Best thing about it: Chuck the waterproof, insulated lining in and it will keep you toasty warm in sideways rain and sleet. I wore it on a ride from Silverstone to Cornwall and the only reason I stopped was for petrol, it’s that warm.
Take out the lining and you’ve got a pretty serious bit of off-road kit thanks to the armour. The jacket has been worn on more than a few ‘spirited dismounts’ off-road in Wales and I am still alive.
The pockets are good too, the one in the back has just enough room to store a pair of jeans in.
Worst thing about it: It’s rather heavy, although this might be my fault as I’ve filled all the pockets with handy things in case the bike brakes down.
Stars (out of five): ****
Still available? Yes. www.hein-gericke.co.uk
Miles covered: 3000
Time owned: Six months