Helly Hansen Strive Jacket £180

The Strive is Helly Hansen's latest lightweight summer jacket. Its general sports cut means it's fairly snug and it feels good worn over T-shirts (many summer waterproofs feel quite 'sticky' in use).

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The Strive is Helly Hansen's latest lightweight summer jacket. Its general sports cut means it's fairly snug and it feels good worn over T-shirts (many summer waterproofs feel quite 'sticky' in use).

The quality, as with all Helly Hansen stuff, is great - the jacket is remarkably light yet it has withstood torrential rain at the Fort William World Cup earlier this year.

The cuffs are adjustable via velcro straps, and the waist has a rubberised strip to help prevent it riding up your back. There are no armpit vents, but the incredibly breathable material, coupled with a huge back vent, keeps you well aired at all times. The neck is lined with a soft Coolmax style material that resists stubble rash and feels nice and snug. Also, hidden in the neck is a storm hood to keep you dry in downpours.

The only problem with this jacket, as with the last one we tested from Helly Hansen, is that it's so nice you almost have to force yourself to go out and get dirty in it. The understated styling makes the Strive a great post-ride pub option too.

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