Runners in the know understand the importance of a great quality Gilet. Any athletes taking on the daunting Cape Wrath Challenge in May, which traverses some of Scotland’s most exposed spots, will certainly vouch for that. In such blustery conditions, it is critical to keep your core temperature regulated. With a highly windproof and water resistant front fabric and optimal breathability at the rear, the ashmei Gilet has been designed for exactly such environments. Think of it as a jacket without the bulk.
Features include front and shoulder wind and water resistant panels, where you need it most. At the rear of the Gilet, Merino wool panels provide optimum thermo regulation. The beauty of Merino is that it keeps you warm, but allows moisture to dissipate once your body is creating its own heat. Speaking of heating up, there are side seam zippers near the arm opening that will increase ventilation, should you need it.
Like all of our products, the fit of the Gilet is an athletic, yet true sizing. This race fit means that you will never feel material flapping in the wind and consequently cut a more aerodynamic figure. While the styling is timeless and subtle, the functionality is overt – with two discrete zipped pockets for a key, credit card, gels or cash, silicon grippers positioned at the bottom of the Gilet to keep it in position and seal in the warmth, plus rear and chest reflective stripes to make sure you are seen out on the run in low light visibility.
US gear reviewer Thomas Neuberger, of BelieveInTheRun, adds: “Quality goes a long way with ashmei. I have the jacket version of this Gilet that is in perfect condition after 6 years! You better like the gear because it will be with you for a long time. The price point isn’t cheap, but neither is the quality of product.”