In the shoulder seasons, you'll find that conditions are far from ideal, but not so intense that you'll icicles will form. In these times of year, you'll find a solid minimalist jacket, like the Specialized Women's Element 1.0 Softshell Jacket, will be the ideal piece for your ride.
The jacket is made from Element Soft Shell material, which is both wind- and water-resistant, as well as insulating. And as the 1.0 iteration of this jacket, this fabric is used throughout in order to provide coverage and protection from the elements where it's needed most. The fabric is also extremely lightweight and malleable, so you'll experience the perfect amount of stretch in all of the right places throughout the motions of cycling. Its use equates to a lightweight, minimal barrier between you and the elements, which is perfect for fair conditions or any autumn/winter riding at a hard pace.
The Element 1.0 also includes additional weather-fighting properties, like a pop collar that prevents unwanted chills and moisture from entering the jacket via the neck opening. And lastly, three rear pockets and one zippered securing pocket at the back handle storage duties.
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Pop collar seals out the cold and adds a little extra protection from the elements.