I tested this Hein Gericke Tuareg Denali jacket (RRP £416.99) over three months covering 2000 miles.
Here's how I got on...
The review — What's good?
This jacket puts me in mind of the sort of Hein Gericke gear loads of us were wearing back in the noughties, when it seemed like there was an HG store on nearly every high street offering decent quality at a fair price.
It’s packed with useful features – firstly there are three separate layers, a thermal one, a waterproof one and the main abrasion resistant outer. That flexibility has proved invaluable in our boiling/cool/boiling/wet summer of 2017. With the thermal layer on a hanger at home, I have left the waterproof layer in and regulated my temperature using the zip-open vents.
These are found along the length of the sleeves and in the front and back of the jacket– the front and rear vents give decent airflow when simply opened or you can undo some Velcro as well to reveal a generous mesh panel. All this air rushing about opens up the risk of the jacket ballooning, but thankfully, there are some sensible adjusters at the arms and body. In terms of protection, there are suede panels plus armour at the shoulder and elbow.
Most of my riding has been in the dry so far, but the jacket has performed well in the occasional shower. You also get reflective panels to help you show up in headlights and there is a decent quota of waterproof pockets. The Velcro adjustment at the cuff allows the jacket to be worn over gloves (which is my preference).
What's not good?
Not too much to complain about. It’s a shame there is no back protector in the pocket as standard – although many prefer to use a separate one anyway. And it’s pricy.