The Convert serves up a lot of features for its £100 pricetag, including removable sleeves. If you like to go pack-free then the pockets alone make it a must-look. We had a hard time ﬁlling the three huge rear pockets and there’s an extra secure zipped one located in the centre back. Music lovers can port their headphones through the chest pocket too.
The ﬁt is good, slimmed down but not roadie tight and this jacket is long enough even for a tall tester. One glitch was through the front of the shoulder where the joining sleeve zip runs – although the ﬁt elsewhere was otherwise good, once on a bike we could feel the zip, although the same issue didn’t exist when we tried another in the same size.
The construction is well thought through with the front section undoing from back to front – so you can use them as pit zips too. Windproof fabric is very warm and doesn’t let the heat out quite as well as some. It’s the trade-off you get as you move down the price points, but for wearability it makes it better suited to colder weather.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.