Matt tests a different kind of softshell jacket that’s friendly to user as well as the environment
Jenny tests a female specific riding jacket and some lightweight gloves
As winter draws closer, Jon reviews a long sleeved and warm jersey from Polaris…
Gloves made for almost all year round – but are they any good? Jon gives his verdict..
I bought this jacket back in the depths of winter and had cause to drag it out again a lot recently to protect me from the “Summer” weather!
What to say… It does just what it says really. It’s fantastic in a downpour. It acts like an umbrella for your head with the water flying off in all directions.
It’s a 15L version of the Hydro 3 – a much more useful space for most types of riding. One big main compartment with an old-school half-sleeve for a hydration bladder (not supplied) and then just loads of room for tubes, waterproofs, pumps, Coconut Crimbles etc.
A decent pair of winter boots is long overdue from the (other) Big S. In all other fields, they rival both Shimano and Sidi in popularity and (for me at least) usually exceed both in ergonomics and fit. It’s good to see that they’ve done their homework and not just come out with a slightly less vented racing shoe or DH boot
I must confess to being an unwilling tester for this garment. I’ve never worn tops like these before. Mainly because I think they usually look ‘goalkeeper’ naff. It was only when I ran out of other jerseys during a week’s riding in Italy that I reluctantly pulled the SP24/7 Jersey on.