PEARL IZUMI Select Barrier WxB jacket, £130,

The sportiest jacket on test offers a ‘tailored’ cut, but one that didn’t feel too snug — arms are the perfect length with nifty asymmetrical cuffs. In black it’s smart enough to wear casually as well as on the bike. The fast-drying Select Barrier WxB fabric has a thermal layering and proved warm in January’s snow. It's also very breathable and waterproof, with a stretchiness that adds to on-bike comfort. 

It comes with fully taped seams, one-hand drawcord at waist and detachable hood. Good storage with two hand pockets and one back pocket and ample reflective elements for visibility. Colours: black, red, screaming yellow.

PROS cut, tailoring
CONS price over similar alternatives