Macna Savage textile jacket, £169.99
Time tested: 1600 miles/five months
What’s good? I’d never heard of Macna until last year, but this jacket has impressed me for its mixture of subtle looks and effective performance. It’s warm with the thermal liner in, cool with it out and even cooler still with the vents unzipped. It has reflective patches that stand out at night, and the waterproof liner keeps out rain. But all of that in a jacket that doesn’t scream ‘look at me, I ride a bike’. Everything on it works well, including neat details like the foolproof cuff adjusters and the way the zip pullers for the inner lining are tucked in to stop them catching on wrists as the jacket goes on. There are also mounting clips to secure a high-viz vest over the top of the jacket.
What’s not? While I’ve always stayed dry on wet rides, the outer soaks up water rather than repelling it, extending the time it takes to dry. The narrow cuffs make it very difficult to get gloves inside the sleeves, which is my preferred way of keeping out rain. Another inside pocket would also be handy as it’s a squeeze to carry both phone and wallet in the one it has.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 3/5