MADI­SON ROADRACE APEX Can the stylish Apex cut it on the road?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

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.

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