Gore Xenon Race II jacket £200

Pricey performance protection

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

This shell is cut slim so there’s no billowing even on skinny racing snakes, while stretch panels add comfort. Long arms, high collar and extended back keep you well covered, the only downside to the extreme fit being that you won’t get much use off the bike.

No rain permeated the fabric but there was minor leakage via the underarm seams during initial testing and water got in here at low pressures after repeated washing, although other seams stayed watertight.

The fabric is highly breathable but you don’t get vents and, with no liner, it can feel tacky on bare arms. Lightweight, it packs into its own rear pocket for stowage.

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