Thursday, February 1, 2007 12.00am
By Richard Peace
Corinne Dennis are a relatively small firm based in York who began life by specialising in women's cycle clothing, but they also produce a smaller range for men. The jacket is great, but I was also struck by the simplicity and helpfulness of their website, which features sections on sizing, local stockists and comprehensive product descriptions to boot.
The Hurricane is a well designed, good value jacket, which looks great when cycling but isn't too sporty-looking to wear when not. Light and comfortable, detail such as the fleece-lined collar and elasticated and velcro-adjustable cuffs mean it's still comfortable when fully fastened up for bad weather. Features include two front pockets, taped seams and mesh lining. The Dritex material, which feels really comfy in contrast to the crinkly, noisy variety you sometimes get, is described as 'medium weight'; not for minimalist roadies, but a very compact option ideal for touring and leisure rides. When not in use it packs away into its own rear pocket, with an elasticated belt attached. It unpacks quickly and fastens up easily (zip and press studs) and has a rear flap which studs up inside the jacket when not in use. The rear pocket is also handily map-sized.
There is reflective material on the jacket, and being seen won't be a worry, especially if you opt for the yellow rather than black version. Waterproof, windproof and breathable, it's hard to fault. There's no hood, but I'm not a big fan of hoods, because I find that they can restrict your vision.
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