Madison’s Peloton is a midweight 2.5-layer jacket with a waterproof rating of 10,000mm and taped seams all around that’s designed to be a do-it-all jacket.
It did a decent job of keeping the rain out, even on longer rides, but I found it did become a little sweaty when working hard or when temperatures were mild. A mesh vent across the shoulder blades goes a little way to compensate for the lack of breathability.
Fit is true to size, with a typical high-cut front and longer rear, although the drop-tail isn’t as long as some. Madison has designed it with a casual rather than race cut to allow for layering, especially on cold days, which makes the Peloton more versatile for different body shapes and year-round use.
Slimmer riders might find it a little too baggy, depending on their tastes. I found there was some flap but it’s not overly noisy, although it did bunch up at times, which could cause potential water pooling. Coverage is adequate and the elastic hem keeps the jacket in place.
Arm length is bang on – the sleeves are articulated and have extended cuffs. Just the underneath half of the cuffs is elasticated, which allows thin gloves to sit beneath or bulkier winter gloves to fit over them. The collar is tall and snug, and keeps the elements out, while the inclusion of a zip garage means there are no irritation issues.
Features are kept to a minimum, which keeps the cost down and makes it easier to pack – it will fit into a jersey pocket if rolled up tightly – but I did miss a pocket for essentials. You’ll need to rely on your jersey for storage.
The reverse-style front zip with inner flap keeps water out, while a small plastic sleeve on the zip-tag makes life easier for on-the-fly adjustments and ventilation.
Both the orange and fluro yellow versions will help to keep you seen but the addition of ample reflective detailing works well, even on the black version.
The fabric feels hard wearing, which bodes well for durability, and it should fit a range of body types and sizes. This all makes it a solid performer, whether stuffed in a pocket for a long day out or used on wet commutes. Throw in its price of under £90 and you have a good-value all-rounder.