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.
Vest is well made, comfortable, even stylish. Insulation is very thin, this is not for very cold conditions. Fit is slender. Single pull zipper, and no snap at bottom limits ventilation flexibility. Add that it is made in viet nam, it’s difficult to justify the high price.
I like the weight of the garment Could use more ventilation at the back panel
This is an incredibly tight fitting vest! I unfortunately had to return it. So disappointing! I have a stocky/muscular build. Thick chest, wide shoulders, thickish biceps. A tiny bit overweight! The Front Range Merino Sweatshirt size M fits me snug with minimal slack all around. I ordered the Arcana Vest size M so I could layer it over the Front Range Merino Sweatshirt, but this was so impossibly tight I couldn't close the front. The vest does not stretch. So I exchanged with a size L, but that still felt tight around my shoulder blades with the Front Range Merino Sweater inside. When I'd hunch over to reach the handlebars, I could feel the vest fabric around the shoulder blades being pulled apart almost to the max. I'd prefer to have more room around there when I'm in a riding position. I decided not to exchange for a size XL, because the arm holes would probably look too big above the shoulders. I think the arm hole is designed to have a gap right above your shoulder that allows your arms to reach forward with minimal interference with the vest. At L the gap was already noticeable. I would have a bigger gap with an XL. I certainly am not built like a Rapha model, but I don't think my body shape is completely uncommon. I'm a size M most of the time with any manufacturer. It puzzles me why I couldn't get an acceptable fit even in size L. I give the Arcana Vest 3 stars - a neutral score in my book, as I did not get to test its outdoor performance on a bike.
Should be nice to wear but still too cold here in NYC. A bit disappointed that none of the pockets fit my iPhone XS Max. Fit is good.