The fist thing that struck me about the Velom Vest was its miniature packed size. Compressed, it has about the same volume of a King Sized Snikers bar. Its weight is equally as impressive, as a size medium weighs in at a wispy 2 ounces. Once stuffed into a jersey pocket or hydration pack, the vest all but disappears.
During numerous spring rides, the vest played a vital role in keeping my core: chest, lungs, and abdominal region warm. And with my core toasty under the Velom’s protective windshield, the temperature of my legs, hands and feet also benefited. (Generally, as soon as the organs begin to be threatened by cold, the body will decrease circulation to the arms and legs.)
Part of the Velom’s secret is the “nano-technology” enhanced, supper-light Swiss fabric that makes up the garment’s front sided. The wonder fabric is wind / water resistant, and vitally silent when being buffeted by the airflow of a 55 mph descent. Add in the mesh back panel that provides welcome circulation, a fleece lined collar, elastic armholes and great fit, and the Velom Vest is an easy steal at a sensible fifty-five bucks.