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Arcana Vest

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.
This vest is designed for on-bike performance. For an urban fit, we recommend sizing up.
  • Breathable insulation on front of torso for fast-forward activities with lighter fill on the back
  • Designed to reduce the need of adding and removing layers
  • Two-way structural blend, 97% nylon exterior for abrasion resistance,100% polyester inner for wicking
  • Certified to meet air permeability standards, C6 DWR water repellency
  • Brushed fleece lined pockets and collar for a warm touch where you feel it most
  • Tapered fit for on-bike performance (order a size up for a more relaxed fit)
  • Surprisingly cozy rib-knit collar to keep your neck warm
  • Kitsbow secured stash pocket, reflective back hem


Inches XS S M L XL XXL
Chest Circumference 36.5 38.5 40.5 42.5 45 47.5
Center Back Length 25.5 26.25 27 27.75 28.5 29.25
Centimeters XS S M L XL XXL
Chest Circumference 92.71 97.79 102.87 107.95 114.30 120.65
Center Back Length 64.77 66.68 68.58 70.49 72.39 74.30


*Measurements given are taken from the garment

**Chest measure should determine size choice



Our crew often rides hard and we are here for you when things go awry. If you crash and trash your Kitsbow, get in touch with us.

If it can be repaired, we'll do that for a reasonable charge. If it can't be repaired (if you were really ripping it), we'll figure out a way to get you back on your bike wearing Kitsbow anyway. Just get in touch. The same policy applies to typical wear and tear: we'll repair it for a reasonable charge (if it can be repaired) or get you back into Kitsbow some other way if it cannot be repaired.


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Arcana vest

It’s a nice piece of kit to keep the core warm on cooler rides. I do wish that the back pocket was a little bigger to fit an IPhone.

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Chris G.
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Another tool in the cold weather gear box

I wanted one of these for a while. I have the Alpha snap jacket and after using it a lot last winter was 100% on board with Polartec Alpha. I held off buying this for a while based on reviews that it ran small - happy to report that I bought a size larger than normal and was able to wear it over an Icon. For reference, Icon is a size L athletic fit and the Arcana is XXL. It dries fast and doesn’t hold moisture.

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Arcana Vest

Great material and good look. I have a long torso and the vest was not long enough; would be a fine fit for “standard” body proportions.

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Peter R.
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Nice vest

Very warm and very close fitting. I went with a size small and it definitely fits snugly which is good while on the bike. My helmet retention system does rub against the collar in the back which can be kind of annoying but isn't really a fault of the vest. Very pleased with how this fits and how warm it is. Like the pockets, especially internal zippered one.

Adin M.
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Great vest - looks really good, performs even better. See pics for sizing reference

I just returned from a 3 day , 220mile bikepacking trip in Southern VT. The Arcana vest was packed as a sort of 'extra' - that new piece of kit you really want to try, but don't really need. Long story short, it ended up being a critical layering piece as temps ranged from 25 deg to 70 deg on our ride. It was perfect over a couple of wool baselayers , partially unzipped on long steeeep climbs and then fully closed for bombing descents to shade of stream runs where cold air settles. Then under a vented parka when temps dipped and in the morning. It dried quick by the fire at night and was even functioned as the perfect neck roll sleeping in the bivvy. ON SIZING Fankly, I"m not sure what all the hullabaloo is about. Reading other comments on whack sizing, I ordered up to a large. It was too big. Returned for a Medium and it fit perfect. I would not layer this over anything like an Icon...fits great under actually. See pic . layered over an Escalator shirt, I believe (5"10, 170lbs)

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