RH+ Acquaria Pocket Jacket   £65.00

8/10

Three season windbreaker looks good while striking the difficult balance of warmth against breathability

Weight 88g   Contact  www.veroli.co.uk

by Stuart Kerton   June 11, 2013  

The way the weather has been going as far as 2013 is going an easily stowable jacket like the RH+ Acquaria Pocket Jacket is pretty much a must on most rides at the moment.

With a name like Acquaria you'd expect the Pocket Jacket from Italian clothing specialists RH+ to offer some type of water resistance but it is actually designed as a windproof.

It's made of a single layer coated fabric called Airdry which is intended for mild and windy conditions. Normally these types of jacket get pretty clammy in use but the fact the Acquaria is intended to be worn between 14°C and 22°C means that the breathability of it is actually rather good.

There are vents at the rear which helps the warm air escape should your work rate increase, but it's more at home when descending or riding in a group, not necessarily pushing too hard sitting on a wheel.

The Airdry material is quite soft and feels just like a normal jersey against the skin. The fit is what RH+ call 'relaxed' which while that means it isn't a close fit. It isn't flapping about in the wind either. Elastic keeps the wrists and hem in place but aren't tight enough to make putting it on or taking it off difficult when in the saddle. The full zip ran smoothly and a neat little tab covers the zip when it's up against your neck to stop things rubbing.

When the Acquaria isn't needed it folds into its own pocket easily - fitting in a jersey pocket meaning it's a no brainer to grab it before each ride especially on chilly mornings or evenings.

On the whole it's a sensible addition to your wardrobe and can easily be used for three seasons with a bit of layering. The performance is impressive as I mentioned above keeping windchill at bay without the rider getting sweaty and clammy underneath.

Although thin, the material seems pretty robust, I've snagged it a couple of times on branches and parts of the bike and there aren't any signs of damage so it'll obviously handle a bit of abuse.

The white version is ever so slightly see through so can be used for racing allowing your race number to be seen. A neat idea is the black stripe which runs up the back so if you get caught in the rain without guards the jacket won't be stained by muddy road spray. It also comes in black and the sizes are the RH+ usual of S-XXXL.

It is £65 which is well priced considering the quality, performance and versatility and you'll definitely get plenty of use out of it.

Verdict

Three season windbreaker looks good while striking the difficult balance of warmth against breathability.

road.cc test report

Make and model: RH+ Acquaria Pocket Jacket

Size tested: White, large

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 Acquaria is a breathable windproof jacket that packs down into its own pocket for minimal size.

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

Airdry material is coated fabric that acts as a windbreaker.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Breathability is impressive for a windproof jacket.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Good considering how thin the material is.

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

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

Very well, it is impressively breathable considering the windblocking material and comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Breathability and looks.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A dropped tail would be the only thing I'd add.

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: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 34  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer  My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

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