The Cadence Pinehurst Wind jacket is a great windstopper jacket that will keep the chill off on autumn mornings and packs down really small when the temperature begins to rise
Packs down small
Open back leaves you vulnerable to showers
The first thing that impresses you about the Cadence Pinehurst Wind Jacket is its weight. At just 113g it really is incredible light. Ok, not quite in the same league as the 53g Sportful Hotpack Ultralight jacket, but all things in perspective the Cadence jacket is still incredibly light and really fits the bill as a stuffable windproof jacket.
While perhaps not the exacting thermal properties to make it one of the best winter cycling jackets, it does have promise in other areas.
This really is a jacket of two halves: the front, arms, and shoulders are made form a windproof material that has also been given a water-resistant treatment, while the back is basically one giant piece of mesh.
And this also make's it more comparable to some of the best waterproof cycling jackets. (opens in new tab)
This might sound basic, but it means that the Cadence Pinehurst Wind jacket ticks all the boxes with aplomb. The front panels are highly wind-resistant and the water-resistant treatment that is applied to the fabric does good job of keeping road spray from the wheel in front off your chest. Extra warmth is added by the high neck and close-fitting, elasticated cuffs which do a great job of keeping cold winds at bay.
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As you’d expect, this jacket is also highly breathable, with the large rear mesh panel making it easy for hot air to escape. However the one obvious flaw in this design is that if you do get caught in an unexpected shower, you’re going to get wet.
It's also worth reading our page dedicated to winter cycling survival guide: 10 tips to keep you riding to ensure you really don't get caught out in the colder months on a bike.
Finally, the fit of the Cadence Pinehurst Wind jacket is absolutely excellent. Cadence describes it as having a “race fit” which can translate as “overly tight” with some products, but this jacket is perfectly proportioned to allow you to fit a layer or two underneath, without any excess material left flapping in the wind. What’s more it stuffs down incredibly small so that it will occupy only half a jersey pocket – great news if you’re on a long ride and have your pockets filled up with bars, gels, mini pumps and phone.
For more details visit the VAM Performance website.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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