While the flowers are blooming on the west coast, many across our beautiful country are still fighting the last vestiges of winter. If you find yourself riding through the last snows of the season or the spring thaw, you know how important a good jacket can be. Temperature regulation is key- too hot and you’ll sweat, too cold and you’ll spend the whole ride thinking about the hot cocoa waiting for you at home.
Cameron Dube is the director of the Wendigo Ultra fatbike race, and no stranger to riding through serious winter conditions. We recently sent him a 45Nrth Naughtvind jacket to test out, and he loved it!
“The 45Nrth Naughtvind is a solid winter cycling performer.”
Cam praises the jacket’s clever design features, like an offset zipper for easy access, drop tail for slushy rides, and 3M reflective elements.
“The offset front zip is what did it for me in choosing the Naughtvind as my go-to winter cycling jacket.”
Breathability is key on long sub-zero rides, as sweat buildup can lead to some serious issues when a riders core temperature drops back down. Cam notes being pleasantly surprised by the breathability of the jacket, especially considering it’s wind-cutting ability. The Naughtvind is designed to allow riders to regulate temperature more effectively, even when putting out the additional effort necessary in motivating a fatbike through the snow.
“Combine the breathable soft shell material with the mesh-lined pit zips (genius by way) and overlapping back ventilation ports and you have the perfect recipe for comfortable cold weather riding.”