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Between unpredictable weather and early season legs, spring can be tough to adjust to after a season of cross training and memories of beautiful fall riding weather. Investing in the right gear can at least help to take some of the sting away on the days you're facing a stiff headwind and temperatures that make you wonder whether it's really spring at all. Lightweight and easily packable, Louis Garneau's Luciole RTR Women's Jacket was designed to protect you from the wind on cooler days. With a more relaxed fit, it's easy to layer over a short-sleeve or thermal jersey, depending on the day's conditions.
While they're best suited to helping you retain body heat by shielding you from the wind, the Luciole RTR's Hex O2 RF and Hex O2 GND fabric panels are glow-in-the-dark and help repel water. The Luciole might not be our first choice to take on a ride in the pouring rain, but if you're caught in April showers mid-ride, the DWR coating on the fabrics will keep you from getting soaked, while the luminescent fabric itself helps you stay visible in dim, stormy conditions. Not afraid of using multiple proprietary textiles to make a garment function its best, Garneau also trusts Drytex polyester to help the jacket retain warmth, Power Mesh vents to add breathability and ventilation, and abrasion-resistant 40D Hex O2 nylon to act as a durable, wind-resistant main body fabric.
Other thoughtful features like a soft collar and zipper garage help you stay comfortable as you pedal through less-than-ideal conditions, while a zippered rear pocket provides room to house valuables out of the elements and a silicone gripper helps the bottom hem stay in place.