The Due's deep-pile fleecy interior feels like the cycling softshell equivalent of a five-star hotel dressing gown. The main fabric is Gore-Tex Windstopper, and is warm, breathable and rain-resistant.
Thinner, more stretchy Thermolite fabric makes up the stretch panels on the underarms and sides. The Due is lovely to wear on a frosty day, but unfortunately the shoulder seams weren’t up to our waterproof test, with water coming through almost instantly.
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