Fox Stormshield 07 review£125.00

The Stormshield fabric is waterproof enough to shrug off all but monsoon conditions while steam build-up is reduced by big inner arm/underarm/ side zips for airflow on the climbs.

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The Stormshield fabric is waterproof enough to shrug off all but monsoon conditions while steam build-up is reduced by big inner arm/underarm/ side zips for airflow on the climbs. Neat captured draw cords and Velcro cuff tabs let you seal all exits. The shaped hood will slide under a helmet but even when cinched it's bulky behind your neck.

Glued-on reinforced contrast patches at the shoulders and elbows add useful wear and tear/wipe-out protection and you get weatherproof zips throughout. Big hand pockets and an iPod chest pocket with inner routing for a headphone lead give the Stormshield serious street appeal too. On the downside, it's not that light at 418g and the pack size is rather large.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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