Thursday, November 13, 2014

Transitional Bikewear - Novara Baker Bike Jacket for a Windy 40 to 50 Degrees

Trying on the Baker Bike Jacket at The Women's Story
Fall is quickly turning to winter so you may need to update your cycle-wear to adapt to the dropping temperatures. Added to this is the fact that the days are shorter and often a bit dismal and gray which is much like the day I went for a ride in the Baker Bike Jacket. You may not be quite as visible on the road under those conditions. So now is the time to go warm and bright.

Novara Cycle Wear is a REI Label of high quality pieces that look great both on and off the bike. I first saw the Baker Bike Jacket at The Women's Story Media Event at Crystal Springs Resort, NJ this past June. Part of their Fall 2014 collection, they offered fresh designs and built in reflective threads for increased night time visibility.

Baker Cycling Jacket Features: I was really drawn to the design and colorways of the Baker Bike Jacket as shown here in a highly visible Electric Blue with 360 degree reflective piping around the shoulders and down the back. Quilted without actually being a "puffer" it has comfy stretch panels and knit cuffs/neckline to keep the cold wind out. I found myself quite toasty on my bicycle when the temperature was between 45-50 degrees. Keep in mind when you are doing about 18-21 mph, you have to factor in wind chill. This jacket is highly wind resistant however due to the synthetic fill and quilting so no problems there.

49 Degrees for my Baker Bike Jacket test ride
Flexibility The stretch panels also give you more flexibility on the bicycle especially when riding down in the drops. The zippered pockets and front zipper operate with only one hand. 

Inner pockets and quilting throughout
Invisible zippered rear pouch with reflective piping all around.
Women's Baker Bike Jacket by Novara

Features - The Baker Bike Jacket has two invisible zippered pockets deep enough for your cell and a Mp3 player. Inside the jacket are two inner pouches which neatly kept a few tissues close at hand. The stretchy ribbed hem of the jacket stayed in place during my ride and kept the cold air out. This is an REI exclusive so check out The Baker Bike Jacket online at their website.
Amare Helmet & Matching Full Fingered Gloves: by Giro

Baker Bike Jacket Details:

  • Shell fabric and lining are made of 100% recycled polyester
  • Outer shell fabric is water resistant, wind resistant to 50 MPH, and rated UPF 50+
  • Quilted with lightweight, warm polyester-fiber insulation
  • Breathable stretch panels along sides, cuffs and hem
  • Piping along front and back yokes glows brilliantly in headlights or streetlights at night
  • Large back pocket has horizontal zipper
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Dropped tail adds coverage while on the bike
  • The women's Novara Baker Bike Jacket transitions easily from bike paths to city sidewalks

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