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Polaris RBS Pack Me Windproof

Lusso Giro Rain jacket £29.99 |

: £21.29

For much of the year you don’t want or need £54.99 | : £39.04 a full scale multi-layer jacket, and for those The Pack Me is a days a jacket like this lightweight Lusso Giro featherweight reserve Rain is ideal. With a deep rear, for splash jacket to keep in protection, and a short fitted neck, the drips your bag or rolled will stay on the outside. Unfussy soft-fit into a jersey pocket elastic cuffs and hem ensure that the jacket on the off-chance stays put, however energetic you get. A of a shower. The fit is zipped rear pocket and reflective detailing on relaxed without being the rear are useful additions. shapeless, making it ideal for throwing on over other kit. One to keep rolled up in It uses Polaris’s ‘Really Bright Stuff’ reflective detailing and some your pannier for fast in-your-face bright colour to make sure traffic and pedestrians see you in good time. There are no vents, so the main zip controls deployment when that shower hits! heat build-up when you’re pedalling for home, and a rear zip lusso.bike pocket means quick access to essentials. polaris-bikewear.co.uk

Dare2b Reverence £120 |

: £85.20

A DWR (durable water repellent) finish and taped seams mean the Reverence offers great protection against the elements on a ride. But it’s also useful when off the bike: the cut apes an outdoor jacket with a slight drop tail and relatively roomy fit, and it has a detachable (and helmet-friendly) hood. Long sleeves with Velcro cuffs and a drawcord hem help seal out wind and rain, and 360-degree reflective detailing gives essential traffic safety. Hand warmer and chest pockets are useful, and the rear LED light window in the rear pocket is a nice touch. dare2b.com

Altura Microlite £44.99 |

: £31.94

Advances in fabric technology make superlight rain jackets such as this Microlite a genuinely worthy response to a shower. The lightweight shell packs down small enough for even the smallest bag – even a jersey pocket if you’re commuting light. It’s semi-form fitting (tech speak for ‘not too flappy’), and the women’s version is neatly tailored through the body. The drop tail and long sleeves work well to keep you covered, with a rear pocket for small items and reflective trim to help night-time visibility. altura.co.uk 36

Cube Tour Wind Jacket £54.99 |

: £39.04

Cube describes its Tour Wind jacket as a ‘light windbreaker’. It’s made from lightweight, wrinkleresistant fabric called Aerolite, which as well as being windproof is water-repellent for keeping you dry in a shower. It dries quickly too, so if you’ve used it on your morning commute it’ll be ready to pack away for the (dry!) ride home. It has a semi-fitted cut, a zipped chest pocket, vented panels under the arms to help regulate temperature, and 360-degree reflective detailing on the cuffs and hem to help you be seen. cube.eu


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