They Say – â€˜Hardwearing. Through the brush and the undergrowth. You can rely on this jacket. The reinforced elbows and shoulders make this jacket particularly durable.WINDSTOPPERÂ® ACTIVE SHELL For highly active people; The lightest, most packable products offering total windproofness, maximum breathability and water resistance. WINDSTOPPERÂ® Active Shells keep you comfortable for enhanced performance during highly aerobic activities. Abrasion-resistant fabric on shoulder and sleeves. Napoleon pocket with zip. Front zip with semi-lock slider. Zip-underflap and zip-port. Adjustable cuff. Zipped underarm vents. Abrasion resistant elastic binding on hem. Reflective piping on back and sleeves. Reflective logo on front. Reflective logo on sleeve.’
We Say – â€˜A well designed, cut and tailored jacket in a wind stopping fabric. It felt very comfortable with the innovative stretchy fabric back. It also had good arm length with quality fabric cuffs and Velcro cuff adjusters to help keep the wind out. Nice and chunky YKK zip and reflective shoulder and lower back piping. Styling has attractive carbon fibre style, go-faster reinforcement tapes. The zipped chest pocket is big enough to take a large smart phone, which has a hole to run your earphones through. Two underarm double zipped mesh vents allows for variable cooling adjustment. This works well, being able to move zips whilst on the go.
On the first test ride I wore the jacket for the entire ride, as the weather was just cold enough with a bit of a breeze. It has a great look and fit with the collar, shoulder, arm and body length all perfect for me in the XL size. The jacket did a great job of keeping the wind out whilst allowing moisture vapour to escape. The inside of the jacket was pretty dry after taking it off at the end of a thirty-mile ride. I did not feel any over build up of heating and perspiration. The jacket is made up of three layers. An inner layer the windstopper membrane and a snow and water-resistant outer. The chest pocket is very handy and well positioned. I was often using GPS tracking on my smart phone and needed to regularly access it.
It has no side hand pockets but I did not miss having them at all. If you wear a cycling jersey underneath, you have three big back pockets for storage but to access these it means either unzipping the jacket or lifting the back of jacket up which is awkward as the cut is slim fit. You may miss the additional pockets if not wearing a jersey.’
In Summary – ‘A great lightweight windproof with no real issues except perhaps some access zips either side to jersey pockets. I would suggest another front pocket on the other side. The lack of pockets suggests its aimed more for the serious than leisure rider.’
Appearance – 8/10
Feel and Fit – 10/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall – 9/10