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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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Great vest with a number of well thought-out qualities. Unfortunately, even taking into account the advice to size-up, the vest is still very small. I wear an Icon in small and it fits perfectly, and a medium Arcana vest leaves is very tight across the shoulders and hips... Unfortunately, as I live in Europe exchanging the item for a larger size isn't feasible as I would have to cover all shipping costs associated with returning this item and receiving the larger size.

Aaron C.
United States United States
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Solid vest with a few quirks

Pros: The fit is excellent (I went up one size from normal) Breathes surprisingly well Stylish enough to wear on/off the bike Cons: Operating the tiny zipper with gloves is a bit of a pain The back pocket is too small for most modern cell phones

James D.
United States United States
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Great vest! not perfect

Size: Size med is a little short but otherwise fits me great. I'm 6'1" 155-160 and slim in the torso. Style: 5 stars. Looks awesome. Function: Great for temps from high 20s to mid 40s depending what you put under it. Breaths well & has a little water resistance. Does not inhibit mobility even with technical riding. I particularly like: the collar to keep my neck warm, the magnets in addition to zipper so it snaps all the way shut when zippering one handed, the pockets are easy to get into and close securely while riding. I don't like the lack of more rear pocket access. I want to use this for 3+ hr rides and I don't want to wear a pack with it. There is not enough space for my smartphone + nutrition + packable rain/windbreaker + a couple small tools. Usually these would all fit in my rear jersey pockets but because the Arcana fits so slim (which I like in many ways) you can't access pockets in a jersey underneath it while on the go. It's a nitpick, but I way I think it could be improved upon. Overall: a great addition to my cold-cool weather riding attire. Versatile. Needs more pocket space if going to use on longer rides.

Fritz A.
United States United States
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Looked great out of box

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.

Alistair D.
United States United States
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Versatile, very handy piece.

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.