The North Face Prophesy Paclite Jacket£150.00

This outdoor jacket (not riding specific but great for riding) is made from Paclite, Gore-Tex's lightest waterproof fabric, with impressive breathability characteristics.Wide-mouth, velcro-closure sleeves provide good ventilation for your arms.

BikeRadar score4/5

This outdoor jacket (not riding specific but great for riding) is made from Paclite, Gore-Tex's lightest waterproof fabric, with impressive breathability characteristics.

Wide-mouth, velcro-closure sleeves provide good ventilation for your arms and this partially offsets the lack of vents elsewhere. The sleeves are also long and, together with the wire-peaked stow away hood, this means good top half protection, although the boxy overall cut leaves your arse exposed on the bike, even if you tighten the hem. The jacket looks fine on the streets though, and there's loads of arm mobility for outdoor sports.

The big chest pockets swallow an OS map with ease, there's a storm-flapped iPod/phone pocket on the left sleeve and the detailing includes a fleecy beard guard. There are no reflective bits though, which is either a stealth plus or safety minus. It's as 'Pac-able' and 'Lite' (394g) as you'd hope too, although the price is on the heavy side.

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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