Ground Effect Baked Alaska jacket review$110.00

Very effective in its simplicity

BikeRadar score3/5

Without wishing to overwork the metaphor of the pudding with the same name, there’s definitely more to this top than you’ll get from a first impression. The well thought out mix of fabrics really delivers on the cosy factor.

The front panel is made of a material called Windfoil – it keeps just enough of the chill off on long descents without being too boardy or hefty in feel, plus has a brushed fleece back, so it’s soft next to skin. The back and sides are made from Heatwave merino, and being wool fans we liked how this worked. It’s a double layer – merino on the inside with all the comfort associated with that, but polyester on the outside so that it dries faster.

There are two capacious rear zipped pockets – one containing an emergency puncture patch stitched in. It’s a nice touch but we'd have preferred a zip guard to increase wind resistance on the front as an extra. It could lose the basic elastic thumb loops too – they don’t add anything to a jersey that's otherwise very effective in its simplicity.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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