ASICS SOFT­SHELL

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE - asics.com/gb

This soft­shell jacket from Asics is one of the warmer op­tions on test, with an elas­ti­cated waist­band to re­ally keep the wind chill out. There are two ex­ter­nal zip pock­ets and two handy pock­ets in­side for stor­age, plus a hous­ing over the zip­per to keep the neck­line com­fort­able. So far, so good, but we didn’t re­ally get on with the cuffs, which we felt were too baggy and, as the arms are pretty long for a size medium, we found our­selves rolling the sleeves up mid-run to counter the an­noy­ance. Breatha­bil­ity was ad­e­quate, but not on par with the Saucony or Ash­mei jack­ets here; dur­ing a steady 15km run we got, and re­mained, pretty sweaty. The back is com­pletely black with no re­flec­tives, which doesn’t win any safety points ei­ther for an off-sea­son op­tion. So for us, it’s more of a warm-up only jacket that we wouldn’t use for long train­ing runs or any­thing ap­proach­ing tempo pace, but it’s got plenty of pock­ets and is suf­fi­cient for win­ter runs at a plod­ding pace.

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