Le Col Arcus winter gilet review£129.99

Wind-busting winter vest

BikeRadar score4/5

Le Col have brightened things up this winter with their Arcus range. The predominantly white clothing is a departure from the dark colours of recent years, but still retains the sleek, minimalist look they’re renowned for. The winter gilet is essentially a carbon copy of their winter jacket – minus the arms – with a wind stopping, water resistant fabric across the chest. It's quite thick, which means it can’t be scrunched into as small a ball as some vests, but it'll still fit into a jersey pocket.

Wear it on a mild autumn or spring day and you're likely to overheat but it comes into its own on dry, cold or windy days. The thick fabric across the chest and shoulders provides a solid shield against gusts, while the material is thinner on the back for improved breathability. Features include a zipped waterproof pocket and plenty of hi-vis details. Our only quibble is the price, which seems a touch on the high side.

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