Assos iJ.BonKa.6 Cento jacket review£350.00

Premium outerwear for svelte riders

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Unusually, Assos's iJ.BonKa.6 jacket – along with other garments from the Swiss maker – comes in two fit options, the more generous Mille, and Cento for the very athletic. We must stress very, as the Cento is tailored specifically for a cycling position with almost no wriggle room.

Get it right though, and you’ll appreciate the detailed construction, with five different lining fabrics, all varying densities depending on position.

Except for the thermal fabric back panel, the lining is covered by an Assos’s independent Stratagonultra Airblock shell layer, which is stretchy and hardwearing. It’s no more water resistant, but insulates exceptionally well, and the snug collar can be supplemented by a thermal collar that tucks under a loop when not wanted, and stretches to cover the nose if needed.

Gear stowage is amply catered for by three deep drop pockets and zipped media pockets on each side too. It’s eye-wateringly expensive, but offers outstanding winter protection.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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