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a plastic poncho.

PEDLA THE WILDS WINDCHEATER 

This lightweight gilet is specifically designed with front shield style paneling that insulates and protects you from wind and light rain. Rear panelling uses the latest in quick-drying microfiber material, which is naturally soft, breathable and provides excellent moisture wicking, which is both sweat-expelling, odor and bacteria resistant.

Available now on the Emporium in cobalt blue and slate.

ALBION GILET 

Made in Italy using Japanese fabrics that are designed to breathe while repelling both water and wind, the Albion gilet is a performance-oriented apparel piece that will keep you riding all day, adapting perfectly no matter the weather or terrain. The Albion gilet also features an angled front stash pocket and reflective details on the front and back of the garment for increased visibility – a nice touch.

METIER BEACON GILET 

One of the most technologically advanced gilets on the market. The Beacon Gilet gives you a new level of visibility on your ride with their integrated BrightRide LED wearable technology. The rechargeable battery pack stashes away for up to 70hrs of LED operation. White LEDs feature in the front shoulder sections, while red LEDs across the back pocket section provide additional rear visibility on your ride — particularly when coupled with the highly reflective print detailing.

Hydrophobic, wind-resistant yet breathable, this is the versatile layering option you need in changeable weather conditions. Fitted with easy access rear flaps and a zipped pocket for essentials. Available on the Emporium in both men’s and women’s specific cuts.

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