iXS Imperial Elite jacket£159.99

Minimalist, lightweight shell

BikeRadar score3/5

The amount of protection that even minimalist lightweight polyester tops like this offer is impressive, and the Imperial Elite proved itself on the bike and under high-pressure testing. The construction, quality and cut are good too – with adjustable cuffs, a high collar and pre-formed arms for comfort while riding.

It isn’t the most breathable jacket out there, but it does offer a good level of protection from rain and wind, and looks and feels like a high quality product. However we would have liked to see some more reflectives – mainly on the front – especially on a top at this price.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9"
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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