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Ten top textile jackets
Held Imola 2 £479.99
The priciest jacket here thankfully has the spec to please those who have enough in the bank to splash out. The 500-denier Cordura outer is backed with a genuine Gore-tex waterproof and breathable membrane, which remains a cut above generic membranes. It has four vents to allow air flow, a removable thermal liner and a 3D lining to help air circulate next to the rider’s body. Magnetic collar closures finish off the classy feel.
Sizes 38in-50in Colours Black/yellow, black/blue/white, black/red/white, black/ white Armour Shoulder, elbow. Optional back protector Pockets Two external, seven internal Connecting zip Long
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Connecting zip Attaching jacket to trousers means reduced draughts and better protection in a spill. Reflective strips When car headlight beams strike this stuff, it shines brightly. Very handy to have – especially in bad riding conditions. Vents Textile gear can get sticky in summer. Air vents let in cooling air and make a jacket more suited to year-round use. Not all jackets come with them. Pockets Never trust an external pocket to keep important gear dry in bad weather. An internal pocket is the best place for stuff such as phones and wallets.