Specialized Eureka Element winter jersey review£80.00

Conventional long-sleeve top

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Eureka looks seriously high-tech and it’s loaded with clever design touches, but unfortunately the basic fabric layout lets it down.

The snug performance fit from the multi-panel cut will be popular with racers, while the long tail, tall collar and stretchy fabric mean there are no gaps or draughts to impinge on your riding comfort.

The triangular darted sleeve ends with zips give either a snug glove fit or act as handy vents, the reflective dots are surprisingly conspicuous at night and there’s adequate cargo capacity for short, fast rides.

The chunky zip pullers work well with winter gloves and the full-length zip provides frontal opening options. The stretchy ‘Therminal’ side pieces and cosy (but not weatherproof) Fieldsensor fabric wick sweat well from the back.

However, the Softshell weatherproofing on the front leaves your upper arms and belly feeling exposed and cold in exactly the wet or windy weather it’s meant to be protecting you from.

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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