The key to this piece is the fabric that was developed for use by U.S. Special Forces with a simple objective: eliminate the need of adding or dropping layers during dynamic and static activities. We saw this as a solution to the cyclists layering problem. The fabric technology also allows for the transport of moisture without getting cold; so, unlike your puffy down jacket, this vest will keep you warm when moisture is involved.
We gave the shell of this piece a C6 DWR water resistant treatment. This allows water to bead up and keeps the surface of the piece from becoming saturated with moisture.
First off, I’m a medium/large torso (5’10” 165lbs.) The medium was too slim for me but the large fits perfect. And by perfect I mean the ideal piece for layering over a base, T-shirt, jacket etc. The vest is bomb proof durable and equally at home on the trail for cold shadow hour runs as well as the office beforehand. Love the collar and the hidden magnet closure at the neck is just one of the endless details that give Kitsbow their legend status level 11 for gear.
I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. Tired of puffy. Well made and looked good. But, sizing feels like it is for a woman. I can wear an XL in most Kitsbow. But this piece, I am sure an XXL would be to small. Too bad, would be a great vest.
I originally ordered a medium but it was too small (I'm 5' 9", between 145 - 150lbs for reference). I exchanged for the large and it is just big enough. Full disclosure, I wear this over a Wabi Woolens winter weight long sleeve cycling jersey. It's not incredibly thick, but it's not thin either so it must change the fit to some extent. The vest is super handy for the varying conditions of my commute. I keep it on top of all the other stuff in my backpack so that I can grab it when conditions change. It's a great addition to my layering system and can be worn unzipped for in between conditions. Even unzipped it doesn't flap around and get in the way. I got my vest on a clear out sale for which there were no returns or exchanges but Kitsbow let me exchange my medium for a large, which was very much appreciated. Very well made piece.
This vest is the perfect combination to use with the a.m. hoodie on those rides that just don’t seem to warm up. Or for walking the dogs with a flannel shirt and a hat. Size up. I tend to range between large and extra large. Definitely need the extra large on this fast otherwise you can’t fit anything underneath.
So, I am a faithful Kitsbow customer. A big fan of the brand. I own two alpha snap jackets, a couple icon shirts and various other pieces. This vest was a disappointment. It lacks the thoughtful functionality of the other pieces I own. The Alpha Snap is genius- it looks great, but due to the stretch panels on the side, works great on the bike. This vest does not give or stretch in any way and also, due to the hand warmer pocket positioning makes me look dumpy. Not quite sure what happened with the design here, but as a Kitsbow 100 member and follower of the brand, I hope you get version 2 right.