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Surprisingly robust protection in cold, wet conditions
The AV Extreme Winter jacket is so thin and lightweight that I doubted it would stand up to freezing temperatures, icy winds, or cold rain. To my surprise, this jacket provides outstanding protection against the elements - far better than any other Giordana jacket I've tried. The Polartec eVent facing fabric is highly windproof and water resistant, and the Alpha Direct insulation is impressively warm without bulk or weight. I was skeptical of the "waterproof" rating but I have stayed completely dry in steady light rain for extended periods, even though the outer face fabric appears superficially rain-soaked after a while. I do remain somewhat skeptical of the durability of the Alfa Direct insulation, which eliminates the need for a backing fabric and comes in direct contact with underlayers - there is some minoring fraying with extended use. But when combined with a light base layer and thin thermal hoody, this jacket can keep your core warm in sub-freezing temps regardless of wind chill. It has limited breathability and no venting, which is to be expected for this kind of lightweight cycling jacket designed for winter weather. Yet it does provide decent moisture management under hard exertion. Contrary to what other reviewers say, I find it fits slightly small. I would normally wear a medium but large affords just enough space for layering without being baggy or bulky. It's still a form-fitting and lightweight jacket even after sizing up. The jacket could use additional reflective piping for riding in low-light winter conditions, in my opinion, but it is otherwise an outstanding piece of kit. Expensive, yes, but perfect for high performance activity in cold weather.
I ordered my usual size, but the jacket is significantly larger than all other giordana jackets
Beautifully made, comfortable and warm
Very nicely designed cold weather jacket, good for 20-40 degrees with just a wool base layer. Too warm for anything above 45. Minimal ventilation. Heats up quickly. Great wind and water protection. Flaps a little in fast descents but ok. Washes nicely.
Love AV Extreme
Using the jacket on Long Island now. Temperature around 38- 41 degrees. Do have to add a windbreaker shell for the 24 mph wind. Also wear it with the Giordano vest.