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A good gilet that does pretty much everything you need it to
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Lusso Skylon Gilet
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Lusso's Skylon Gillet is well made and great for keeping off the chill on descents, and packing down into your back pocket ready to be used in changeable weather. Features such as pockets, silicone gripper and a decent amount of ventilation add to its appeal.

This year we have seen just about every type of weather in the British summer. I've been riding in brutal heat and bright sunshine, only to be soaked 20 minutes later, but with it still being, say, 20 degrees, a full jacket would make you just as wet through sweating. This is when a gilet comes into its own.

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The Lusso gilet is made from a lightweight shower resistant material that keeps the majority of the wind and rain out. It's relatively breathable, although given the amount of ventilation at the back of the gilet, it isn't that crucial. The full length zip allows additional ventilation when needed.

Lusso Skylon Gillet - collar.jpg

Lusso Skylon Gillet - collar.jpg

That breathability at the back is courtesy of a large vented panel. It does mean that if you're hunched over the bars you get some water coming in, but given the breathability it provides it's probably worth the sacrifice. At the back there are also two pockets, one on either side. These aren't quite as big as those you'd normally find on a jersey, and lack the stretch, given the material used, but are still good for things such as gels or keys.

Lusso Skylon Gillet - back.jpg

Lusso Skylon Gillet - back.jpg

At the bottom of the gilet there is a high-vis strip that's slightly tacky on the inside, which helps to hold it in place when riding. The fit is good too, being fairly close so there isn't any flapping, but it's relaxed enough that the non-stretchy fabric doesn't restrict movement.

Lusso Skylon Gillet - riding.jpg

Lusso Skylon Gillet - riding.jpg

The gilet is well made, with strong flatlock stitching throughout. It also has a well-thought-out high collar which keeps the wind and rain off your neck too. It also packs down very small and can easily fit into a jersey pocket.

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The gilet comes with an RRP of £35, which I reckon is about right. Given the amount of breathability and some of the features like the pockets and ventilation at the back, it seems pretty good value.

Overall, this gilet performed well throughout the review period. It kept off the worst of the rain, blocked the wind when it got a bit chilly, yet maintained a decent level of breathability, and it has some nice touches like the high-vis band across the bottom too.

Verdict

A good gilet that does pretty much everything you need it to

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lusso Skylon Gillet

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Lusso says: "A wind and shower resistant gilet that packs down small and is easy to fit into a jersey pocket."

It's relatively wind and waterproof and also fits nicely in a jersey pocket.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Lusso says:

The Skylon Gilet is a really versatile piece of kit, it's showerproof, breathable and windproof, and even folds away when not in use.

- Lightweight and windproof

- Breathable - Showerproof skylon fabric

- Fits in back pocket

- Machine washable

- Hand made in the UK

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Well made with strong stitching and decent material choice.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Performed well, showerproof and relatively windproof, with good breathability.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Seems well made with strong flatlock stitching.

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

Good fit, not too tight and not too baggy.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

The medium tested fitted as expected.

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10

Lightweight and fits well in the pocket.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Seems about right for what it is.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Easy to care for, it's naturally not going to be washed too frequently, but was fine when I did.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Performed well, kept out showers, had decent breathability and packed down nicely.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The breathability with the vent at the back works well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not a lot; could maybe do with a baffle behind the zip.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

It's a decent gilet that did everything I needed it to, packed down small and kept the wind and rain out.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.  

9 comments

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bendertherobot [1434 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm confused. The price seems right yet it's 5/10 for value? And it can be bought for £24.99 quite easily making it stellar value!

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unconstituted [2341 posts] 1 year ago
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Bit generous, more like a guy messing around on MS paint. Spokesman is a step up, looks like a guy discovered line and shape tool on Photoshop then colour picked Strava's orange and filled them in.

Really is a lot of amateur design around, which is a shame, because you can hire incredible talent at a reasonable price these days.

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bendertherobot [1434 posts] 1 year ago
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The Spokesman is £80. The Lusso about £25.

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George Hill [24 posts] 1 year ago
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bendertherobot wrote:

I'm confused. The price seems right yet it's 5/10 for value? And it can be bought for £24.99 quite easily making it stellar value!

the price is about the same as others with the same quality so it sits in the middle of the scale, if it were the same product quality as something twice the price then it would be a much higher score. We also test based on RRP as different retailers can offer different prices, so wouldn't be fair to judge based on an offer or sale that one retailer may be having, so it needs to be against the price set by the company. 

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bendertherobot [1434 posts] 1 year ago
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George Hill wrote:
bendertherobot wrote:

I'm confused. The price seems right yet it's 5/10 for value? And it can be bought for £24.99 quite easily making it stellar value!

the price is about the same as others with the same quality so it sits in the middle of the scale, if it were the same product quality as something twice the price then it would be a much higher score. We also test based on RRP as different retailers can offer different prices, so wouldn't be fair to judge based on an offer or sale that one retailer may be having, so it needs to be against the price set by the company. 

It's value should be relative to itself, its cost and that of its nearest competitors surely? That it might offer better value if it's better than a £100 gilet is, of course, fair enough. But a 5/10 score on a 4/5 product tends to suggest it's not great value?

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Curly [62 posts] 1 year ago
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I quite like the design... Had one for 3years and use it all year around,my first choice and great for keeping wind off on early morning ride's and 20mile decents on a recent Alp's trip. another confused on the low value! ive also got a Pearl izumi pro barrier gillet, it was twice the price no rear pockets and it was rated 7\10

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George Hill [24 posts] 1 year ago
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5/10 score indicates that it costs the same as its competitors in the same way that 7/10 indicates it costs less with the same quality and 3/10 suggests it costs more with the same quality. If we did it any other way and gave every product that is priced alongside its competition 7/10 then why would there be more below than above? Look at it as sliding scale, not an exam mark. 

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newtonuk [64 posts] 1 year ago
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I really want to like Lusso kit, but, I don't know, it looks kind of designed by a first year design student...  that's probably unfair, it looks like it's designed by an old bloke.

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Freddy56 [260 posts] 1 year ago
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Looked at the 'spokesmen' stuff and the Lusso gear looks as good at 1/3 the price ! Some bullsh1t around bike gear in a crowded market.