Triathlon Plus - - The Big Test -


THE PACKABLE NA­TURE of the Gwalch jacket makes it ver­sa­tile, and eas­ily stashed in a back pocket un­til it’s re­quired. Its seams are in­ter­nally taped to en­sure they’re not a weak link in its ar­moury, and there’s a full-length wa­ter­proof zip at the front. How­ever, its breatha­bil­ity isn’t as good as at least half of the other jack­ets on test. Its sleeves are a lit­tle baggy and flap about in high wind, and al­though there’s a use­fully low sec­tion of the ma­te­rial pro­tect­ing your rump for wa­ter fired off the rear tyre, it’s not ad­e­quately se­cured and rides up your back eas­ily. On the plus side, the col­lar is very soft next to the neck and re­flec­tive de­tails give you a fight­ing chance if you’re rid­ing in poor light. The sin­gle de­cent-sized rear pocket has a wa­ter­proof zip­per, which al­lowed noth­ing through. We’d con­fi­dently leave a mo­bile phone in there.

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