Alpinestars Velocity jacket, £379.95
Miles covered/time: 2000 miles of touring and road testing/summer 2010.
What’s good? This old-school-style jacket is actually a fair bit longer than a normal biking jacket, so feels a bit too big at first, until you get used to it.
The extra length is actually good when you’re on a bike as you don’t get a draft up your back when you’re leaning forward, which is a good thing at my age.
There are straps you can thread around your belt to stop the jacket riding up at speed, too. As is normal with Alpinestars jackets, the quality is top-notch and although I haven’t tested its strength in a crash, it looks like it would hold up well.
As far as looks go, I think it’s stylish and there’s a rather natty black and orange version available too.
It has a removable, quilted inner jacket, which is nice and warm for the 11 months of the year when it isn’t summer.
What’s not? Not much, but the cuffs are quite bulky, which makes putting gloves over the top quite fiddly.
Contact: www.alpinestars.com or see MCN BikeShop section for dealers