Specialized Deflect Hybrid jacket£90.00

Jacket that’s armless most of the time

BikeRadar score3/5

Specialized’s converti-coat is a lightweight, packable option with some nice features to keep it versatile. Lightweight, slightly stretchy Deflect material and a loose cut keep it mobile. A tall collar, silicone hem and decent length sleeves provide decent coverage, and it shrugs off wind and light showers fine.

There’s a zipped back and chest pocket to keep stuff safe, the front zip opens both ways, and the sleeves and shoulder yoke zip and pop off easily to rip it into a vest. It’s sweaty though, particularly under a hydration pack, so the sleeves tend to come off quickly. 

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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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