Altura Ergofit Race Cape £69.99

Durable, waterproof, packable jacket

BikeRadar score 3/5

The Ergofit’s ripstop fabric is durable, which means this classic race cape will last a lot longer if it’s sharing bags with shoes or back pockets with multi-tools. 

The taped seams mean it shrugs off an impressive amount of water before it finally wets out too, although the thin fabric doesn’t give much thermal protection, so you’ll feel cold even if you’re still dry. 

Unlike a lot of race capes, the breathability is good enough to let you use it as a windproof layer without steaming up too badly, as long as the pace is steady. Its shaped fit prevents billowy bin bag problems and its size when packed is minimal.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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