Howies Outback jacket£140.00

Eco heroes Howies stay stereotyped with this semi sheep-powered, high performance softshell.

BikeRadar score4/5

Eco heroes Howies stay stereotyped with this semi sheep-powered, high performance softshell.

The wind and shower bleeting (sorry beating) outside is a complete skin of Schoeller 3XDry fabric, while the inside is a merino wool mix. Most water just runs off the outside and we didn't notice any weather seeping through. It wicks extremely well and stays consistently warm but not too hot, despite there being no thin panels on the back.

Prickly initial feel is soon got used to and the Merino element keeps it at body temperature rather than chilly even when you're sodden. It still doesn't stink after weeks of riding either. All round protection, pod pocket, massive map sized pockets and double ended front zip add to all round appeal, which only leaves the cost...

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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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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