220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE - ash­

Dis­cern­ing run brand Ash­mei, and plenty of oth­ers, in­clud­ing our team here, claim Merino wool is far more breath­able and soft to the touch than your stan­dard polyester, which is why they’ve strived to layer up su­per thin weaves of it in their run cloth­ing (38% on this jacket), pre­sum­ably not an easy or cheap process. Breath­able or not, wool is wool, which means you will feel the ex­tra warmth if tem­per­a­tures ap­proach dou­ble fig­ures. The sleeves have clever built-in mit­tens that are use­ful for the start of your run to warm the hands, and there are zips on ei­ther side of the chest panel you can open up if you want to let some more air in. There’s also a phone-sized pocket with a head­phone slot on the front and ad­di­tional small back pocket, with some re­flec­tive de­tails for vis­i­bil­ity. Yet we found the off­set neck zip­per prob­lem­atic, and it needs to be done right up to stop it flap­ping around the jaw­line.

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