Assos Sturmprinz jacket review£348.99

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This superbly designed and presented jacket is a true top performer, but vastly expensive.

If the Swiss manufacturers are to be believed, the Sturmprinz started off as a noncommercial, cost-no-object project for their in-house team and textile development lab. 

Cue a glove-like multi-panel fit, using different proprietary fabrics to create a figure-hugging semi-stretch jacket with specific protection and breathability characteristics for each area. 

The result is a close fitting but not constrictive jacket with a soft feel and excellent tail, neck and wrist coverage. While proofing levels vary throughout the jacket, we never felt miserably wet or cold however bad or long the storm we rode through was. 

Breathability is excellent, and while there’s some dampness on your skin if you’re really working hard, it’s never enough to make you chilly on descents.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine, available on Zinio.

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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