What It Is: A wind- and water-resistant jacket that stuffs down to the size of a softball — and looks good on and off the bike.
Why We Like It: Any regular bike commuter knows that those in-between seasons can be a challenge when it comes to outerwear. Levi’s new Commuter Windbreaker (part of an already excellent commuter line) is the type of layer that breathes on warmer spring days and sheds wind and water capably when Mother Nature roars again. Levi’s ThermoCool fabric (a proprietary polyester) has a knack for releasing heat when you need to (it has well-placed vents on the back) and locking in warmth when you don’t.
But perhaps best of all, this packable jacket (it fits into its own internal stuff sack that doubles as a gear pocket) also looks good off the bike. The front pockets are cut like a Western shirt, and the fit is slim and flattering. Even with a few well-placed reflective patches, it doesn’t scream bike geek.
Nitpick: Some people might appreciate the elastic on the cuffs that help keep out wind and water, but we found it a bit constricting.