What’s good about the Oxford Mondial and Ranger?
The Mondial jacket offers a lot for the money and, thanks to its thermal and waterproof zip-in layers, is very versatile and copes well in all seasons. It goes between two extremes; being very cool without the layers installed and turning into a toasty furnace when they are. Combined with smart use of layering beneath this and you have a jacket that can be used whatever the weather. I’ve ridden it through some terrible British weather and while it’s not 100% perfect, it’s a versatile bit of kit that costs less than £200. The Ranger trousers aren’t too bad, but they don’t offer quite the same value as the jacket. They feature plenty of pockets, a zip-in thermal layer and come with braces for a comfortable fit.
And what’s not?
The front zip on the jacket has come undone from the bottom up a couple of times while I’m riding, which is quite worrying considering there was no real pressure exerted on it. This left me concerned about what might happen if the forces of an accident act upon it. The waterproofing has also been tested thoroughly and on a few occasions has let me down slightly in the arms and. While it is usually good at keeping the water at bay, it isn’t very breathable, leaving you feeling very sticky after a while. The trousers leak when the weather gets really bad, especially around the crotch. The connecting zip is only short and I prefer to fully zip my jacket and trousers together. There are other trousers in the Oxford range with a full-circumference zip so I’m a little disappointed these trousers don’t feature it too.
Two months/3200 miles