The Santini is the cheapest jacket on test and considering it costs three times less than the most expensive here, we thought it performed very well. The fit was good, the design functional and attractive and the performance impressive. At only 90g you won’t be weighed down either. It doesn’t have its own pockets and there’s no stuffsack included.
The Schoeller fabric that the Sportful is made from also played its part: water beaded off it while it let out condensation efficiently enough. However, it’s a pity the seams aren’t taped since they allowed some water ingress. Breathability was good, as was the fit and it comes with its own stuffsack, integrated into the single rear pocket.
The Endura is a super-technical garment that is a jump up in price from the first two. We tested it in Scotland in foul conditions and stayed warm and dry. It has a small valuables pocket and a zipped vent that doubles as an access point to the jersey pockets underneath and although there’s no packing mechanism a loop of elastic around the neck will hold it in a roll — albeit a fairly fat roll — in a jersey pocket.
The Rapha Brevet didn’t quite hit the mark both in terms of its fit and its performance as well as its function, which we couldn’t quite determine. A bit too bulky to be stuffed into a jersey pocket, it didn’t have its own pocket to be stuffed into, which meant it wasn’t as versatile as the others on test. As for fit, we found it to be too short in the body, lacking the length to cover full jersey pockets. However, as with most Rapha gear, the aesthetics can’t be faulted and what’s more the price has been reduced from £150 to £112.50.
The test winner is the Gore ONE. Gore has thought of everything and packed it all into this admittedly very expensive jacket. Gore is arguably the industry leader in waterproof fabrics and it shows. In addition, the design is every bit as well executed as the material. It doesn’t get a perfect 10 because we would like it to be slightly more visible, with more reflectives if possible, and it only comes in black.