MEN’S VER­DICT

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

Of the men’s op­tions, all but one of the

jack­ets fit into a jersey pocket, but we found big dif­fer­ences in lev­els of rain pro­tec­tion be­tween them. At £90 and leav­ing us soaked through in mid­dling lev­els of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, we wouldn’t rec­om­mend Pearl Izumi’s Bar­rier Lite for more than a back-up emer­gency layer.

The of­fer­ing from Planet X is im­pres­sive,

and con­sid­er­ing you can of­ten pick one up for £39.99 via the Planet X web­site, this is the one we’d go for on a bud­get. Rapha’s Brevet was eas­ily the heav­i­est on test at 240g, but it’s a good choice if you can af­ford to have more than one rain jacket in your kit col­lec­tion.

Our out-and-out win­ner with­out a doubt

is Castelli’s Idro. Yes it’s a huge spend, but to have this much rain pro­tec­tion in such a small space marks the next step in pack­able wa­ter­proof­ing, of which the rest of the con­tenders here don’t come close to match­ing. It de­flects wa­ter, is suit­able for a wide range of temps and of­fers a close fit, with ro­bust zips. We’re hop­ing they’ll do a non-black ver­sion soon, for vis­i­bil­ity.

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