Nine months on and after 2,600 miles use, the Tucano Urbano Parka Hide Park has proved to be windproof, waterproof and pretty bulletproof.
This parka is windproof, waterproof and virtually bulletproof! I’ve used it mainly over spring and summer and, on a fashionista level, the coat has a ‘women’s cut’ and drawstring waist, which has given me a confidence boost when I’ve gone to just visit friends and don’t want to look like I’ve been on a desert adventure.
One place it was particularly good was on my many camping trips this year. I saved space taken up by an off-the-bike coat and just took this. When I was off the bike and out of my bike boots and bike pants, the jacket was really useful. The hood and lightweight three-quarter length work a treat, and it’s ultra-comfy for walking around town or in windy conditions. I use the outer pockets the most as they’re secure enough for a small purse or wallet. There is also a waterproof inner pocket lined with microfibre material to keep eyewear safe.
Mine is dark green, but it’s also available in dark blue, and has CE-approved (level 1) shoulder and elbow armour.
Even with the inner layer out, it’s not breathable. In hot weather, the parka sticks to your skin and you have to peel it off. Also, if you leave the hood attached and don’t do up the hood clips, it will whip against your crash helmet.