This, the 2012 Windslam Roubaix, and the Blade
I currently have a 2012 Windslam Roubaix. Q1. Is this jersey essentially the same material and temp/warmth rating as the 2012 ? Q2. Differences between them (apart from the visually obvious) ? Q3. Compared with the Blade: is this same material in terms of outer wind stopping & fleece lining used in all 3, with the essential differences being the Blade's venting and it having differential construction at front versus back ? Want a warm windstopping top, and I'm not clear on how these 3 compare.
The Windslam Roubaix 2012 and 2013 are the same concept of product. Temperature ratings are the same. The 2013 has received a visual update and the fitting has been refined to be less baggy around the sleeves and stomach area. The 100% polyester fabric for the 2013 model also has slightly more stretch which allows for a better fitting across a wider range of body shapes.
The Windslam Blade uses Premium Italian Fabrics. The front membrane is more breathable than the Windslam Roubaix (2012/13). The thermal retention of the Blade is higher - i't keeps you a bit warmer".
The fitting of the Windslam Blade is closer, but note the fabric also contains elastane on the back panel - which allows for better fitting and freedom of movement). Meshed panels at the rear allow the rider to shed heat, more effectively.
The Windslam Blade has zipped venting to allow effective cooling once your temperature has risen due to increased efforts.
The Windslam Blade has a longer tail compared to the Windslam Roubaix, for keeping you warmer around the backside.
Essentially if you spend a bit more you get a more technical product with the Windslam Blade. If you riding is not so demanding (less effort, shorter distances) then the Windslam Roubaix is a great performing cold weather top layer.
I will use the Windslam blade, with dhb Merino base layer and Vaeon Roubaix bibs for 50 mile social rides an 10 degrees C. Average speed 17mph.