Mavic HC H2O winter jacket £215

So light you barely notice it

BikeRadar score 5/5

Made with excellent breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex Paclite, this winter jacket is so light you’d barely notice it apart from the rustling. All seams are taped, and all zips are self sealing.

Smart features include the flapped rear vent which ventilates the mesh back liner and shields the back pocket zip, the secondary front zip which opens a mesh panel to the wind without undoing the jacket, and inner elasticated cuffs.

How we tested the latest jackets

As well as cycling for hours in the coldest, wettest conditions we could find (and sitting on a turbo under a hose), we took all the jackets to the waterproof clothing experts at Foxwear to test the seams and material – specifically the chest area and shoulder seams, which bear the brunt of downpours.

Foxwear’s testing machine isolates a 10cm section of the jacket and subjects it to increasing water pressure. We continued until either the jacket leaked or the pressure reached 0.6 bar which, according to Foxwear, is ‘not far short of a tropical storm’. Foxwear should know: they've been making hi-vis, high performance rain jackets for professionals such as the police for years, and will soon be bringing out a bike jacket.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus

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