Updated: Mavic Hydro jacket review£189.99

Ideal training top

BikeRadar score4/5

Mavic’s waterproof softshell is a top-end, fully protective waterproof performer. While most softshell jackets are weather- rather than waterproof, the externally sealed-seam Hydro is as impermeable as its name suggests.

Despite that, it’s still impressively breathable: the close fit helps wicking and creates a quicker-drying feel than traditional hardshell waterproofs when you’re working hard. Combined with its light weight, this makes it ideal for early season training.

The multi-panel cut is definitely on the slim side but gives great mobility – particularly the pre-shaped arms and extended, curved cuffs, which give a fantastic draught-free fit when used with gloves.

The zipped forearm vents work better than you’d expect, and the diagonal zip also stops any choking sensation from the tall collar – although using it takes some practice.

The big rear zipped pocket with three internal sub-pockets is awkward to use on the bike, but there’s a chest pocket for a phone/iPod or the like.

The Hydro’s price is comparable with several premium competitors, although it’s high compared with our best-value choices. Be warned that the fit is not forgiving of larger torsos.

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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