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Dynafit Racing Windstopper Jacket

Brand: Dynafit
Model: Racing Windstopper Jacket
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The Dynafit classic Racing Windstopper Jacket has been revived. It combines Gore Windstopperâ„¢ on the front panel to shield you from your own speed, and flexible water-repellent softshell on the arms to help you stay frictionless and dry at any speed. While these materials breathe well, the true ventilation genius is on the back of the jacket, where mesh inserts allow for air flow while relying on your pack to shield you from the elements.

  • Elastic hem and elastic cuff with a thumb hole so there is no fussing with cords or velcro when you throw it on or rip it off.
  • Welded construction of water-repellent materials to keep you dry with moderate precipitation.
  • Wind-resistant yet breatheable Windstopper front panel protects your core on descents or when the wind picks up.
  • Mesh inserts on the back add excess breatheability under your pack where you need it most.
  • Outer chest pocket for essentials and two tall mesh inners for skins or water bottles.

Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
343g [M]
362g [L]
Hood No
Pockets 2 inner chest, 1 outer chest
Cuffs Elastic with thumb hole
Hem Elastic
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Fit Athletic with frictionless motion
Materials 88% Nylon 12% Elastane softshell with Gore Windstopper front and mesh inserts on back
2/11/2016
by Greg K (used product a few times)
 
In reference to the comments on breathability, in my experience Gore's standard Windstopper doesn't breath that well in the scheme of things for high output. The Gore Windstopper Next to Skin in my old Mountain Hardwear Transition tights seems better, but apparently neither are made anymore. The full length zipper of this jacket gives you a lot of control over venting though. The mesh over the back is awesome. I find this more valuable on the down than on the up.

If I'm really working hard, it's not windy, and above 10 degrees I find I need to drop this layer on the uphill. On windy days though, it's nice to have, especially if I'm not working hard. I've mainly used this jacket for training sessions at the resort and for that I love it. I keep it easily accessible in my pack and throw it on quickly at the top and take it off once I transition for the next lap. At 10-20 degrees with a light wind I wear this on 2,000' of descent wearing just a 165 g/m merino layer and Polartec Wind Pro gloves and I don't feel cold at all on the descent.

I'm 5'10" 150# and a 38" chest and the US small is pretty athletically fitted on me, but I can still fit an Atom LT jacket under it if needed but things start to get tight there. Thumb loops are nicely done such that they aren't too much in the way and they don't leak air too much when not being used. The jacket doesn't stretch that much though so trying to reach down and undo a binding is a little difficult if the thumb loops are on. The internal skin pockets are really only good for a race skin as they are very narrow.
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12/14/2014
by roger (used product a few times)
 
great layer. trim fit. i'm 5'8, 155# and the small fits like a glove with room for layer underneath. arms perfect length for me, perhaps short for a tall person. light fabric but soft and stretchy. no binding or tight spots anywhere. breathes very very well up front and the back obviously vents amazingly well. after 2K of skinning in mild temps (20s) this thing is very wet in dry climates. maybe that's a function of my under layer dispersing moisture so well and me sweating like a pig. But at the top of my climb, it hasn't shed too much of that moisture. Fine for me, i'll put a shell over the top to ski down fast but curious if it would be overly cold to ski down without a shell to keep some of that heat inside.
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3/30/2014
Question from Eric (hasn't used product)
 
With this being WindStopper, is it light enough to really race in (as compared to a speed suit)?
3/30/2014
Answer from jbo
 
Hey Eric, the jacket is very thin so you certainly can race in it. Not quite as tight fitting or flexible as a skin suit obviously, but a decent compromise for those not ready to suit up. Also not a bad touring layer.
4/4/2014
Answer from Isa
 
just recieved it today, this would be my new fav commuting jacket, it fits so well almost like it is tailor made. isa :)
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