Spiuk Elite winter jacket £139.95

Brimming with technical features

BikeRadar score 4/5

This softshell is brimming with technical features and materials. Made with Thetwe’s stretchy Teflon-treated M2V, with Super- Roubaix under the arms, it’s water-resistant, windproof and breathable, as well as light.

On the bike, the jacket is figure-hugging, keeping your body warmth in, helped by the fairly high collar. For more ventilation there are two zipped mesh vents on either side of the chest. Reflectives are excellent – especially the rear pocket surrounds.

How we tested the latest jackets

As well as cycling for hours in the coldest, wettest conditions we could find (and sitting on a turbo under a hose), we took all the jackets to the waterproof clothing experts at Foxwear to test the seams and material – specifically the chest area and shoulder seams, which bear the brunt of downpours.

Foxwear’s testing machine isolates a 10cm section of the jacket and subjects it to increasing water pressure. We continued until either the jacket leaked or the pressure reached 0.6 bar which, according to Foxwear, is ‘not far short of a tropical storm’. Foxwear should know: they've been making hi-vis, high performance rain jackets for professionals such as the police for years, and will soon be bringing out a bike jacket.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus

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