Ridgecrest Waterproof Gilet

Ridgecrest Waterproof Gilet review

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Not a waterproof jacket. Not a windproof gilet. The Ridgecrest Waterproof Gilet is something of a unique proposition. Does it actually make sense on the trail?

  • Brand: Ridgecrest
  • Product: Waterproof Gilet
  • From: eBay
  • Price: £44.95 inc. P&P
  • Tested by: Benji for 4 months
Ridgecrest Waterproof Gilet
Ridgecrest Waterproof Gilet

Three things I loved

  • The idea
  • The construction
  • The fit

Three things I’d change

  • More colour choices
  • Slightly less tall collar
  • Er. That’s it really!
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Ridgecrest Waterproof Gilet product description

Cycle gilet – waterproof, breathable, made in England by us. Material – PU coated polyester to EN343 grade 3, the highest level of breathability for a waterproof material. YKK nylon maroon zip, with inner flap. All seams top stitched with maroon thread. 20cm x 50mm reflective strip across back. Back cut lower than hip level, bottom of zip higher than hips to avoid bunching. Stand up collar with two layers of 100% cotton lining for max comfort and absorption. Elastic around waist and shoulders.

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Review Info

Brand: Ridgecrest
Product: Waterproof Gilet
From: eBay
Price: £44.95
Tested: by Benji for 4 months

Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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  • footflaps
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    I use a Rapha waterproof Gilet occasionally….

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    But it’s not a hideous, budget-looking, ill-fitting, shapeless blob either.

    Maybe I’m being a tad picky, but judging by the pics in the article, that’s exactly what it is.

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    Maybe I’m being a tad picky, but judging by the pics in the article, that’s exactly what it is.


    I didn’t want to sound like an utter clothing snob, but it is gopping…..

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    Guarantee you won’t see any of these on a trail anywhere near you anytime soon. Roadie wear!

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    Roadie wear!

    No self-respecting roadie, or cyclist of any experience would want to endure the annoyance of such ill-fitting, flappy fabric.

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    Going (clearly) against the grain. I quite like the idea of this as I often use my “roadie” paper thin “windproof only” gilet when cycling in say Spring and it works a treat, as it keeps the wind off but no heat in. This could well be a winner and it won’t take up to much room in my bag when/if it stops raining.

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    Whether it’s a good idea or not, personally I don’t like gilets, that particular example is stylishly challenged imho, red zips on all colour ways? 🤮 And what makes it look even more naff is the fact it’s about two sizes too big for Ben (if that’s who’s in the pics). 👎

    Full Member

    Alpinestars make a waterproof gilet, the Descender 3.
    PU coating, taped seams and water resistant zip. It’s got a vented back and packs away into its own pocket. £50-£60

    Descender V3 Vest

    Free Member

    Is this the one made by Cy’s dad? Think I read that in an email recently…

    Full Member

    @docrobster – I think it is

    One thing to consider is that not everyone riding a bike is a 2% body fat racing snake…. Some cyclists have more relaxed geo and occasionally lady lumps (even if they’re are middle aged men).


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    It’s not attractive is it. But if it does the job I’ll stick it in the same category as my Mudhugger and Pogies and not give a toss about appearance

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