British clothing manufacturers Shutt VR are launching a new softshell jacket that will be available from next Monday, and priced at £69 it could turn out to be a bit of a bargain.
We’ll reserve judgment until we’ve actually given it a go, but Shutt promise us that the Active Softshell is wind resistant, showerproof, warm and breathable. You get a high, close-fitting collar, reflective trim front and rear, and both the hem and the cuffs are adjustable, allowing you to control the climate in there.
The cut is a little looser than you’ll find on some cycling jackets – it’s less fitted than Shutt’s own Winter Jacket, for example – and the back isn’t extended down, so you can wear it off the bike without it looking too out of place. We’ll be getting a review online as soon as pos.
Shutt have only been around since last year but the brand is making a considerable impact in the marketplace. The range, which is largely based on merino Sportwool, has increased massively over recent months and Shutt already sponsor a couple of race teams – Orbea-For Goodness Shakes!, which will become Twenty3c-Orbea next year, and also the Squadra Donne/Bikefood/Shutt women’s team.
Look out for several Shutt VR reviews on road.cc shortly. We’re currently testing the Signature Training Top, Race Lite Gilet and a couple of pairs of bib shorts.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.