Product Review: Spada RPM textile jacket
Spada RPM textile jacket, £99.95
Time tested: 200 miles
What’s good? For a budget jacket, this does everything I need it to. It’s warm, dry and reasonably comfortable – but it comes with some of the niggles you’d expect from a sub-£100 jacket, too. Loads of pockets, which are lined with thick plastic, mean it’s easy to stow your stuff while still keeping it dry – even the liner has rubberised internal pockets with Velcro closers that are perfect for a phone. The jacket (and me) has been through torrential downpours and freezing cold days, but it’s never let in moisture or left me too cold; something that more expensive jackets have failed at recently. It also zips well onto the Milan-Tex trousers I got with it, too, and creates a nice warm suit for the even colder days.
What’s not? The plastic lining on the inside is far from breathable on a hot day; especially off the bike. I found myself having to either use the liner all the time or wear a long-sleeved base layer to stop the thick plastic from sticking to me. The other issue I have is with the collar – a neck tube became a permanent accessory as the outer material of the collar scrapes my neck while riding pretty much any distance, leaving me with red marks if I don’t have something between lapel and skin. Finally – the zip holding the lining to the jacket has broken too. Despite not being used much while the weather was still good, it separated only a few days after I put it back in for winter, leaving it permanently half hanging off.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 4/5