MADISON ROADRACE APEX Can the stylish Apex cut it on the road?
Designed to keep you warm on the ‘harshest of winter days’, this fleece-lined jacket is actually quite lightweight (328g) for a size large. Close attention has been paid to the cut , with the chest panels being slimmer than the upper-back section so it doesn’t bunch up while you’re riding.
There are water-resistant panels on the front, sides and shoulders. which are adequate in light rain, but it’s the windproofing that stands out – nothing gets in at all. Yet it also produced surprisingly little sweat during test rides in temps between 5-10°C. The silicone gripper across the back is strong enough to keep the jacket in place when out of the saddle, and there are three good-sized hand pockets and one waterproof zipped pocket to provide plenty of storage.
The only gripe is the loose-fitting collar, but there’s a good-sized overlay to protect you from catching your neck on the zipper, and the herringbone pattern wins extra style points. It does size up small, as we’re usually a medium but took a large here. Overall, it’s a solid option that’ll be adequate for the majority of winter training rides, and one that isn’t massively expensive compared to other premium softshell bike jackets.