Rev It Defender GTX Gore-Tex jacket, £499.99 (£229.99 on MCN shop)
Miles covered/time: Three months/5000 miles
What's good: It’s practical, protective, waterproof and supremely well made. As well as body armour in the usual places, there’s extra tough fabric over the elbows where abrasions are most likely.
It’s got a decent removable thermal lining, lots of waterproof outside pockets (including a big one at the back), air vents if you need them, and unlike some jackets it doesn’t weigh more than a sack of potatoes. The best thing about the Rev It Defender jacket though is the attention to detail. The Gore-Tex lining has elasticated cuffs to stop water getting up your sleeves.
Everything seems thought about. It’s supposed to be an adventure and touring jacket but I’m loving it for everyday commuting. It’s my current favourite piece of kit. Matching Defender GTX Gore-Tex trousers are available for £369.99.
What’s not: It’s a bit technical. The waterproof lining is removable, which seems unnecessary in Britain. It means there are three separate layers to do up every time you put it on.
The light colours show the dirt and I’m not sure it will be warm enough for winter. For £500, I want interwoven diamonds and an en suite bathroom.