The Countdown AS Lady Vest (there's also a male version) is a lightweight gilet designed specifically for cycling and one of the few available in a women's specific cut. Gilets are particularly handy in the UK's challenging climate. It's great to have something along on a ride that's pocket sized that'll bestow a hefty wallop of protection and warmth for its size and weight.
I've been using the Equipe Gilet for two or three years - on and off, like; not constantly -and it's one of my favourites for adding a bit of extra upper body warmth when the temperature drops.
Remember that tank-top that your mother forced you to wear to keep you warm and the wind off your chest? Well, the Rapha Softshell Gilet is just like that but trendied up because it's made of softshell, called a gilet and brought to you by Rapha. And this time you're not going to have a tantrum every time you have to put it on. Although your wallet might.
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.
Altura tell us that the Ergofit Gilet “offers unrestrictive core body warmth and protection from the elements”. Sounds promising, especially from a competitively priced gilet (some posh ones cost £150+), how did it do?
Altura Night Vision Evo gilet combines comfort and safety in a lightweight, easy care package that squirrels into seat packs or poacher-style jersey pockets when not required. Sure, day-glow stretch polyester mightn’t set pulses racing but a host of discrete touches from detachable fibre optic strips to sensibly designed zipper tabs distinguishes it from competitor designs and means it’s a cinch to throw on/off on in the saddle. My only minor gripe is the fabric's tendency to absorb moisture.
This neat little polyester windproof is ideal for keeping the wind off your torso on summer morning and evening rides, or for carrying with you just in case the temperature dips.
The Madison Elevate is a soft shell gilet that works well for pretty much any outdoor activity, whether it involves 2 wheels or not. This is one of those garments that just feels perfect the minute you put it on.
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.