Louis Garneau Nova Vest  - Men's
Louis GarneauNova Vest - Men's

Take it along, just in case.

Changing ride conditions are a nightmare. After all, many of us stock our closets with a kit for nearly every climate, and we're so practiced at deciphering radar that meteorology could be our second calling. But there are times when you simply can't plan for what you'll face out on the roads. That's why a packable vest is an essential part of anyone's wardrobe -- you can take it along, just in case. And the Louis Garneau Nova Vest proves that you don't have to spend a lot of cash for a little added insurance against unforeseen elements.

The front of the Nova Vest is made of Diamond Air fabric, a polyester weave that's windproof, resistant to tearing, and treated with a water-repellent finish. It's also breathable, but you'll get most of your ventilation through the Light Mesh AirDry and Micromesh fabrics that make up the back of the vest. The Nova Vest has two back pockets so you don't have to dig underneath to your jersey for your stowed gear, and a zipper garage keeps the zipper tucked away nicely. Reflective piping on the back as well as reflective front and back logos ensure that you'll be seen as you push on through those came-from-nowhere storms. The Louis Garneau Nova Vest comes in sizes X-Small through XX-Large and in three color options: Black/red, Bright yellow, and White.

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No complaints.

    Great price and does the job for Fall rides along the Wasatch Front. Bought it in Asphalt so I could wear it while mountain biking and not look like Neon Joe.

    Good Value

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    The Nova vest fits well and is true to size. The front of the vest works well to block the wind while the vented back prevents over heating. The material does not feel at all bulky. I have worn over a summer jersey and two light baselayers and felt comfortable in just above freezing temperatures.

    Garneau vest

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    Be advised - although the material on the front is waterproof, this vest has a vented mesh back from neck to waist. So it's not a rain proof vest by any means. Nice vest otherwise.

    Bright vest, decent value.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    High visibility vests are great, just try one. If you wear it for awhile and then go on a ride or two without it, you will notice that the cars give you less room when you are not wearing the vest. The vest fits pretty well, I wear a large, wherein with a Pearl Izumi I have worn an extra large in the past.
    A complaint I have are the rear pockets hanging out and catching on my seat when I remount at a stop light, probably pretty easy to remedy if I just pay closer attention. Though the pockets are not stretched out by me, I have not used them.
    Overall construction seems good, hopefully it lasts me for years to come.

    Perfect for price and cost

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    A lot of companies sell similar products. This is a competitive price for a product that one can spend more on solely for the name. Buy this if you are looking for a vest that will give some contrast to help cars see you and to give a marginal amount of warmth if you live in the Midwest.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Great Arizona cool weather vest. Really blocks air from chest.

    nova vest

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    nice colors and works well pushing the wind out from the chest,it is it is easy to carry in your jersey back pockets there are better out there, I guess money wise is a good deal

    Great Vest

      LG vest does what it says. Lightweight, blocks wind, vents well, packable. Back pockets OK, but wish it had side pockets. Looks good and fits well.

      Too small for me...

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I always wear a large and this vest is very tight across the shoulders. Nice vest, though. I ended up giving it to my very skinny friend and he loves it.

      Thank you for noting a size detail.

      Great Vest for the money

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Very simple piece but does the job very well. Love that it keeps your front very warm (40s-50s F) but allows ventilation on the back. Never had a problem with overheating. The only drawback is the pockets overload easily but i usually store my stuff in my jersey pockets so havent needed to rely on them.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have a very yellow bike pump but next to the vest, it makes it look dull. This hue has a hint of green and is extremely bright. There are 2 reflective piping that go down the back that catch my eye better than the reflective tape on my bike. This vest will give you a bit of extra pop at night while you ride those hot summer nights.

      Does the job for a lot less...

        than the other vest options.

        I bought this to give me a packable layering option for cool days in the 10C range where my windblocker jackets were overkill and just a base layer wasn't enough. I found it was something I can put on and ride for hours without even unzipping. Just enough wind blocking up front and a mesh rear means no overheating after 30 minutes.

        My medium fit to the Sizing Chart.

        Hi. What is your chest size and height? Thanks.