Hincapie Tour LTX jacket£109.99

Casual, cycling specific shell

BikeRadar score4/5

This soft-touch shell is deceptively protective and comfortable even in the worst weather. The soft handle and stretch of the Hincapie fabric gives it a casual feel and look despite the dropped tail and two rear pockets. 

However, when it started to wet out within minutes of meeting a serious storm, our casual concerns seemed to be confirmed. An hour later though, with roads flooded from verge to verge and brutal winds flinging us around, we still felt comfortable and surprisingly warm despite the thin back fabric. 

Mesh underarm and back panels make it impressively breathable. As such, it works really well as a protective shell in dry and cold conditions. 

Long wrist and back coverage cut draughts and two rear pockets mean you can wear it over a base layer and it’ll just crush into a pocket size package, which is handy for when you need to pack it away.

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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