People who haven't ever raced or even gone on a training ride have a hard time understanding just how unforgiving the wind can be under certain circumstances. Although the wind isn't always something you have to deal with, when it is bad, the last thing you want is for it to negatively impact your performance. That reality of cycling is why you'll be happy to have this high quality vest to protect you from strong gusts. You can also carry along anything you need in the two rear pockets that are protected from moisture by a flap. Best of all, if the weather changes during the course of your ride and you start to feel hot, you'll be able to use the zipper to easily adjust and cool down.