This windproof gilet from Nalini is a simple and effective bit of kit that's a very versatile addition to your wardrobe. Warm enough for cool mornings but not too hot to keep on once the sun emerges, it's a good choice for Spring and Autumn runs.
The gilet is mainly fashioned from a thickish roubaix fabric with a fairly open weave. The fleecy inner is both warm and comfortable but the loose weave means it's not too hot on the climbs. The front of the gilet also sports a layer of MantoTex windproofing which does a very good job of keeping the breeze off your vitals. At the front there's a full length zip and a slightly raised collar; to the rear there's three deep pockets and a slightly dropped tail. Construction is very good, with tidy seams and nice detailing.
I've been wearing this gilet for two months and it was on my back in the Pyrenees a few weeks back over a couple of cols. In fairly warm weather on the climb of the Marie Blanque it never got too sweaty, and descending from the Aubisque in a chilly fog it did a great job of keeping me warm. It's a good choice for days when you're not sure how the weather will pan out (most days, then). Stuff a pair of armwarmers and a lightweight jacket in the pockets and you can cope with most conditions, and should the sun make an appearance you won't bake.
A well made, versatile top that's a handy addition to your wardrobe.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Nalini Fiuggi Gilet
Size tested: XXL
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 190cm Weight: 98kg
I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.