A tight-fitting, super-lightweight women’s waterproof jacket made specifically for cyclists, this garment does the job it was created to do very well
- Cut long in the back
- Solid waterproofing
- Bike-specific cut
The Velocio Ultralight Rain Jacket: first impressions
With 3D shaping, articulated sleeves, and a shoulder and back cut to fit a cyclist’s forward-leaning position on the bike, the Velocio Ultralight Rain Jacket has minimal bulk and an ultra-clean aesthetic. This all-season ultralight jacket is made from eVent fabric, a direct-vent membrane that doesn’t require heat and moisture to build up inside for it to start working, making it one of the best waterproof jackets out there for high-output activities. It’s air permeable, with fully taped seams, and made for high-intensity cycling. An internal bonded zip pocket has a media port to keep the tunes cranking. The Velocio Ultralight's low-profile elastic cuffs keep the weather out, as does the caped back vent that also serves as a port to your cycling jersey (opens in new tab) or shirt pockets. Reflective detailing throughout enhances your visibility to passing vehicles.
The Velocio Ultralight Rain Jacket: in the field
I wore the Velocio Ultralight Rain Jacket in a range of conditions from sub-zero fat biking layered over fleecy mid layers, in warm spring storms, on long, fast descents in brisk weather, and anytime it was too chilly to just ride in a jersey.
I loved the long elastic wrist panels, which eliminated the need for cuffs and kept the jacket in place on my wrists without feeling too tight. The hem in the Velocio Ultralight is also welded, not a waistband, so when I was in the drops, I didn’t feel a band tugging at my waist.
In the back, the long-cut hem’s silicone gripper kept it from riding up. The jacket packed small enough to roll and stash in my jersey pocket. And the locking zipper was a big win. It let me adjust my venting instead of having to choose between an open and a closed zipper. When it was zipped to the top, the jacket came to just underneath my chin and the microfleece-lined collar gave it a cozy feeling. The Velocio Ultralight has a very trim fit, so be sure to size up. Size up again if you want to wear layers underneath.
Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.
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