Deciding what to wear at this time of year can be determined by what you can cram into your pockets/rucksack. The Oneten Pioggia Vest is an ideal companion for any ride, as this versatile gilet not only offers great wind protection but is super light and packs down really well.
When I first tried it on, the cut seemed very high at the front. But in face it's an optical illusion, as the gilet has a generous tail. This keeps the worst of the splash off your rear and adds to your visibility with some reflective detail. You also have the option to button the tail up giving the appearance of a normal cut vest.
The material used is described as 'Waterproof and windproof eVent main body fabric for ultimate weather protection, with a superlight polyamide shell'. Actually, the feel of the gilet is of a harsh and thin material. But does it work? Well, yes is the short answer, despite appearing to be something that would be minimally useful. I soon forgot any concerns over the cut. The shape allowed for a snug fit but without being restrictive, and on colder mornings this gilet soon had me feeling comfortable.
Inside the collar there is a strip of soft material to stop any rubbing on the neck and to offer a little more protection where needed. One downside, the zip can prove a little reluctant to move when on the fly, but otherwise the Oneten Pioggia Vest is worth tucking into a jersey pocket. It could make all the difference.
Very light, effective gilet for a warm core when the temperature drops.
road.cc test report
Make and model: OneTen Pioggia Vest
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?
The product provides an extra layer on really cold days or something you can reach for in an emergency if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made of lightweight material but sufficient to keep you warm and dry. Ideal for ensuring your core is protected.
Well made with some neat additional features such as the high viz elements and the tail for wet weather.
The oneten Pioggia gilet is light, packs up small and performs well.
Despite being light the material proves durable and hard wearing.
Small and compact, allows you to forget your wearing it or stow it in your jersey.
Apart from the slight concern over the cut of the front of the gilet, it is very comfortable.
For the quality of material and suitability for purpose, this gilet represents good value.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Above and beyond what you'd expect. Despite appearances this gilet will keep you warm and allow you to keep riding.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Small and compact, you can take this anywhere for every emergency.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The slight concern over the cut and perhaps an easier zip would make this perfect.
Did you enjoy using the product? Certainly did.
Would you consider buying the product? I would, yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? I would have no concerns in recommending this to a friend.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
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