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Levi’s Type 2 Commuter Parka


Levi’s is sticking with and expanding their Commuter line of cycling clothing, with the pictured Type 2 Commuter Parka being a recent introduction. The most technical (and most expensive) piece in the line, the Commuter Parka promises windproof and waterproof performance without sacrificing breathability through independent fabric membranes that help to regulate heat and moisture. The full hood and extended tail are solid touches for when the rain is falling, with rear pockets and side vents for on-the-bike functionality. The sleeves are cut longer than usual to make sure they partially cover your hands while riding, and almost as a matter of course this black jacket has reflective tape on the pockets, hood and back. On paper it’s a serious riding jacket, and it should be for the $350 price. The initial Levi’s Commuter line has seen rave reviews from all of my contacts that have opted for them (and found the fit to their liking), and I’d expect the same from this jacket.

Check out the rest of the Commuter line, including the original 511 jeans and Trucker Jacket. I finally got my hands on a few Commuter items, excited to get some time in on the bike.


  1. Vince NoeDecember 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I am sure that this Levi commuter parka is great BUT why is it black.
    Marketed for bicycle commuting it needs to be bright
    What a waste of time

  2. Matthew JDecember 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Not a waste if you wear the jacket other than on the bike.

    I prefer not to wear screaming colors if I can avoid it.

    A Nathan (or other) vest pulled over a parka while on the bike gives you all the visibility necessary and comes off in a second when the ride is over..

  3. kristinDecember 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Oh hey awesome a women’s commuter jacket from Levi’s! Oh wait…

  4. Rustin MCDecember 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I bought one of these from Levis.com after I saw this post and I have to say, it’s cut really poorly. I am 6’4, 185lbs, and I wear a large in both the regular Trucker jacket and the Commuter Trucker jacket. They both fit well and I can easily wear a hoodie or fleece under them.

    This parka is only comfortable while standing upright. There are no extra panels along the back or in the armpits, so when you bend forward into riding position, it gets really tight in the chest, and on me the sleeves rode up nearly 10 inches.

    They would have been better off copying the Trucker jacket in cordura. It is disappointing that there is so much consistency within the Commuter brand.

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