Showers! Downpours! Windstorms! Cower ye before Ashmei’s latest offering – your days of soaking Britain’s cyclists are over!
Whenever we end up describing Ashmei products in Bikesetc the phrase ‘well thought out’ is one that we probably overuse. So we’re going to go with bien pensé for their new rain jacket, partly because the item is definitely that, and partly because we believe that by splashing a bit of French about the gaff we make ourselves look more intelligent. So what makes Ashmei’s new Waterproof Jacket so good? Well, it’s mainly the tech that’s been pumped into its construction. It’s made from super-thin 7 micron laminate, which keeps the weight of the whole thing down to 250g. It’s also been coated with a durable water repellent treatment. The result is something that is highly breathable (a claimed 45,000gm/m2/24hrs) and yet waterproof. Astonishingly waterproof. Ashmei told us the laminate fabric system will withstand the pressure of 20,000mm of water – double the 10,000mm commonly found among the best waterproofs on the market and more than you’d ever need unless you’re considering using this for a spot of scuba diving. To test this claim, erm, scientifically, we decided the best way to take a shower in the jacket. And the results were genuinely wow-inducing with the water simply bouncing off. The inset shoddy iphone pic (left) will give you an idea of just how waterproof this thing is. The fabric also has plenty of stretch in it, so will give you a fitted look without cutting the circulation off from your bulging biceps. Ashmei’s usual, erm, well-thought-out design licks are much in evidence, too. There are four rear pockets, one of which is zipped and one of which has a magnetised flap; two waterproof/zipped pocket holes for easy access to your jersey; and an integrated reflective down the back in the form of a stylish polka dot stripe. There’s even two wee lazer-cut holes towards the bottom of the stripe to allow moisture to escape. We told you it was flippin’ bien pensé! Available in sizes XS-XXL, and in either red or navy.
ASHMEI WATERPROOF JACKET PRICE: £ 259 CONTACT: asmei.com