When it comes to cycling in inclement weather, we're not afraid to be picky about gear because demanding exactly what we want means we also aren't afraid to brave nasty conditions. The Women's Giordana NS-Air 60 Jacket meets many of our expectations for anti-weather gear, including elemental protection, a relatively aggressively tailored fit, and a lightweight, eminently packable footprint. These qualities in turn help ensure we meet our season goals by getting in our base miles and intervals, regardless of what the mercurial conditions of late fall and early spring throw our way.
As far as protection goes, the NS-Air 60 slots in between the lighter NS-Air 20 and the hatches-battened protection of the NS-Storm Rain Jacket. It's better suited for cold temperatures than the Air 20, but it lacks the taped seams of the Storm, attributes that, on the road, translate to a jacket that is water-resistant instead of waterproof and packs down to fit in a jersey pocket. In contrast, the Air 20 packs down smaller but won't protect against wet, windy weather when the temperature drops and the Storm will keep you completely dry in a deluge but is bulkier to pack when the storm clears.
Despite those differences, all NS jackets enjoy a race-worthy silhouette that isn't quite as painted on as summer-weight gear but does reduce flapping and excess material, so fit is one more area where we can be unreasonably picky. The high collar extends the NS-Air 60's elemental barrier up the throat, and a built in pocket lets the jacket stow itself for tidier compaction when it's stashed in a pocket amidst gels and tubes. That stowability means that the jacket is indispensable during the kind of hours-long base miles in early spring where the weather can change in minutes.
- A cycling jacket for inclement conditions in shoulder seasons
- Nano Shell technology resists wind and water
- Medium weight protects in late fall and early spring
- Race-worthy fit means training doesn't mean dressing down
- High collar maintains barrier against neck
- Stows in a built-in pocket for easier stashing when the weather clears
- Q & A
Perfect lightweight shell!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
I wore this jacket in light rain and mist on a ride on the central coast of CA and dang, I'm in love. Unlike other rain/wind jackets I have previously owned, the Giordana NS air 60 jacket really nails the lightweight and pack-able design. The fabric reminds me of the rain fly I have on my Big Anges super lightweight backpacking tent and is surprisingly warm and high quality fabric. My favorite part about this jacket is how small it packs up. The entire jacket folds up into a pocket in the back of the jacket and literally compresses to a little larger than a golf ball, its amazing. This makes wearing this jacket out on a ride easy because you don't have to worry about stuffing a big jacket into your jersey pocket, it fits into my pocket with so much room to spare. Another feature I like on this jacket is how high the neck collar goes up around my neck but is not constricting. Sometimes I have trouble with Pearl Izumi or Castelli jackets having too tight of a neck and kind of choking me, this is not the case for this Giordana jacket. I wear a Medium in Castelli Jackets and a small in Pearl Izumi jackets and the Medium for Giordana fits great with room for a long sleeve jersey or more layering underneath.
Overall I don't have any complaints or negative things to say about this jersey and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a little extra wind and weather protection.
Below is a picture of the jacket all wrapped up into the storage pocket in the jacket. Seriously the size of a marshmallow. But I don't recommend eating it ;)