Reviewed: Pactimo Breckenridge Vest

breckenridge_wx-d_vest-s14_black_white-frontIf you like to roll out on cool mornings, enjoy fall riding or find yourself on long alpine descents in changing weather, a vest is an indispensable piece of gear for layering. In my estimation a vest needs be wind and water resistant, breathable, and light enough to stuff into a jersey pocket. The Pactimo Breckenridge vest has these qualities and a few more.

To begin with, the construction is first-rate, with precise and durable workmanship. The zipper is substantial and has a silicone gripper for easy adjustment. The stand up collar gives an added bit of protection against the wind, and the mesh back helps immensely to prevent over-heating. This is not an ultra-light piece of gear, but the extra grams bring a higher level of water and wind resistance.

I’ve used lighter vests, but the compromise is that wind and water immediately blow through the fabric. A rider has to experience plummeting core temperature on a long descent ONLY ONCE [I’m thinking about a stormy afternoon on Berthoud Pass!] to appreciate the three layer Defense+ fabric used in this garment. That said, the Breckenridge vest still rolls up neatly and fits easily into a jersey pocket.

It’s a brilliantly executed and highly useful piece of technical wear – among my favorites. If you’d like to give it – or any Pactimo product – a try, contact me through this blog, and I’d be happy to send you a 30% off coupon.

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