Rapha/Condor stow away. Fantastically breathable, super light weight (165g) and cut like a tailor would.
So you can probably guess I like this jacket. Here’s why.
God is in the details and the details really set this jacket off. There’s the asymmetric zip which keeps the zip away from your neck and the single hand draw cord that means tightening on the go is simple.
The shoulders have rubberised strips that keep any backpack you’re wearing where it should be and the sleeves have subtle reflective strips that you’ll be thankful of at 9pm on a dark ride through London, Boston or NYC.
Fabric choice is excellent. Its a fabric with a teflon water repellant coating and does very well in all but the worst rain or humid damp days. I find shower protection always struggles with that fine balance of water repellency and breathability. For non riding situations I use a very well produced Rab EVent jacket which is by far the best foul weather jacket I’ve used and far surpasses Gore based equivalents. For riding though breathability is the key factor in keeping you dry. The Rapha does a good job until you’re caught in driving rain, where it does start the let the outside in. At that point though I find it’s time to park up and grab an Espresso and wait for the rain to pass.
The weight is right down at 165g for a medium and packs small enough to drop into a rear jersey pocket.
It’s brilliant on cold mornings and on showery days it gives you enough protection to keep rolling.
If you’re looking for lightweight rain and cold protection then this could be perfect. Colour options are great, with only the White version looking a little too thin as to revealing the garment you’re wearing underneath.
Oh and they make it for ladies too now!
Available from Condor, and Rapha.cc