Reflective accents on the front and tape on the back match reflective logos on the chest and Velcro sleeve adjusters. The Textran Light shell fabric is soft on the outside, stretchy and breathable. Its only weakness is relatively poor heavy-rainproofing. It kept us dry in drizzle but performed below average in our lab testing.
How we tested the latest jackets
As well as cycling for hours in the coldest, wettest conditions we could find (and sitting on a turbo under a hose), we took all the jackets to the waterproof clothing experts at Foxwear to test the seams and material – specifically the chest area and shoulder seams, which bear the brunt of downpours.
Foxwear’s testing machine isolates a 10cm section of the jacket and subjects it to increasing water pressure. We continued until either the jacket leaked or the pressure reached 0.6 bar which, according to Foxwear, is ‘not far short of a tropical storm’. Foxwear should know: they've been making hi-vis, high performance rain jackets for professionals such as the police for years, and will soon be bringing out a bike jacket.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus