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Vest L1 Essential

5 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


From the very beginning of its history the gilet was developed specifically for Professional riders as the maximum expression of versatility and essentiality…

Color Green Fluo Green Fluo Orange Orange
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Warranty: 2 Years

100% made in Italy

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Product Description

Vest L1 Essential
The first cycling Gilet was introduced in the 1980s, shortly after the advent of laminated ‘shell’ fabrics. From the very beginning this piece of clothing was imagined and developed specifically for Professional riders as the maximum expression of versatility and essentiality; a true ‘emergency friend’ capable of offering a broad range of protective features with minimum volume. Over time the Gilet has conjugated itself into two distinct categories: the windproof/rainproof Gilet and the thermal Gilet, used as protection against the cold. The Q36.5 gilet eliminates the distinction between the two categories with a hybrid 4-season 137g piece of equipment. This is achieved primarily through the use of the UFHybridShell material, a thermal ribbed fleece material which, while constructed without a membrane (which would confer wind or waterproofing qualities) is woven, on its outer side, with such an extraordinarily high density so as to create a wind resistance comparable to that of a traditional soft shell fabric, while maintaining a high degree of breathability. Sensitive riders will immediately appreciate the advantages on long descents, where the sweat soaked jersey is able to wick through the gilet and properly dry, an entirely novel sensation for riders used to the gilets currently available on the market. The material has also undergone a treatment before being woven (as opposed to a ‘finish’ employed on the fabric, choice which allow the threads to maintain their natural characteristics) for water resistance and fast drying times. Cut on the same fit block as the Short Sleeve L1 jersey.  No rear pockets but two invisible slits for accessing rear pockets of jersey or jacket worn underneath.

Cam Lock 3mm Reflex.

39% Polyamide
30% Polyester
30% Elastane
1% Silver

137 g

4-season Body Temperature Stability Guarantee

Additional Information


Green Fluo, Orange


XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

3 reviews for Vest L1 Essential

  1. 5 out of 5


    Pure racing vest. Snug fit when in riding position, no flapping; thus just right for wearing above shirts (probably not above jackets). The two rear slits allow access to jersey pockets. The fabric provides some loft and wicks well also. Fits in a pocket but only just. I look forward to testing it in drizzle and in rain. When in between two sizes, one might consider choosing the bigger one.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The Vest L1 Essential is a piece of kit which I use throughout the year.

    In the Spring and Autumn it is frequently paired with my Long Sleeve Hybrid Que, as it is perfect additional layer on the cooler days, or when riding into the evening. The fabrics used to form the vest are extremely breathable. This removes the potential of perspiration building on its interior, even when climbing or interval training. This contributes to the overall comfort provided by the Vest.

    During the summer season, the Vest can be packet into a Jersey pocket making it perfect optional Layer for those early starts, late finishes or descending.

    In the winter months, the vest creates an extra layer on the really cold days. I wear it as an outer layer to the Termica Jacket. The vest providing protection from the elements, and flash of colour to aid visibility (mine is the Green Fluo). Reflective tabs also add to this.

    The slits within the back of the vest are a great feature, as they enable access to the pockets of the garment below, and make it compact, and easy to use.

    The garment is close fitting, but the elasticity within the fabrics enable it to be worn over a range of Jerseys and Jackets.

    The Vest L1 Essential is an extremely versatile, and something I would not be without.

  3. 5 out of 5


    One of my favorite bits of kit I’ve ever owned.
    It’s a tight fit but the material is nice and stretchy so it’s a great vest that still allows you to feel fast.
    Provides great body temperature regulation.

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