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IF YOU’VE NEVER heard of Tu­cano Ur­bano, it’s prob­a­bly be­cause the Mi­lanese com­pany is bet­ter known for strik­ing a pose with its fash­ion­ably Ital­ian range of scooter, ur­ban and com­muter cloth­ing. But for the last year or so the com­pany has also been ex­pand­ing its range into more all-round bik­ing gear — so though it’s not mak­ing full-on ad­ven­ture suits and one-piece leathers just yet, jack­ets like the Gul­liver are a step in the right di­rec­tion for us rus­tic folk.

The Gul­liver is a good-look­ing, well­tai­lored mid-length tour­ing/city jacket and, while it doesn’t claim Gore-tex lev­els of wa­ter­proof­ing or tri-layer lev­els of deep win­ter warmth, with a 100% polyamide Hy­droscud outer layer, D3O shoul­der and el­bow ar­mour, and polyester de­tach­able quilt lin­ing (which re­verses to a light coat) it’s good enough to re­sist early spring show­ers and tem­per­a­tures down to 8°C – I wore it for this month’s retro road­ster test and it kept me comfy against the chilly damp­ness.

Fea­tures in­clude re­flec­tive strips hid­den in­side folds on the cuffs and col­lar; the col­lar also holds a roll-up hood. The liner isn’t zipped-in, just held by a cou­ple of pop­per loops so it flops about a bit but the over­all build qual­ity is high and the jacket has a lovely, ex­pen­sive, tac­tile feel to it; if you asked me, I’d put its price north of £300 so £230 seems pretty rea­son­able for what is a philoso­pher’s stone of bike kit: a three-and-a-bit sea­son bike jacket that dou­bles as a stylish (for a Brit) coat and looks damn fine while it’s do­ing it.

Form and func­tion - pro­tec­tive, stylish and per­forms well. The jacket’s im­pres­sive too...

Liner held in by pop­pers, not zip and makes cool gar­ment on its own

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