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Novara Headwind Bike Jacket - Men's

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Slicing through winds at high speeds, the Novara Headwind soft-shell bike jacket blocks wind and resists water, making it ideal for a mixed bag of riding weather.

  • Panels on front and sleeves are windproof up to 60 mph—great for fast descents
  • Lightweight, breathable stretch panels on back of arms and shoulders allow easy movement and let excess heat escape
  • Large zippered pocket on the back stores food and other essentials; smaller zippered rear pocket stores valuables such as wallet and keys
  • Zippered chest pocket is ideal for phone/MP3 player and features a port for your headphone cord
  • Sleeves feature thumbhole cuffs to help keep arms fully covered
  • Full-length zipper is nicely finished with a zipper hut and chin guard to protect against abrasion
  • Abundant reflective trim enhances your visibility in low light and at night
  • Fit is designed to move with your body without binding or twisting, allowing maximum comfort and freedom of movement
  • Droptail hemline ensures coverage in the riding position


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Novara Headwind Bike Jacket - Men's Specs
Best use
Polyester / polyester blend
Fabric type
Shell fabric
Sun-protective fabric
Removable sleeves

Novara Headwind Bike Jacket - Men's

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Novara Headwind Bike Jacket - Men'sis rated4.75out of5by8.
Rated4out of5byfromGood jacketThis is a nice jacket and does a good job of keeping out the wind. Despite its weight, it keeps me warm. I found the fit on the sleeves and chest a little tight, but not uncomfortably so.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated5out of5byfromGreat Jacket at Great PriceI'm new to biking, and got this jacket now that the temperatures are dropping and I'm going for longer weekend rides and riding to work (35 minute ride). I selected it for the style and the low price point, and I have been incredibly happy with it. Function: With a wife beater and t-shirt underneath I've been plenty warm on some cold days. When I've bundled up beyond that I've overheated once I start exerting myself, but no worries because I just tossed my scarf in the big back pocket, and unzipped the jacket a bit. Zipper = Thermostat. Has been great in the wind, and have yet to ride it through any real rain. Form: I'm 6'0" 165 lbs and have unusually long arms. I have a medium which fits snug to my body (the way I'd like a bike jacket to), and was delighfully the right length in the arm. Others have warned of the stitching at the thumb going bad quickly, but I have had 0 problems. REI is amazing about returns anyways so I'd buy with confidence. The zipper does tend to pucker a bit though (not sure if this is an exception or the norm to all bike jackets given the nature of the materials used). More colors would be nice, particularly brighter options. Overall: Great buy combining everything above with the fact that it is one of the cheapest jackets REI sells. I think the only reasons to buy a different jacket would be for the jacket color, or for extreme weather performance.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated5out of5byfromGreat mid weather cycling jacketGreat jacket for cycling from the low 30s to the mid 50s and all points in between. Saw a black and gray jacket in the store and fell in love with the price, value, and functionality. Unfortunately black and gray is a bit too stealthy so I swapped out for a chili powder jacket and all is well. The wind stopper works great killing the wend while the back allows for sweat to evaporate without soaking or freezing you to death. When paired with the appropriate base layers this jacket provides excellent protection while allowing a full range of motion. I had to call a store out of state to get the color I wanted but it was worth it!
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated5out of5byfromgood jacketSo fit is good, used it alone (no layer underneath)for road ride with temps in high 40's..felt no wind/cold penetration going fast downhill; I prefer openpockets like on regular jerseysbut these werefine, these zippered pockets would be hard to open with full-fingered glove,chest pocket good for phone/keys but has a hole for earphones??!!Are we encouraging people to ride while plugged in? At list of $99 is a bit steep but now reduced to $69-overall very satisfied- I got a large size, fits me perfectly at 6'2"
Date published: 2012-12-30
Rated5out of5byfromGreat Jacket!It is my second winter using this jacket. I can say it has been my best winter clothing investement. It is a great value and I am going to purchase another when this one wears out. I noticed that where the thumb inserts at the end of the sleeve there is some minor weeknesses in the seam. I will need to put some additional stiching to reinforce. I have worn it in freezing conditions, snow and light rain. The windproof features are amazing. Most of the time I wear a light jersey short sleeve and the jacket and it is perfect. It is packable. I did reccomend this to a friend and he loves his too.
Date published: 2012-12-30
Rated5out of5byfromGreat Jacket for stopping the wind!I got this jacket the day after Christmas when it went on sale and I just love it. The temperature has been in the 30-40 degrees and will some light layering I have been very comfortable. I am 6', 185lbs and the large fits me great. It is amazing how good this jacket is in the wind.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated4out of5byfromGreat fit but a little thinThe trim fit of this is excellent and I'm very happy that it is longer than average. I'm 6'2" and 185 lbs. I'm lanky but with an athletic build. Based on the reviews I read, ordered a Medium. It was way too small. I exchanged it for a Large, which was absolutely perfect. It's not baggy at all and the sleeves are the perfect length. I bought this exclusively because of the thumb holes and they don't disappoint. I highly recommend this but don't expect it to keep you warm in really cold weather. This is best used as wind protection or a light layer for fall or moderate winter weather.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated5out of5byfromSoftshell is key.For some reason, many bike wear manufacturers have not yet figured out that softshell beats the hell out of nylon for bike jackets. Nylon: clammy, noisy. Softshell: mostly wind proof, breathable, warm. For many winters, I've been using a non-bike-specific Softshell for riding. No longer. This jacket is made for bikers: long sleeves, drop tail, reflective piping, and fitted. It's awesome. Buy it if you ride in the cold.
Date published: 2012-09-25

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