Howies Woosh Jacket £95

Light, effective but pricey weather protection

BikeRadar score 3/5

The Howies Woosh is staggeringly light at just 130g, and keeps off the rain and wind well, but this shell is just too expensive.

This impossibly light (130g) outer layer is constructed from a pertex fabric. It shrugs off wind and showers well and stuff into its own chest pocket so it's easy to carry around for when you need it. It'll even cram into a back pocket.

 But it’s far too expensive. Come on, £95 for what’s effectively a posh pac-a-mac? The Montane Gilet costs £35, so those are some expensive arms; for £4 more you can have a Pace 3x3 jacket made from Vaude’s peerless eVent fabric.

The Woosh's cut is similar to the excellent Howies Slate River jacket so is great for riding, and it has a dropped back, adjustable hood and waist, a full length zip, elasticated cuffs and a reflective strip on the chest.

This is a decent shell, but poor value. An eVent jacket like the 3x3 may be heavier at 320g, but you get so much more for your money that it's worth the extra weight.

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