Specialized Windjacket review£49.99

Specialized's Windjacket is the lightest mac here by a long way, but it still offers useful protection. The styling is simple but the stretch fabric leaves plenty of room to move

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Specialized's Windjacket is the lightest mac here by a long way, but it still offers useful protection. The styling is simple but the stretch fabric leaves plenty of room to move and there's enough stretch in the elasticated wrists so you can drag them up to your elbows for cooling.

Getting too warm in this jacket isn't much of a problem (not at this time of year anyway) because, although it certainly lessens windchill, it doesn't stop it completely and it can get shivery on long descents. Even after a few washes, light rain/drizzle/ fog rolls off without penetrating but it's still porous enough not to get excessively clammy on the climbs.

The lack of pockets or other features makes for a tiny 'can of coke' pack size and a forget-you've-got-it weight.

The pricing is also reasonable if you're just after a thin weatherproof skin over your thermal layers.

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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