Race Face Hoodlum review£75.00

Security guards in shopping centres watch out, as this Race Face hoody is an absolute ASBO dream. In fact, it's so fashionable that we were reluctant to go out and get it filthy, but that would be a waste of decent wild weather performance.

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Security guards in shopping centres watch out, as this Race Face hoody is an absolute ASBO dream. In fact, it's so fashionable that we were reluctant to go out and get it filthy, but that would be a waste of decent wild weather performance.

The three layer 'Windchill' fabric is very similar to that of the Endura Fusion, shrugging off wind and rain well and staying comfortable even when sodden. The simple, single thickness design reduces bulk and weight to reasonable levels as well. There's a storm flap to stop zip draughts though, and the tall collar gives plenty of protection - even without the hood up. A drawcorded hem stops breezes up your back, but the elasticated sleeves are almost too tight to pull up without cutting off your circulation and getting arm pump. Otherwise it's a relatively baggy straight cut jacket that doesn't stress the slightly stretchy fabric at all. Neat Race Face reflective logos add safety without cramping style and you get handwarmer pockets for that essential street slouch - though they're not much cop on the bike. Also available without the hood as the Quantum jacket for the same price, or in a baby blue women's version, netting Race Face the only equal rights windproof award.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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