Q36.5 Termica Jacket review

High-performance, quirky-looking winter protection

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£280.00 RRP

Our review

High performance winter jacket with some quirks
Buy if, You want something different for riding hard in cold conditions
Pros: Warm, breathable, great collar, race cut, very Italian styling
Cons: Unrefined cuffs and seams, price, very Italian styling
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Q36.5 is a new high-end Italian brand and the Termica is the flagship winter jacket – don’t worry, it also comes in black or orange as well as this sci-fi silver. Even in black, the styling is nonetheless very Italian. The back of the collar and the lining of the rear pockets is camouflage fabric and there’s some bright green piping… even on the orange version.

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The Termica is pitched as a winter jacket for more intense riding, rather than what Q36.5 refer to as traditional, steady base miles. To that end, it has large breathable panels on the sides, back and under the arms. 

There's a useful pocket on the upper left arm which can store a few energy gels
There’s a useful pocket on the upper left arm which can store a few energy gels
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The rest of it is windproof, thermal and water-repellent thanks to a Durable Water-Repellent coating. There are three rear pockets plus a zipped one for keys and another one on the upper left arm which is odd but easy to access, and can hold several gels.

It’s a substantial piece; I’d call it a light-heavyweight at 465g (size M). A Castelli Gabba is much less bulky and 355g because it isn’t thermal; the heaviest jacket in our wardrobe is a 2012 Castelli Mannaggia Due at 565g, which feels much thicker.

The Termica is really warm and windproof
The Termica is really warm and windproof
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The Termica is really warm and windproof, and it delivers exactly as promised when riding hard, which we tested by doing an interval session on the evening commute at 0ºC. That can be a recipe for over-heating during the effort and then chilling during the recovery phase but the Termica manages to be warm enough straight out the door and then really breathable when you’re on the rivet. It’s versatile, too, easily good down to -4ºC or so and up to around 12ºC with base layers chosen accordingly.

The double-collar is genius. The inner one is soft, warm and hugs your neck to block drafts. The long and pre-curved sleeves are also effective, so it’s a shame that their internal seams feel really bulky and that the cuffs are so basic, making it hard to create a neat and secure integration with your gloves. 

You don't have to pull silly poses in this jacket, but it's fun to do so
You don’t have to pull silly poses in this jacket, but it’s fun to do so
Oli Woodman / Immediate Media

What’s more, the breathable panel at the back over the sleeve comes up and across the end of the forearm – it isn’t DWR treated so rain quickly penetrates and soaks your base layer, which dutifully wicks it everywhere else, soaking you and rendering redundant the effective water resistance elsewhere.

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I like the Termica a lot but going back to my favourite jacket, the Sportful Fiandre No Rain (£175), highlights its idiosyncracies. The Fiandre is almost as breathable, better in the rain and gets right such important details as the cuffs and seams. It’s £100 cheaper, too, and remains my first recommendation. The Q36.5 Termica certainly has a place, though, and it will be interesting to see more product from this free-thinking brand in the future.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Termica Jacket
Brand Q36.5

Clothing Material Elastane Polyamide Polyester Polyurethane
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XS
Available Colours Black/Green Ocean Silver
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens
Weight (g) 465
Colour Silver
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes
Fastening Type Full-Zip
Water-Resistant Yes
Layer Thickness Medium Weight
Anatomically Cut Yes
Thermal Insulation Yes
Breathable Yes
Elasticated Cuffs Yes