Mission Workshop The Interval : Vest review

High cost, light weight, wind-resistant and packable shell that's perfect for mountain bike and road rides

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £115.00 RRP | USD $135.00 | EUR €135.00 | AUD $220.00
Mission Workshop The Interval : Vest review

Our review

Now one of my go-to bits of road and mountain bike gear to help keep the chill off my core in the spring and autumn
Pros: Lightweight and very packable; stylish design and slim cut with water and wind resistance
Cons: Expensive
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The Interval : Vest proves to conform to the Mission Workshop product rules: it’s expensive, looks stunning on and off the bike, feels like a high-quality garment and is USA-made. You also get a lifelong guarantee.

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Mission Workshop The Interval : Vest details and specifications

Designed as a lightweight shell to be worn over the top of jerseys, base- or mid-layers depending on the weather, The Interval’s main fabric is an ultralight nylon that helps to block wind and has a water-repellent coating, while still offering high levels of stretch.

Mission Workshop The Interval vest
The rear zipped pocket is big enough for a smartphone.
Steve Behr

A size medium weighs 70g and can comfortably pack down to a 10cm x 12cm square that’s just 2cm thick.

It has a full-length zip and a soft fleecy material around the full diameter of the collar and there’s a zipped pocket on the rear right-hand side that’s big enough for a modern smartphone.

It has a fairly fitted cut and tapers in beneath the arms down to the waist.

Mission Workshop The Interval : Vest performance

The Interval's stretchy material doesn't restrict movement on the bike
The Interval’s stretchy material doesn’t restrict movement on the bike.
Steve Behr

The Interval’s beauty lies firmly in its feather-weight construction and simplicity, lending itself well to intermediate and changeable weather conditions on longer rides where weight and versatility are crucial.

After a long climb and before a descent where sweat has started to saturate your baselayers, simply throw on The Interval to get some all-important protection from wind chill through damp clothing. While it’s not going to stop wind as well as Gore’s Windstopper material, it is considerably lighter and more packable.

Likewise, if the weather conditions are changeable and you’re riding in showers The Interval brushes off light rain thanks to its water-repellent coating. Don’t expect it to endure a full-on dousing – the nylon material does have its limits — because water will seep through.

Once you’re done wearing the gilet, simply fold it up and pop it in your pocket where it’ll be ready for the next change in weather or descent.

The relatively tight cut is perfect for mountain biking and road riding, and thanks to the gilet’s light stretch, it’ll happily fit over baselayers and either a road or mountain bike jersey.

Mission Workshop The Interval vest
The slightly dropped tail helps to keep mud from going down your shorts.
Steve Behr

Along with its light weight, The Interval’s versatility is where it really impressed me and it has turned into one of my go-to garments whether I’m riding tarmac or mud, or anything in-between.

The comfort offered from its lightweight and stretchy fabric means that it’s a true fit-and-forget garment and I’ve never found myself getting irritated or frustrated with how it fits.

It’s repelled smells from sweat well, unlike other nylon-based materials, and it hasn’t suffered from bobbling or damage after being consistently worn with backpacks.

Cleaning it with washing powder rather than liquid soap has caused the water-repellent coating to become less effective, but a gentle tumble dry on a very low heat should restore its properties.

Mission Workshop The Interval : Vest bottom line

Mission Workshop The Interval : Vest
Whether you’re road riding or mountain biking, The Interval : Vest is a top performer.
Steve Behr

As one of the more expensive bits of clothing in my cycling arsenal, it’s a good job The Interval : Vest is a true performer in a real host of conditions.

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In fact, it impressed me so much with how versatile it can be thanks to its low weight and the protection it offers from water and wind that it’s turned into one of the items I always pack in my riding bag or wear from the get-go.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $220.00EUR €135.00GBP £115.00USD $135.00
Weight 70g (Medium) – Size medium
What we tested Mission Workshop The Interval : Vest
Year 2020
Brand Mission workshop

Features

Features Fabric: 89% Nylon 11% Spandex Fabric Weight: 60 g/m2 Anti-odor Anti-static Wind Repellent Water Repellent
Key features Water resistant, windproof and zip closure
Gender Men's and women's