Shutt VR Race Lite gilet  £59.00

8/10

Well-designed and well-made gilet for all sorts of weather

Weight 120g   Contact http://www.shuttvr.com/

by Leonie Jennings   December 30, 2010  

A gilet is one of the most useful and versatile pieces of kit you can own and a well considered one like this is good to find.

The Race Lite gilet isn’t the lightest, the most pared down or the warmest option available but it marks a good balance between usefulness and weight saving. At 120g the Race Lite is light enough to pop into a jersey pocket without worrying, and it packs down plenty small enough to make that easy too.

The breathable polyamide fabric is rugged and soft to the touch, with no annoying rustling, and it is wind and weather resistant. A three-quarter mesh back means it ventilates well without sacrificing the protection of a windproof front and sides, and you get reflective accents for added visibility. The shape of the body and the elasticated hem and arm holes make it a decent and effective shape for women as well as men.

Zips at each side allow for easy access to rear jersey pockets. The gilet does not have any pockets of its own, which is a little tricky if you favour a baselayer rather than a jersey underneath, but a redesign very soon means there will be a small zipped security pocket as well, and a roll-away hood.

It stows down small, weighs very little and does a great job of allowing easy temperature adjustment on the fly. Available in red, blue, or white, sizes small to XL.

Verdict

Well-designed and well-made gilet

road.cc test report

Make and model: Shutt VR Race Lite gilet

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?

Aimed at all riders, on and off road, for easy temperature adjustment with minimal weight penalty.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, definitely.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

 

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