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Momentum Mag reviews the Café du Cycliste Geraldine Jacket.
Café du Cycliste Geraldine Jacket
Geraldine is a city-styled jacket that works like technical shell. The jacket is made of a hard-wearing cotton fabric with a waterproof polyurethane treatment. Rear vents and a mesh lining keep air circulating and a two-way front zipper allows for more ventilation while riding. The jacket is cut longer in the back and features wrist zips covering a ribbed cuff to keep the cold out. It is equipped with an inside chest pocket, side pockets with zip closures, and a rear pocket hiding a large removable reflective panel.
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Geraldine is a gorgeous jacket. The shape and style is heavily influenced by the kind of motorcycle jacket that James Dean and Marlon Brando would wear, but updated in a treated cotton fabric that is lighter and breathes better than leather. The cycling features on the jacket are nicely kept out of sight making it easy to integrate into any wardrobe.
The inside chest pocket is secured by a flap and metal snap that is a bit of a pain to open and close. The pocket is just the right size for my smartphone, so I haven’t worried about losing the pocket’s contents with the snap unfastened.
With the Café du Cycliste Geraldine jacket, I have proof that a versatile, highly water-resistant jacket doesn’t have to feel like a plastic bag. During light rain showers and drizzle, water beaded nicely on the treated cotton fabric. During a brief downpour the fabric didn’t soak through and dried quickly once the rain let up. Wind didn’t even stand a chance of chilling me in this jacket. The hidden ribbed cuffs kept out any drafts while riding around town, and the articulated shoulders allowed the jacket sleeves to move with me, not against me. The motorcycle jacket-inspired cut and details looked great both on and off the bike. Quilting on the shoulders and the drop tail added visual interest and the lancer front was both comfortable (the zipper is offset and not pushing on your neck) and looks really cool. The mesh lining and rear vents did an excellent job of managing both moisture and temperature, keeping a layer of body-warmed air around me on colder days while allowing for circulation as the temperature rose. The hidden panel in the rear pocket is very reflective and snapped into place easily for added visibility when wanted.
Overall, Café du Cycliste has combined distinctive style, attention to detail, and a great fabric to create a jacket perfect for spring and fall riding that will keep you comfortable in cool and wet weather.