Anyone who has ever ridden the leafy lanes of Hertfordshire, the northern-most outpost of the Chilterns, will appreciate the origins of our Classic Ultimate Softshell Jacket. For this was the first ride piece forged here in the foothills of the Chiltern ‘Alps’, where changeable conditions and majestic Red Kites rule the roost. Setting off in the fresh early morning dew, bathed in the dappled sunlight of the densely wooded Ashridge Estate, you might easily find yourself tackling the lung-busting Kop Hill Climb in Princes Risborough by mid-morning under azure blue skies. In other words, versatility needs to come as standard.
And it does. Every detail of this jacket has been considered at length by our design team. From the incorporation of Merino wool in the rear panels to ensure that you are dry and warm when it is fresh, to the front fabric that is 100% waterproof, breathable and windproof for when Mother Nature doesn’t play so nice. It’s all there.
Then there are the little details. Three rear pockets with elasticated hems have been incorporated to keep those essentials secure, while a rear tail guard drops down to protect the Bib Shorts in foul weather, retained in place by three magnetic snaps. Honestly, we could go on….
A word from founder, Stuart: “My go to jacket. If it’s jacket weather and you know you may be in for a light dowsing of rain – but not a downpour – then this is it for me. The Merino panels on the back of the jacket and sleeves ensure optimal interior climate regulation – whether it’s being used on those Sunday-first-thing rides or later in the day when the sun decides to shine. The extremes in temperature that this jacket can cope with are “insane”. Once you have it on, you will never feel the need to take it off because overheating is simply not an issue. I have every colour.”