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Vertigo Jacket

The key to this piece is the fabric. This fabric 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.

The fabric technology also allows for the transport of moisture without getting cold; so, unlike your puffy down jacket, this jacket will keep you warm when moisture is involved... or inevitable.
  • Hydrophobic insulation on front of torso for fast-forward activities with lighter fill on the back and in the sleeves
  • Two-way structural blend, 97% nylon exterior for abrasion resistance,100% polyester interior optimized for wicking and mechanical stretch
  • Certified to meet air permeability standards
  • Brushed fleece lined pockets
  • UPDATED: Snug-fit ribbed cuff for better insulation and fit
  • Schoeller 3X Dry Paneling on the elbow and forearm for greater strength in the high use regions
  • Kitsbow secured stash pocket, reflective back hem


Center Back Length 28.75 29.25 29.75 30.25 30.75 31.25
Chest 40 42 44 46 47.25 51
Sleeve Length 35 36.5 37.25 38 38.75 39.25
Center Back Length 73 74 75 76 78 79
Chest 102 107 112 117 121 129
Sleeve Length 91 93 95 97 99 101

* Garment fit is small. If in doubt, size up. If you wear a Medium Icon, you might want to size up to a Large Vertigo Jacket.



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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4.5 Based on 21 Reviews
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Eric L.
United States United States
  • If a garment, please rate the size. Runs SmallTrue to SizeRuns Large
Quickly replacing my Icon as my favorite piece

I really dig this jacket. I have an Icon and I was wearing it pretty much every day in some capacity. I finally pulled the trigger on the Vertigo, after eyeing it for the better part of a year. I am quite happy I did. It's incredibly comfortable in a vast array of weather and activities. Sizing on it is pretty spot on for me. This jacket is designed to be worn as a single layer and not really part of a layered solution. With that in mind the sizing follows the Icon and all other Kitsbow garments. The lining is soft and great for next to skin. The cuffs have a nice knit detail that keeps the warm air in, but the shell material fits loose for a more relaxed aesthetic. Plenty of pockets (2 breast pockets for small items, one inside pocket on the left can fit a wallet and a rear outer zippered pocket can hold an iPhone or keys, finally there's two hand warmer pockets without closure) for storage and hand warming. I also really appreciate the details of abrasion resistant fabric on the elbows to make sure I am wearing it for the long haul. Thanks Kitsbow for another classic piece of gear.

Jordan B.
United States United States
  • If a garment, please rate the size. Runs SmallTrue to SizeRuns Large
Another Kitsbow Classic

The Vertigo is another Kitsbow garment that goes with me everywhere. It's emblematic of what I love so much about this company - garments that go from trail to table, performing and looking top notch in any setting. I LOVE this jacket - critical notes below notwithstanding. Off the bike, the Vertigo is versatile across a wide variety of temperatures, and looks great as a casual item (see below for some little nits about the fit). On the bike, it's a must-have item on the coldest rides, but gets warm quickly. On most rides here in the middle of the country, the Vertigo is an indulgence when I can circle back to the car to layer down once I'm good and warm. (The jacket is bit too large to be packed into a pocket or saddlebag once you warm up.) Most importantly, it will be a critical addition to my bikepacking arsenal for cold mornings. None of this is to say that the garment is perfect. There are a few flaws which are frustrating for how obvious they are, but not fatal to my absolute love for this jacket. The lack of a bottom button is hard to forgive - it would give the jacket significant additional off-the-bike warmth. The fit of the jacket also falls within a recurring criticism I have of some of the very best Kitsbow items. The armholes are high and the chest is aggressively tight, but then the body is incongruously boxy. For anyone with a flat-ish stomach who can also knock out more than six pull-ups or twelve push-ups (guess I'm bragging now), the fit of some Kitsbow garments can be a poke in the eye. The Vertigo is one of those garments. The chest is tight enough to restrict arm movement in a sport that is practiced with the arms forward, but sizing up would yield a torso size that I could not achieve without significantly upping my tolerance for post-ride indulgences at the pub. Finally, the front is a bit too short. A touch of extra length would not interfere with performance on the bike and would give the style off the bike a bit of an upgrade. (It would also help the jacket better sync with the Icon, which falls significantly longer than the Vertigo - right now, wearing the two together creates the slightest "fat guy in a little suit" look.)

United States United States
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Super Stoked!

Word class garment. Toasty. Does not stretch. I am 6’2” 190-195lbs. and XL fits spot on. Large was too small. I live by the ocean and I wear this piece with short sleeve underneath. Super stoked with the Vertigo!

Doug B.
New Zealand New Zealand
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In between sizes

Nice jacket- the medium chest measurements are too large; I bought the small. Slightly too small... I bought in your moving sale so no exchange options. Let me know when you do an in between. I'm 100cm chest. Size chart says small is 107 cm Chest??? Confused.

Jackson B.
United States United States
  • If a garment, please rate the size. Runs SmallTrue to SizeRuns Large
Great Jacket, almost perfect

I really like this jacket, it has already become my go-to on and off the bike in chilly weather. It has really good weight, feels substantial but not heavy. Unlike one of the other reviews I really like the cuff, keeps the warm in and easily stretches over gloves. I'm pretty slender and the fitted cut works well for me. The reason for 4 stars is that it is a little too short, it stops right about at the belt line which leaves most shirts hanging out the bottom...not a deal breaker but could easily be better. I’m trying to find a reason for it being short but can't think of why this would be on purpose. The arm holes are also a bit too small, again I like that it is fitted, but with anything other than a t-shirt it is tight in the armpits. (I'm 5'11", 150 pounds and have size Medium)