Ground Effect Baked Alaska jacket review
Without wishing to overwork the metaphor of the pudding with the same name, there’s deﬁnitely more to this top than you’ll get from a ﬁrst impression. The well thought out mix of fabrics really delivers on the cosy factor.
The front panel is made of a material called Windfoil – it keeps just enough of the chill off on long descents without being too boardy or hefty in feel, plus has a brushed ﬂeece back, so it’s soft next to skin. The back and sides are made from Heatwave merino, and being wool fans we liked how this worked. It’s a double layer – merino on the inside with all the comfort associated with that, but polyester on the outside so that it dries faster.
There are two capacious rear zipped pockets – one containing an emergency puncture patch stitched in. It’s a nice touch but we’d have preferred a zip guard to increase wind resistance on the front as an extra. It could lose the basic elastic thumb loops too – they don’t add anything to a jersey that’s otherwise very effective in its simplicity.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.