DHB Windslam windproof jacket £70

Understated softshell top

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

Among Wiggle’s extensively redesigned DHB range is the Windslam softshell, with fabric like Gore’s Windstopper – a close-woven, stretchy, fleece-backed material that’s warm and keeps the breeze out with a laminated polyurethane layer inside.

There’s a surface coating that makes rain bead and roll off up to a point – it’s fine in showers and, because the wind’s not reaching you, you’ll stay warm. But not too warm – the fabric is impressively breathable.

Further draft-proofing is provided by the high collar (complete with zip guard), waist drawstrings and Velcro wrist closures. Reflective piping down the back and sleeves plus a strip across the rear pocket aids visibility.

There are additional pockets with zips at the sides – the actual pockets face backwards, which stops the contents sagging in front but requires a knack to use. Employing the opposite hand helps. Fit is good, although the Windslam could benefit from slightly longer sleeves.

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