The Craft Elite Wind Jacket is a welcome new addition to the Swedish brand's bike range. Highly fitted, the Elite Jacket is not only fully wind proof thanks to Craft's Ventair technology, but also shower proof, and complete with welcome reflective touches.
A trait common throughout the Craft Bike collection is an attention to ergonomics which results in an extremely good fit, and the Elite Jacket is no exception. Ample arm lengths and beautifully fitted chest areas, these are Craft standard features that speak for themselves on the bike.
Craft of Sweden is revered as a maker of some of the world's most researched, tested and high performing bicycle apparel. The Swedish brand operates at the very highest level of cycling by integrating Pro Team Rider feedback into each and every product. A cyclist can choose from the Craft Base Layer range, then for outerwear, the Active, Performance or Elite collections; tailoring their choices to how often they ride, or that meet their individual requirements.
5 reviews for Craft Elite Wind Jacket
from United Kingdom
Wind and rain all day today so I was glad to have my new jacket on! Very happy with the temperature and close fit. NB the colour is a brighter yellow than the photo and the gripper at the bottom of the jacket is maybe too good at it's job... can difficult to get food out of your pockets underneath when riding in a group
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from United Kingdom
Just had the pleasure of wearing this jacket for the first time in a 4 hours of October wind and rain. I must say I am very impressed - the water repellent finish keeps off a lot of the rain, it does get through eventually but even when the fabric has been saturated it continues to make the worst of it run off the outside. Due to the windproof nature of the fabric, even when water has got in, you are still warm - the wetsuit effect I guess. The fit is excellent with only very minimal flapping in the wind. I am 5"9 with a 36" chest and weigh about 70kg and wear a size medium for a nice snug fit. Sleeves are nice and long, slim fitting and articulated for on the bike positioning. The chest is incredibly well fitted and the stretchy fabric allows for great movement all round. Rear pocket is a good size and is vented inside to so open it up to help get some airflow going if you get a little hot - having said that the jacket is very breathable, has vents on the rear and under the arms so shouldn't lead to that awful overheating that a fully waterproof shell will cause. The jacket weighs in at around 190g and can be folded up and put in a jersey pocket without any bother - not as tiny and light as the Craft Performance Light jacket which I also own, but this jacket is more windproof, more waterproof and a better fit. Perfect for autumn riding and probably good for winter too with a winter weight jersey and base layer underneath.
by Ruvar Spauwen
First of all, I'm really pleased with the quality and fit of this jacket (especially the extra long arms, which you can fold over your gloves). But unfortunately I'm not completely satisfied with my purchase, because: I bought this jacket, after asking the guys at AlwaysRiding, if this jacket would be suitable for extensive +3 hour rides in -0 to -5 Celsius and they confirmed it would be suitable if I'd wear enough layers. Well today I did a two hours intensive ride in 2 degrees, wearing a Craft Zero long sleeve, winter long sleeve jersey and the Craft wind jacket, and unfortunately after 1,5 hours I got pretty cold (mostly at the arms). So you could imagine it will not be suitable (thick enough) for long extensive rides in freezing weather, unless I maybe wear two winter jerseys, but I don't believe that's an optimal solution. Concluding, I've seen that the Craft Winter jacket has been added to the shop. It still looks pretty thin, but if you're looking for a nice winter jacket, I would recommend going for that one, because this one is only suitable for +0 Celsius. Kind regards from the Netherlands, Ruvar Spauwen
by Roy Cooper
from United Kingdom
Very impressed with this well made, well designed jacket. After a quick email to confirm sizing, you were correct guys, I have been using it for those chilly May mornings. I think it will do the trick for most months with appropriate layers underneath.
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Is the wind jacket made from the same material as the elite gillet or a warmer construction?
Mark Valios, 26th October 2010
The Craft Elite Wind Jacket is made of the same lightweight material as the EliteWind Vest, and uses Gore Windstopper™ to keep the wind at bay. If you are looking for a more thermal solution for very cold conditions, we would recommend the Craft Elite Winter Jacket, as this has a brushed inner and sports a more heavyweight fabric.
answered by Always Riding
Craft's sizing is very Swedish, which means the size sets are very realistic, and not at all like the very small Italian brands. With Craft, a large is indeed a large. The only exception is the Elite range, which is a pure race fit, and which depending on your cycling style, one you may wish to size up for.
*For an accurate glove size, please measure around your palm, placing it flat and making sure to exclude the thumb (don't chop it off), then compare your measurement to the chart above. If it's a close call, go one size up or down depending on the result.
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