Today is International Women’s Day so thought it was only appropriate to take a ride. I’ve had a Jules Threads jacket sitting in my “need to test” box for at least a month. I’ve patiently been waiting for Chicago’s frigid temps to break. Finally today the temps would be in the 40s at the start of my ride and climb into the mid-50s by the end.
The Jules Theads’ website calls it a winter jacket (suitable for 40+ degrees), but that’s Florida winters, not Chicago. The jacket runs large, so I had more than enough room to layer for today’s ride. Under the jacket, I had a wool bra plus a base layer. The winds were over 15mph making this a good test to see if the fabric blocked the wind.
My 35-mile ride started into a headwind. The micro-fleece inner lining kept me warm and the wind did not penetrate the fabric. Working hard into the wind, the full-zip front, and the mesh side panels enabled me to regulate my body temperature and not overheat. The 4-way stretch Italian fabric moves with you and soft to the touch.
Other nice features include an interior cinch cord to tighten or loosen the bottom hem, two exterior side zipper security pockets, and two interior drop pockets. The contrasting zipper garage is both fashionable and prevents chafing when zipped closed.
The jacket comes in this awesome bright pink color and drivers could definitely see me. Yet while the jacket’s color is bright during the day, reflective elements (besides the logo at the neck) were missing from the design and would be helpful in low-light conditions. Also, I’d suggest adding a rear zipper or pouch pocket for the bulkier items you don’t want moving around in the front pockets when pedaling.
Like all of Jules Threads’ kits, this jacket has feminine lines to flatter your curves. However, it does run larger than the jersey sizing, so consider sizing down one, if not two sizes, depending on the desired fit.
It was kismet…testing a jacket from a women-owned company on International Women’s Day. Read my recent blog post on Julie Pitts, founder of Jules Threads.
Price: $140 USD
Fit: Runs big, consider sizing down one or two sizes
Material: 86% Polyester, 14% Elasthane (180 g/m2)