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One jacket: Really does do it all!
on 10 August 2014
The best cycle top you'll ever own, very probably! Bought my first Gore Phantom four years ago, it's still going strong, as new. The only reason I've bought another is that I've lost two stone and the old one now flaps (I'm still keeping it though, my rides take me past many pubs with powerful tractor beams here in lovely Devon so temptation's never far away). Cycling in the UK requires quite a cycling wardrobe to cope with the changeable weather; long/short sleeve jersey, windproof top/gilet, waterproof etc, and knowing which combo to use for any given day can be a pain. This top really does just about does it all! With a single base layer (wicking T shirt or L/S top) I use it year round for commuting, touring and sportives in all weathers (inc over the years gales, heavy rain, snow and ice on Dartmoor) . It's as breathable as a L/S jersey and far more waterproof than it modestly claims to be (I've owned many 'breathable' rain tops over the years; they're ALL sweaty and not much drier!). The zips aren't too fiddly, and with practice detaching and re-attaching the arms can be done within a couple of minutes, I've not been deterred from doing this on occasion on sportives. Only in the warmest spells will you find the short-sleeve option too warm. Quality construction, excellent value; the single most-used, most versatile and most valued item in my cycling wardrobe!