Lightweight, packable and water-resistant insulation
Long-distance riders often encounter a wide range of conditions, so a lightweight layer that is both warm and packable is essential. The Insulated Brevet Gilet provides exceptional warmth, while highly breathable Polartec Alpha insulation ensures you won’t overheat during harder efforts.
The gilet features a two-way zipper for easy rear-pocket access, reflective detailing for visibility, and a water-shedding DWR (durable water repellent) coating for added protection. The hydrophobic properties of Polartec Alpha mean the gilet won’t hold water like natural down insulation, and it is also quick drying. Mesh side panels stretch over full pockets and when not in use, the gilet rolls into an elasticated loop at the neck to stay tightly stored.
Karen Whittier, product manager for insulation at Polartec, explains the science behind Polartec Alpha:
Polartec Alpha was engineered as an active insulation to regulate core body temperatures during both dynamic and static activities. This ‘adaptive’ breathability helps eliminate the need for shedding or adding layers while on the move, making it ideal for cycling.
By keeping moisture vapour moving freely through the fabric, it increases overall air exchange and drastically speeds up dry times, providing thermal regulated comfort. Polartec Alpha is also highly compressible, made with a stable core… that prevents ‘fibre migration’ to keep a uniform consistency, even after heavy wear and repeated laundering.