Northern England in April – the very definition of the word changeable where it relates to weather. Should you ever fancy riding Britain’s most recent grand depart location at this time of the year, you will probably have to overcome neck-wrenchingly-brutal headwind, rain and hail with the power to exfoliate – and all in the space of 15 minutes. Then the sun might make a cameo appearance to provide the first tan lines of the season. So a little tip, if we may. When you are battling conditions such as the wonderful Yorkshire springtime weather, please make sure you pack our Gilet to ensure you stay dry, warm and comfortable for the duration.
The front panel of the Gilet is completely windproof to ensure the wind chill does not rip right through you, while the fabric’s Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment will see to practically anything that the North York Moors can throw at you. The rear of the Gilet comes with a highly breathable stretch laser perforated fabric to help regulate body temperature and more moisture management. Access to your jersey rear pockets is through two discreet zips so you don’t need to unload and reload your pockets every time you take the gilet on and off.
Elliot, Head of ashmei product development, explains: “A gilet can be the most useful piece of kit that a cyclist owns. When done right, its versatility will save you in an unexpected downpour, be readily stowed for a big alpine descent and have all the necessities for a century ride. Fabric R&D was critical to deliver this capability. We had to develop lightweight fabrics that offered enough protection, breathability and stretch to allow the gilet to pack down to the size of a small orange.”