Can anyone recommend a gilet?

manimal Posts: 434
edited August 2010 in Road beginners
Ive been to my LBS and bought an endura laser in size large, fits perfectly and i thoght id bought the right thing until i pockets.

I really need a decent gilet that packs up small and has pockets, i tried the new race fit endura equipe on in the shop in a large and couldnt get it anywhere near done up, this was the largest size stocked.

Any ideas, im 6ft 2 with a 46 inch chest?



  • ilm_zero7
    ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    I have an ultralightweight Campagnolo top , its front is really thin but amazingly windproof, and the back is a venting fabric with 3 pockets - one with a zip

    the mens version of this ... 980wt_1137
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  • father_jack
    father_jack Posts: 3,509
    Aldi's Gillet has a zippable rear pocket. About £6 if I recall. Windproof.
    Say... That's a nice bike..
    Trax T700 with Lew Racing Pro VT-1 ;-)
  • JesseD
    JesseD Posts: 1,961
    Rapha - expensive but the best bit of kit I have bought, I love it and it has 3 rear pockets and 2 zipped little front ones.
    Obsessed is a word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated!
  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    assos element zero

    easily the best, have one and swear by it.

    £££'s though, but you'll never buy anything else.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    I have a rapha one, tops!

    Do I have to pull out the picture of Darth Vader modelling the Assos one again? ;)
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    how many pockets do you need ? If it's a full set of jersey pockets then not sure but if it's just one that holds a set of keys, get someone to sew one in for you?
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  • spezial
    spezial Posts: 142
    Best bit of clothing I've bought over the last year has been the Gore Phantom II.

    Not a gilet at first glance, but it has detachable sleeves, so you get a jacket for your money too. Very windproof, pretty waterproof, nice pockets, and comfortable. Probably not up to the standard as Assos or Rapha, and every other cyclist in the world seems to have one, but I got mine for about £70 so good value for essentially 2 garments in 1.
    "what's it pertaining?"
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Most of the Gore stuff is there or thereabouts the quality of Rapha/Assos, just not as cool ;)
  • spezial
    spezial Posts: 142
    But it's very practical, which is surely the reason we all ride around on Italian bikes with our shaved legs and ludicrously priced pedals?

    "what's it pertaining?"
  • billysan
    billysan Posts: 575
    Another vote for Rapha here. Recently bought the softshell gillet and am very impressed by the quality, fit and function. It was just the ticket in that dounpour last night.
  • jswba
    jswba Posts: 491
    I've got a montane one that does the job perfectly well. Shutt are selling theirs for 25 quid.
  • red dragon
    red dragon Posts: 263
    I have two, Rapha good because it has pockets - pricey though. The second is a Shutt cost me new £25, outstanding value for money, windproof waterproof small pack size. I would be inclined to go for the Shutt. All round good value.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    For 25 quid the Shutt looks a no brainer.
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    Lusso gilet - windproof front, vented rear, three back pockets and packs away into a jersey pocket when not needed - £20 from ebay. Does the job and looks like a gilet....what more do you need....
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    For 20 quid the Lusso looks a no brainer.
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    NapoleonD wrote:
    For 20 quid the Lusso looks a no brainer.

    the only downside is you can have any colour you like - as long as it's blue or yellow.. ;)