This jacket is designed for bad weather, the kind of weather I actually used to enjoy riding in back in my HK days. It is constructed to keep you dry when you have no choice but to get wet. It's made of a water-repellent and windproof material that also breathes.
K61 Marina Cove, Hebe Haven. That was my Hong Kong home, and where I first began road cycling. Typically for Southeast Asia, HK has a monsoon season and with it come typhoons, which in any other part of the world would be called hurricanes.
Unlike traditional rain jackets it is tailored to fit, meaning that on the bike you won't feel like you're dragging a parachute, and if the weather is too atrocious you can also sit in a cafe and not look like you've been shipwrecked. I chose rosso fuoco primarily because of the visibility it offers, because often when you're caught in a storm there are only two concerns: protection from the weather and protection from vehicles. The K61 is designed to protect you.
The tech actually makes it capable of being called a storm jacket. It is made of eVent material, a superior Gore-Tex, the company eVent was actually created by ex-Gore employees who discovered a better way of bonding the material and then set about creating a better fabric. Its texture doesn't compare to other waterproof/breathable materials, it feels very soft and light, luxurious in fact. That property alone makes it different, it hangs differently when worn, and can be folded up smaller than other waterproof/breathable jackets.
There are small details which truly separate it from the rest, first the higher neck, then the chest pocket with the storm flap, the black reflective beading along the rear hemline, and lastly but most importantly the buttoned cuff. This isn't there for the sake of it, when undone the arm length increases enough to properly cover the top of your hand, protecting you from even the biggest monsoon. Of course, it also looks very good when fastened or unfastened.
Unlike the 1.61 Rocka Jacket where the Fire Red colour is used as an internal reveal, we decided to make it the main feature of the K61. It is while cycling in the rain or during a storm that we most easily disappear from view, we have designed the K61 to make you stand out in any condition.
It has an almost tailored cut compared to most tent-like/wind trap rain jackets out there, although a certain amount of room has been left to take into account the fact it is an outer-layer, often worn on top of a 1.61 Rocka Jacket (in the worst possible conditions) or a 1.31 J/J for example. Of course it can be worn equally efficiently with only a 1.21 Jersey or 1.22 ONEMORELAP Jersey underneath, perhaps only a 1.81 Base Layer, it doesn’t really matter. The technical qualities of the K61 allow to be layered any which way.
CHPT3 bespoke clothing uses a tailoring system for its sizes. We use the physical chest or waist size as the garment size - If you have a 40" chest you need a 40" Jersey - Please note while the CHPT3 range is not designed for racing it is still a close fitting athletic design suitable for active cyclists.
The functionality of the eVent fabric means that is has properties which do adhere exactly to the sizing. It has little elasticity, and we have cut it in a manner to offer ventilation between it and the under layers. If you measure a 40" chest and want a fitted jacket then you should wear a 39" or even 38" for race fit. If you want your K61 to operate at its maximum level of performance then take 40" yet with the understanding it will have a slightly looser fit.