DHB EQ2.5 winter jacket£69.99

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BikeRadar score4/5

Fully waterproof with taped seams, a waterproof zip and a mesh liner on the inside, the DHB EQ2.5 is dry and comfortable both in foul weather and on fast paced rides. A micro-fleece collar, Velcro adjustable cuffs and silicone grippered drop tail all add to the cosy fit.

Ventilation is good too, with a flap-covered vent on the chest and zipped vents under the arms. Other impressive detailing includes a zipped rear pocket with a little mesh patch for a card or notes, plus two valuables chest pockets. A versatile, impressive rain jacket for the price.

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 magazine.

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