Review: Bellwether Coldfront jacket

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Bellwether’s Coldfront series of clothing is designed for cold and dry winter conditions. Utilizing their proprietary Coldfront soft shell fabric, Bellwether delivers a wind-resistant, water-resistant and breathable jacket. This stretchable 3-layer fabric is made up of a tightly woven outer layer to turn away moisture, a wind blocking, breathable membrane, and a light fleece backing for a touch of insulation.

The $140 jacket is vented with two forearm vents and dual-purpose chest pockets/vents.. Three traditional rear pockets provide jersey-like storage options. In addition to the jacket, Coldfront fabric bib tights and booties are available.

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This is a high performance jacket with the fit and styling to match. Though I’m just at the upper end of fit guide for a medium, the size large jacket allowed me to wear more layers underneath when temps dropped down bellow zero. Be sure to take your layering habits and needs into account when choosing a size.

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Overall, I’m thrilled with the Coldfront jacket and feel it’s well worth the asking price. The fabric is the perfect weight for cycling; not so heavy as to be too warm, but provides ample shelter from the elements. I’ve been comfortable from the middle 40’s (over lightweight wool base layer) to minus 3-degress Fahrenheit (over wool baselayer, heavy wool sweater, and fleece vest). The tight weave of the outer fabric, along with a DWR finish, happily turns snow and light drizzle. Though this is not designed to be a rain jacket, it’s kept me dry in a light rain for 40 minutes.

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The chest vents are nice, but I love the arm vents, which were perfect for regulating temperature and preventing moisture build up—one of the best ventilation solutions I’ve experienced. I’m also very happy to see Bellwether offers a women’s version of the Coldfront jacket, too. Two colors are available in both men’s and women’s models: Black and Ferrari (tested).

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