Madi­son Flux Su­per Light Women’s Wa­ter­proof Soft­shell jacket £129.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

The Flux soft­shell is im­pres­sively weath­er­proof con­sid­er­ing its ex­tremely light weight (197g, size 8). It packs down small enough to eas­ily stash in a back­pack, which makes it ideal for pro­tect­ing against un­ex­pected show­ers or if the tem­per­a­ture drops. You may want some­thing a lit­tle heav­ier-duty if you plan on rid­ing in a down­pour all day though. Thanks to the tai­lored fit (you wouldn’t want to squeeze much more than a cou­ple of thin lay­ers un­der­neath) and the but­toned flap to stow away the hood, it doesn’t blow up like a bal­loon on the down­hills. The sleeves are tight over the fore­arms though, and while this doesn’t af­fect com­fort while rid­ing too much, it does make tak­ing it on and off over a chunky watch a bit of a faff. It’s got two spa­cious chest pock­ets, and the dropped rear helps to keep spray off your lower back, though it could be ex­tended a touch lower still. Sarah www.madi­son.co.uk

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