DARE 2 B Amplitude jacket, £65, www.dare2b.com

Dare 2 B specialises in ski-wear but they have a sideline in light waterproof clothing. The lightweight Amplitude comes in retro-lime green and has fully taped seams and a rollaway hood. It is made 

from a waterproof/breathable fabric Dare 2 B calls Ared VO2 10000, and which features on some of its mid-range ski-wear. There are no pit-zips and no waterproof sealing on the front zip but it packs into a small package and will protect you from even heavy rain (we tested it in a shower). Its breathability is acceptable if not close to Gore-Tex standards. While the design is not cycling-specific it has reflective piping and a slightly longer back; no rear pockets, but two hand pockets. Colours: green.

PROS good for emergencies
CONS too lightweight for heavy daily use