Last week we asked you to name your favourite gilet. Your top selections had a few common features: very light weight, ventilation and the ability to be easily crammed into a pocket. Not very surprising, that: gilets are great to carry as a precaution if the weather turns bad, so packability is vital. The envelope please…
The stripy luxury option fits comfortably in a jersey pocket and is super light to wear yet surprisingly effective at warming up the core. Side mesh panels allow for enhanced breathability, the fabric at the front is windproof and the offset zip makes one-handed unzipping easier. It also features reflective accents including a reflective stripe.
The Sportful Hot Pack Vest is a good windproof gilet that's incredibly lightweight and takes up hardly any space in your pocket when you don't need it on. It's surprisingly water-resistant too thanks to its Schoeller NanoSphere finish. That means tiny particles bound to the fabric repel water – and dirt and oil – and the finish is permanent; it won't wash out over time.
You like your gilets packable, it seems. The most popular selection in our survey was this feathery and well-priced gilet from Scottish clothing specialists Endura. The Pakagilet provides access to your jersey pockets too, so if you're putting it on because things have turned chilly, or taking it off as it gets warmer, you don't have to faff transferring your stuff.
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 CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com 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 TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.