Purna ProteKt Windproof  £22.95

7/10

Surprisingly rugged windproof shell with great cut and good colourways. Light drizzle's the limit though

Weight 100g   Contact  purnasports.com

by Shaun Audane   February 6, 2013  

The Purna ProteKt Windproof shell jacket is so thin you'd expect it to tear at the first brush with a prickly bush but it has proved me quite wrong. Weighing 99g including carry sack, it's designed to be donned in a flash, protecting against wind chill whether screaming along a mountain pass or dribbling through Drabsville.

Fabric wise, we'an ve a Pertex shell that blocks cold air, yet still allows rider generated stuff easy escape via a clever capillary action, having the added benefit of drying in a matter of minutes. Unlike classic 'condom' capes, because the pores allow efficient moisture management, it can also be worn between base and jersey.

I liked the fetching colour options but night owls may want to add some Scotchlite - I was a little bit disappointed at the lack of reflectives.

Sizing seems on par with everyone else's, taking the guesswork out of online purchases - our large was snug enough to prevent billowing without feeling remotely constricting over winter layers. When not required it packsinside its stuff sack, which is also made from Pertex and tethers pretty unobtrusively to top tubes or in pockets. The sack also doubles as a nifty stash for energy bars/patch kits/loose change when empty.

Decent zipper tags make it easy to get on and off on the fly. Cowering low, there's a curious sensation as winds ruffle the outer fabric, trying to tease a way inside but ultimately remaining cheated despite the unlined collar. Sustaining race pace for an hour or so hasn't left me remotely stinky, although when it comes to the damp stuff, persistent, light drizzle is pretty much the limit.

Verdict

Surprisingly rugged windproof shell with great cut and good colourways. Light drizzle's the limit though

road.cc test report

Make and model: Purna ProteKt Windproof

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 Purna ProteKt Windproof Shell is a versatile performance fit windproof shell. Made from Pertex a very light weight and foldable fabric.

It can be worn as an outer windproof shell or, due to its light weight, can be worn under other sporting garments, motorcycle jackets, fleeces, as an extra defence against the cold.

Note it is not waterproof, it will ward off a very light shower.

Its features include elasticated cuffs and hem, a full length zip and a longer back panel for when you are bent double, such as cycling.

When not in use it packs into its own pouch".

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

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

Pertex shell

Elasticated cuffs

Full length Zip

Elasticated hem

Longer back Panel

Storage Pouch

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

99g by my scales

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

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

Another pleasant surprise, this lightweight contingency shell does exactly what it says on the tin and is light years ahead of old fashioned race capes. Thin fibres offer decent levels of insulation, while managing wearer generated moisture pretty efficiently (depending on mid and base layer materials)although persistent drizzle is as water repelling as things get.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Lovely cut, sensible design, attractive colourways.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

2 user comments

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This looks pretty good for the price. I paid £50 for a Montaine Featherlight pertex jacket (which, by the way has been worth every penny) The Monatine has loads of reflective stuff though. Still, at this price I am tempted to get one for weekend rides in daylight - if I can get a nice bright colour.

Bike Lifer

posted by Bike Lifer [12 posts]
8th February 2013 - 14:46

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Agree with Bike Lifer, Montaine version is excellent at £50, so this is an excellent bargain!

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posted by alotronic [269 posts]
8th February 2013 - 17:20

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