POC AVIP rain jacket
So bright that it hurts, but the AVIP was designed for visibility, and visible it very much is – if you never ride on the road and prefer a stealthier look, it is available in black with strategically placed reflective detailing.
The colour does suggest more of a road jacket, as does the cut, which is on the slim side. The design has an articulated cut rather than a more relaxed fit to give freedom of movement.
The arms are noticeably forward cut, which looks weird off the bike, but when you’re riding feels just right, with good length sleeves and a perfect bend at the elbow with no excess to get in the way.
The slim fit and very dropped back give the AVIP an XC / gravel/ road styling, and I’ve worn it for all three and like it as much for each.
Thankfully, I haven’t made use of the tear-resistant Vectran fabric on the lower arms for crash protection, but it adds to what is a durable feel.
The jacket’s waterproof three-later material is smooth to the touch and it not only goes on easily over layers but is comfortable enough to wear on bare skin when pulled over a short-sleeve jersey.
I tested the AVIP through what was a long, mild and wet autumn and it kept me dry but, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s been warm to wear. It’s not warm to the point of overheating, though, which bodes well for the colder months.
On that note, although the fit is closer than most, there is still room for an extra mid-layer.
If you’re wedded to a hood for wet-weather riding the AVIP is not going to be the jacket for you because it doesn’t have one. To be honest, I didn’t miss it on the two to three hour mixed rides I’ve worn the AVIP, but if I was heading out on exposed terrain for an extended ride I’d want something more protective with a hood.
However, I liked this jacket a lot. The minimal but serious styling together with its comfort and high level of visibility make it a real contender.