WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Triathlon Plus - - The Big Test -

Seams

Taped seams are a guar­an­tee of waterproofing at the most vul­ner­a­ble of places on a jacket, such as the shoul­ders. These should keep the rain and road spray at bay.

Ther­mal qual­i­ties

Many are de­signed to be worn as a key el­e­ment in your winter lay­er­ing sys­tem. As such, some fo­cus more on warmth than oth­ers, yet all will as­sist you in stay­ing toasty.

Breatha­bil­ity

All the waterproofing and in­su­la­tion in the world will be no good if you end up feel­ing like boil-in-the-bag rice. Some jack­ets pro­vide breatha­bil­ity by virtue of their fab­rics; oth­ers em­ploy vent­ing.

Zips

As with the jacket’s seams, the bet­ter pro­tected this weak point is from the rain, the more likely it is to pre­vent wa­ter ingress.

Ex­trem­i­ties

De­cent clo­sure at the cuffs and col­lar will keep out draughts and al­low a jacket to work well with winter gloves, while a lower sec­tion of ma­te­rial at the rear hem pro­tects your rear from road spray.

Stor­age

You’ll need an equiv­a­lent amount of stor­age for ride es­sen­tials such as gels and mul­ti­tools as you’d have from a sum­mer jersey. Wa­ter­proof pock­ets for a phone or emer­gency cash are a def­i­nite bonus.

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