San­tini Skin Wind­breaker £74.99

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Al­though billed as a wind­breaker, the San­tini Skin jacket has enough wa­ter re­sis­tance to cope with show­ery rides, with the front and back pan­els re­pelling wa­ter. These parts do not stretch, so to en­sure a close fit, the Skin has stretchy Ly­cra pan­els down its sides and along the un­der­side of the arms.

It’s a com­pro­mise, since the Ly­cra is not wa­ter­proof and will wet out. In more pro­longed rain you’ll end up get­ting wet, al­though breatha­bil­ity is en­hanced too, so you’re un­likely to end up sweaty. The front and rear pan­els are very wind­proof, so wind­chill is not an is­sue even if your cloth­ing does get damp.

The Skin jacket is long enough that there’s plenty of over­lap with shorts and it has a long tail. The col­lar is high and close enough that wa­ter doesn’t seep down­wards too eas­ily, al­though there’s no built-in stretch. There’s a full zip, so you can in­crease air­flow if you do warm up. The bot­tom seam and the cuffs are edged with re­flec­tive tape.

With ul­tra­light jack­ets, wind­flap can be a prob­lem. The Skin isn’t too prone to this though, as the Ly­cra pan­els keep the fit close, with­out be­ing con­stric­tive.

The red with grey colour­way looks at­trac­tive and San­tini edges the bot­tom seam and the cuffs with re­flec­tive tape, en­hanc­ing low light vis­i­bil­ity. The jacket is also avail­able in yel­low and grey and all-black and in five sizes in the UK, al­though San­tini makes a to­tal of eight sizes from XS to 4XL.

Al­though it doesn’t come with a stuff sack, the San­tini Skin jacket is very com­pact and will eas­ily fit into a pocket when not worn.

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