The Finchdean actually cooled our skin temperature as we racked up time in the environment chamber – and that’s a deﬁnite advantage on a sizzling ride.
The Meryl fabric doesn’t get heavy but it does tend to stick to damp skin a bit when working up a sweat; nothing major though and it dries fast.
The underarm mesh panels add extra ventilation and a zip that undoes all the way down to your belly button is a godsend on long climbs.
The cut is traditional roadie/cross-country style but with a low collar – handy in the height of summer. The stretchy material gives a ﬂap-free ﬁt without any tightness while an elastic gripper draws the waist in and stops it riding up.
There are three pockets in the lower back with the added bonus of zipped compartments inside two of them that are perfect for keeping your valuables safe, along with internal guides for plumbing in an earphone lead.