Oxford Rainseal Jacket £34.99 & Trousers £24.99
Tester Richard Newland
Time tested Six months/8000 miles
What’s good? I’ve had a lot of waterproof oversuits during my 25-year riding career, and most have been utterly useless. I don’t like one-piece suits, so always go for separates, and this pairing from Oxford hasn’t let me down yet. There’s a lot to like as well. They’re substantially made, with good thick material, water resistant seams, adjustable cuffs, waist and ankles, and reflective areas. I really like the fact that the jacket has a full zip front, allowing you to put it on mid-ride without taking your helmet and gloves off. They feel really rugged and simple, have kept me bone dry (so far), and are sized to fit over your kit. So if you’re a Large jacket size, you need a Large – not an XL to fit over your other kit. Jackets range from S to 5XL, trousers from S to 6XL. They each come in a small zip bag, but you can fit both in just one bag for ease of transport.
What’s not? They pack down pretty small, but they are inherently dense and heavy compared to some you can buy these days. As such they will take up a fair portion of your rucksack/pannier – but that’s the price you pay for durability and quality.