ENDURA Pakajak, £39.99, www.endura.co.uk
The Scottish kings of hardy mountain bike attire branched out into top-spec roadie gear last year and now they’ve added this super lightweight all-rounder to their collection, which is equally useful across all cycling disciplines whether on or off-road.
Its main attraction is its portability — it stuffs down into a palm-sized sack and can be left at the bottom of your pack for emergencies. The ripstop fabric is one of the best we’ve seen at this price point; not so bulky that it leaves you with boil-in-a-bag clamminess, but not so featherweight that it won’t see off a light shower or two. The underarm mesh panels help. It doesn’t have taped seams or a DWR finish so it can’t be considered waterproof and isn’t the right choice in all-out hoolies. Weather-beating’s aided by a decent stormflap and fairly snug elasticated hem and cuffs though.Night-riders will appreciate the reflective trim on sleeves, shoulders and rear.
Available in men’s S-XXL in green, yellow, red, white or black; women’s XS-L in sky blue, pink, purple, white or black. JK
PROS price, fit, packability — no excuse not to carry it
CONS not for wearing in real storms