SANTINI BETA WINTER WINDSTOPPER JACKET VEGA 2.0 AQUAZERO BIBTIGHTS
WHAT THEY SAY: On the jacket, the combination of fabrics provide optimal protection from the elements without the need for bulky layers. The bibtights meanwhile have a high stretch water-guard Aquazero treatment with grade 4 water repellence that’ll keep you riding even if the forecast is less than favourable.
WHAT WE SAY: First up a note on the size. We know we always bring this up where Santini products are concerned but we found this combo (the jacket in particular) to really come up on the small size, and we’d highly recommend you try before you buy to get the right fitting. That said, this is a great option, particularly if you’re a super sleek rider who loves a fitted look. Made from insulated Gore Windstopper fabric this is a jacket that will serve you well in low single-digit temperatures as long as you’re wearing a good base layer and putting in a shift. It performs solidly in mid to heavy downpours, too, so will keep out most of what the UK weather will sling at you, not least because of its sealed seams and the generous storm flap behind the zip. Four pockets, including a zippered security one, bring up the rear. Available in sizes S-XXXL and in red, black or yellow. The bibtights, meanwhile, are warm, waterproof and comfortable with the so-called GITEVO Chamois making for a particularly comfortable pad, its gel core protecting our bits and bobs nicely.