The old adage of less is more rings true with the GS Panache 13 Wind Vest. This lightweight and low volume garment does a good job at blocking the elements while maintain a low profile. Weighting in at a scant 138 grams, you may not even be aware that you are wearing a vest at all. Fit is phenomenal - perfectly cut for the riding position. The 13 is not just an emergency vest. It has the fit and versatility to be worn all day.
The vest is composed of several anatomically cut panels. When they are stitched together, you get a perfectly tailored garment that fits snug to the body, but is comfortable for all day riding. The front panel of the vest is constructed from Panache's WinterBlock textile. This three layer fabric offers a perfect balance between wind shielding and breathability. The rear panel is a thinner mesh material for excellent breathability and adding a bit of stretch. Side panels are super-elastic and bridge the front and rear panels perfectly.
A one-finger locking zipper is easy to operate while riding. Unlike other wind vests, the 13 has three large, super functional storage pockets to provide ample storage and are contoured for easy access. Panache really nailed the collar dimensions on GS 13 vest. At 4.5cm, it is tall enough to offer protection, but will not bunch or fold during use. Simple and elegant graphics are digitized onto the material. This provides vibrant graphics that will not fade from washing or wear.
In summary, this 138 gram vest is extremely low profile/low volume per the wind protection it provides and it's almost impossible to beat on value. Staff favorite and a recommended staple for your three season cycling wardrobe.