I think it was Billy Connolly who said “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing.” When the weather takes a turn for the worst you often see numbers at the Sunday club ride plummet. Only the strong (or maybe foolhardy) turn up and tackle the elements, but if you’re going to turn up be sure to dress accordingly! Here’s one piece of cycle clothing I rate highly when the rain sets in…
Sportful Hot Pack 5 Packable Jacket
The club ride last Sunday was one of the wettest I’ve experienced in a while. Single digit temperatures combined with a deluge of heavy rain all night continuing through the day created testing conditions for cyclists AND cycling gear! I’ve been through a fair amount of kit in order to find gear that works and one piece that always come up trumps is my Sportful packable jacket.
It may seem a little pricey at first, but the Sportful Hot Pack 5 really comes into it’s own in the wind and rain. On the weekend just gone I spent over four hours in the saddle through non-stop, sometime torrential rain and my upper half was still dry when I got home. That’s saying something right there!
At around 85 grams you hardly notice it stashed away in a jersey pocket, but you’ll be glad it’s there once the rain starts hammering down! It’s got a sleek race/tailored fit, is totally windproof, waterproof, ventilated along the back and stuffs down into it’s own sack to the size of a tennis ball.
Even when it’s not raining the Sportful Hot Pack can be incredibly versatile. It efficiently traps body heat and defends against bitter wintry winds. Be sure to keep it in your jersey pocket on those sweat inducing Alpine climbs before donning it for the high speed descent!
Personally I love riding in the rain, I find it fantastically fun! But to really enjoy a wet ride though you need to be dressed in quality kit that keeps the elements out. The Sportful Hot Pack 5 ticks all those boxes and more. It is always at the top of my list whenever the rain clouds hang heavy in the skies!
Trivial fact: Sportful is owned by the same parent company as Castelli. I own a few pieces of Sportful kit and find you get a similar level of quality but for significantly lower prices.