The Xenon jacket is tricky to pull on as the sleeves are fully lined, but its warmth makes it ideal for cooler days, early mornings and late nights.
While the Countdown gilet is Gore’s ‘slim ﬁt’, the Xenon II AS is ‘tight ﬁt’. This is a real race cut, with pre-curved arms, a narrow body and a long tail, so it feels great on the drops and doesn’t ﬂap.
It’s fully wind and showerproof (the black panels let water through eventually). The reﬂective details are great, the Velcro cuffs keep the wind out and the waistband has grips to hold the tail down.