Royal Racing Explorer Jacket review£129.99

Royal Racing's Explorer Jacket is a sorted weather-beating newbie from Steve Peat's own clothing brand

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Royal Racing's Explorer Jacket is a sorted weather-beating newbie from Steve Peat's own clothing brand. It's not the fastest breathing mac around, but big pit vents and wide mouth sleeves help keep you cool before condensation gets too clammy. 

It only leaks under the worst downpours though, and big wrist tabs and a cord lock collar and hem keep it well sealed. There's no fleecy collar cosiness but all zips are tabbed for gloved pulling and shoulders are reinforced for crash survival. 

Its utility is improved by an internally ported Pod pocket on the chest, twin hand pockets on the front and internal map pockets. Overall styling is totally streetproof and it's sized to work over big bellies, biceps or armour without affecting mobility.

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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