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ALÉ KLIMATIK GUSCIO RACING VEST
You’ve been putting in countless hours on the trainer preparing all winter for your favorite spring race. Then race day arrives—and so does an uninvited storm front. Are you going to just throw away everything you trained for? Of course not! Reach for the Alé Klimatik Guscio Racing Vest and tackle the elements. Every detail of this vest is designed for wet-weather performance, from the waterproof zipper to the minimal, taped seams. A high collar also helps to keep wind and water out, while a tight cut keeps the vest from becoming an aerodynamic liability, flapping in the wind. The Klimatik Guscio comes in a stealthy black that goes with any kit. When conditions get dicey, you’ll be ready to take advantage. $155; alebikewear.com
CASTELLI PERFETTO VEST
While our Italian is admittedly a bit rusty, we know enough to say that the Castelli Perfetto vest is the perfect complement to spring weather. Every aspect of this vest has been meticulously thought through. A thicker front fabric provides insulation—but not too much thanks to breathable Nano Flex fabric on the back. Both the front and back of this vest are highly water resistant to keep you dry if you get caught in a rainstorm—and Gore Windstopper fabric does double-duty providing both windproofing and breathability. If the weather heats up too much, the vest compacts into just half a jersey pocket. And speaking of pockets, the Perfetto has two of its own for easy access to food and other necessities. It’s the perfect way to extend the range of your short- sleeve kit. Perfetto! $130; 192g; castelli-cycling.com