Shutt Velo Rapide Gilet

01_Gilet Shutt VR Autumn Clothing

Founded in 2009 during a ride in the Yorkshire Dales by avid cyclists Alex Raistrick and Simon Warren, Shutt Velo Rapide’s mission is simple; to create their own brand of well designed, high quality cycling garments in Sportwool that do not cost a fortune. 

Using traditional cycling jerseys as its inspiration, Shutt Velo Rapide has created a mixture of cycling wear from sporty to casual, feature rich and designed in complimentary colours. Shutt source almost all of their materials from British manufacturers, truly enabling them to create the best in British made cycling clothes. They are extremely proud that each of their garments has been designed and manufactured by hand in the UK.

Gilet – £59

Made in Britain

They Say – ‘Shutt’s Race Lite Gilet features soft touch polymide fabric with breathable laminate to the front and shoulders. The back is ¾ mesh for enhanced sweat control. The fabric is designed and manufactured in the UK to Shutt’s exacting specifications and is windproof, breathable and waterproof. The Race Lite Gilet also features Shutt’s signature rainbow band, additional reflective beading and Lycra trim. Further improvement include hidden rear zips to provide access to jersey pockets all in a smaller pack size. Result! 

N.B. Updated model – New Race Lite Gilet improved soft shell fabric, race fit and tiny pack size in three great colours.’

We Say - ‘The black gilet arrived in funky violet coloured packaging. Initial impressions were that it was classy looking and understated with an unobtrusive little logo on the front and a little multi-coloured logo on the back with two subtle but well placed reflective stripes.

The cut is well vented with a ¾ mesh back panel with the top of the back covered for showers. The collar, zip cover, elastic armholes and gripper hem all seem fine. It had a good length in the body for a windproof although I found it had slightly too much material around the belly area. I also found there was too much material around the backs of the shoulders, which did cause occasional flapping whilst riding. I had an XL size so I may be in between sizes and I believe Shutt have updated the model to a race fit.

The fabric on the front and backs of shoulders feel nice and velvety even though its 100% synthetic. It has two zips on the sides that enable you to access your rear jersey pockets. I thought this was a useful idea as the gilet has no pockets and so no need to unzip the front or hoist the back up to get to your jersey. The side zips could do with being a little longer I thought to minimise getting your hand trapped in an arm lock. I did not miss the lack of front hand pockets on this as it kept the weight and pack size down.

The front zip was annoying as I could not zip up or down with one hand whilst riding as it kept getting snagged in the tongue material. This is quite important as you constantly regulate your body temp by adjusting the front zip. At first I thought it was a cheap zip but stitching the zip too close to the tongue could have caused it.’

In Summary – ‘Good looking enough to wear on or off the bike and a good value quality gilet. Really liked the understated emblazoning, mesh back, low weight, packability and the side access zips. Didn’t like the annoying front zipper and lacks a hanging tab inside the collar. Shame its no longer available in classic black.’

Appearance – 9/10 

Feel and Fit – 8/10

Performance – 7/10  

Overall – 8/10

To find out more about Shutt Velo Rapide and to see their full range of apparel please check their website out

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