EL­E­MENT SL PRO

£165

Triathlon Plus - - The Big Test -

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SPE­CIAL­IZED’S SOFT­SHELL OF­FER­ING is a very im­pres­sive per­former. We rode for two hours in rain that var­ied be­tween ‘spit­ting’ and ‘tor­ren­tial’, and all the wa­ter did was bead on the sur­face of the three-layer fab­ric. Re­ally im­pres­sive. Breatha­bil­ity is also up there with the best, which is just as well, con­sid­er­ing the amount of warmth gen­er­ated in­side the SL Pro. There are un­der­arm, zipped vents to help. Al­though the seams aren’t taped, we ex­pe­ri­enced no wa­ter ingress. On the prac­ti­cal front, the two main rear pock­ets are cov­ered in a wipe-clear ma­te­rial that doesn’t get dis­coloured by road spray, and is also ut­terly wa­ter­proof. A sep­a­rate, zipped pocket for valu­ables has a taped zip­per, and the rear hem is low and stays well seated. Our only gripe? The zipped pocket isn’t quite big enough for a mod­ern smart­phone.

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