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What's the best cycling gilet? Help decide the People's Choice

Tell us your favourite sleeveless jacket

Got a favourite sleeveless outer layer? Tell us about it.

Gilet, vest or sleeveless jacket — whatever you call it, it’s one of the most useful items in a cyclist’s wardrobe. A gilet keeps the breeze off your torso when the weather is cool, but not so cold you need a full jacket. It can be easily rolled up and tucked into a pocket when it warms up, or you can tuck a gilet into your pocket if you expect cooler weather later in the day.

This apparently simple garment comes with a huge variety of different features, though. Do you prefer a mesh or a ‘solid’ back? Super-light or sturdier fabric? Pockets or none? A lined collar or simple nylon? Tell us which gilet you prefer and why, to help your fellow cyclists pick the best gilet.


Here's how it works:

  • Post a comment to nominate a product. Check it hasn't already been nominated. Add a link to the product wherever you can.
  • Like a comment to vote for that product. 
  • One comment per product. Any multiple comments will be deleted and their likes will not count towards a product's score. The first nomination will be the one that is counted.
  • One product per comment please. Otherwise the voting doesn't make any sense.
  • Maximum 30 nominations per award. Once we hit 30 nominations we will close the nomination process.
  • All votes will be counted up until the closing date. Votes after this may appear but will not be counted.
  • We reserve the right to remove any comment at our sole discretion.
  • Closing date is 10am, Tuesday, March 29.

Over to you!

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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