PLANET X 365 MAGMA CON­VERT­IBLE Are de­tach­able sleeves a help or hin­drance?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

This two-in-one jacket and jer­sey combo has re­mov­able sleeves that you can un­zip around the shoul­ders to turn it into a warmer, short-sleeved top, rem­i­nis­cent of Castelli’s much-lauded Gabba foul­weather jer­sey for half the price. In com­bi­na­tion with arm warm­ers, it gives you a more breath­able al­ter­na­tive to rid­ing in a long-sleeved jacket. There’s no in­ter­nal ther­mal fleece, which means it’s not the warm­est, but it has a 5k wa­ter­proof rat­ing to give de­cent pro­tec­tion from show­ers. We found it’s true to size, with a medium com­ing up big­ger than the size large Madi­son. The back sec­tion has three open pock­ets and one zipped stash pocket, but we found the tail lengthy, mean­ing we were par­tially sit­ting on it dur­ing our rides. In its jacket for­ma­tion, the zip­pers on the arms can be­gin to undo on out-of-the­sad­dle ef­forts, and we did have to read­just when we got back on a flat sec­tion. The re­mov­able sleeves don’t quite pro­vide the form fit of a fully stitched jacket and, if you take them off mid-ride, they take up space in your back pock­ets with­out room for much else. But it still of­fers value for money if you can only bud­get for one jacket and a three-sea­son jer­sey.

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