The North Face Xenon waterproof jacket review£160.00

Excellent performance at a price

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Already established in the outdoor industry, The North Face will launch a new range of cycle wear in 2011 – and if the Xenon is anything to go by, we can’t wait. Manufactured using Gore-Tex Paclite, it passed our waterproofing tests with flying colours and felt surprisingly breathable.

The women’s top has an excellent female-specific fit, which is close cut and ideal for riding hard. We particularly liked the shaped fleece-lined neck and magnetic storm flap closure. However, our tester commented that, given the option, she would have sited the main pocket somewhere other than on the breast.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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