Freestyle Ride 461 review£99.00

It's no surprise that Freestyle makes great gear for UK riding because it's based and designed in England. The Ride 461 uses a Gore Windstopper fabric with a velvety mesh wicking layer laminated onto the inside for decent breathability.

BikeRadar score4/5

It's no surprise that Freestyle makes great gear for UK riding because it's based and designed in England. The Ride 461 uses a Gore Windstopper fabric with a velvety mesh wicking layer laminated onto the inside for decent breathability.

It's medium warm rather than super cosy, but that makes it more versatile in less wintry weather and a waterproof surface treatment goes at least some way to try and keep you dry. The slightly rough fabric is plenty tough in crash/bush whacking terms too, and the tall cord adjustable collar and long body length (again with drawcord) add welcome coverage. Long Lycra cuffs can get soggy, but they keep draughts out without stopping you pulling the sleeves up for cooling down and it stays comfy even if it turns nastier once you're out. General fi t is slightly basic though, relying on slight stretch in the fabric rather than smart shaped panels. Trail practicality is boosted by a zipped left-hand chest pocket and another zipped pocket at the rear right, although neither are big enough for an OS map. The Freedom jacket adds long cooling vents for an extra £20.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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