Choices.

We've arrived at the most difficult time of year, with blustery mornings giving way to clear, brisk afternoons and making layering decisions nigh impossible to find the perfect balance between over- and under-dressed. Enter Louis Garneau and its Men's Spire Convertible Cycling Jacket, blending cooling breathability and wind-resistant warmth to comfortably weather breezy fall mornings and early winter chill. When it warms up a bit more than expected, removable sleeves quickly detach and stow stealthily in a rear pocket so you can get to work on honing next year's razor sharp tan lines.

Louis Garneau constructs this jacket using its Polartec Power Shield Pro material, featuring a three-ply construction with soft polyester sandwiching a polyurethane membrane and a water-repelling DWR surface treatment. This material isn't completely wind proof, but makes up for that small concession with significantly increased breathability compared to its wind proof compatriots. What little wind it does let through is said to channel into increased ventilation and faster drying, which means increased overall microclimate control. Strategically placed panels of soft, breathable Vertexx fabric serve to boost the Spire's breathability, further increasing comfort and minimizing clamminess during higher intensity efforts.

  • An ideal jacket for blustery, chilly days
  • Standard fit sits comfortably over a baselayer and jersey
  • Removable sleeves increase versatility
  • Three rear pockets provide ample storage for small necessities
  • Reflective accents increase visibility to others in low light
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Very happy withjacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Size Bought: Large

I live along Lake Superior so need warmer clothing more often than not. This has become one of my favorite tops. I normally wear a medium but bought a large. I wanted extra room for layering. The medium fit perfect on my frame but snug. I am 5'8" 160 lbs. I have used in 35-50 degrees with 10-15 mph wind on 4-5 hour rides a few times with a single mid layer under and worked great for keeping me warm but not over heated. Upper 40s started to get warm with layer under. Used as only layer up to mid 50s and worked well. Might get too warm for me over that, but I have a fair cold tolerance due to where I live so keep that in mind. Fabric is very comfortable, good stretch, long in the hip and arms for coverage, slight wind resistance but breaths well, not wind proof though, neck sits high for protection, and nice reflective elements. Highly recommend. For winder below 40 days I have another windproof jacket that is better suited and decided to use then but this jacket has become my go to otherwise. Bought a second one I like it so much. Getting rid of most of my race fit thermals as I do more long touring. This jacket gives much better coverage and much more versatility.

Nice Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

This is another high quality product from LG. It has a snug fit but the material is very stretchy so you have plenty of freedom of movement. The sleeves are long (intentionally) to keep you hands warm if you want to pull them past your wrists. Also, there are bits of reflective material hidden everywhere plus a hole for your headphone cable in the center pocket. Nice touches.

Be aware that, when the sleeves zip off, this is NOT a vest but a short sleeve jacket. There are fleece-lined elbow-length sleeves that do not zip off, so it is still going to be fairly warm with the sleeves unzipped.

the only jacket I need

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I ride in Arizona, and before anyone wonders why I'd need this jacket, let me explain that winter morning rides can start with temps in the 30's and 40's.... so it's not all sun baked deserts! :-)

Anyway - the jacket fits like a glove (large for my 6'2'' 185 lb frame), the sleeves are not only removable, but also a generous length so there's no gap at the wrist. It keeps out the wind (not sure about rain yet) and has a soft lining so could be used solo.

Thanks for the review Gary! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.