Pick of the kit

Giordana Monsoon Lyte jacket, £229.99, bikelounge­


So they may have spelled ‘light’ like an early 2000s start-up tech company, and it might not have been a monsoon in these pictures, but I’ve come to love what Giordana’s designers created in the Monsoon Lyte.

It is truly waterproof and has a usefully weatherpro­of cut, with a high collar and fitted cuffs, plus a pleasingly chunky zipper. Beyond keeping me dry it also does a fine turn of keeping me warm thanks to the event material, which is substantia­l but also breathable enough to not feel stifling. I do wish it had rear pockets though.

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