Con­clu­sion

Cycling Weekly - - Grouptest -

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.

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