Howies 8 Miler review£90.00

The 8 Miler won our jackets test in 2005, and while the 07 samples weren't ready for this test, it's still a great combo of casual style and trail performance.

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The 8 Miler won our jackets test in 2005, and while the 07 samples weren't ready for this test, it's still a great combo of casual style and trail performance.

The soft, quiet Schoeller 3X Dry fabric shrugs off rain, stains and crashes, yet breathes well on steady rides. A mesh liner and fleece collar stop it feeling clammy, while extra cooling's available from chest pockets that double as vents, a main zip that opens top and bottom and a yoke vent (if not wearing a bag).

The cut is slim with subtle detailing, and the close-fit long sleeves and tall neck work well (though the tail's a bit short). It's pretty light (366g) and packable. The Extra Miler (£110) with zip-off sleeves will be out for winter.

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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