You might expect the name to indicate that the B'Twin Anorak 7 is a waterproof jacket, but in fact it's a clever chill-fighter that's perfect for those clear but cold days of late winter and early Spring.
This is a jacket for those days when the rain finally stops (trust us, that IS going to happen, honest) but you still need to keep warm.
And keep you warm it does, thanks to its layer of insulation. The warmest conditions I have used it have been just into double digits and that proved to be an almost uncomfortable experience. The jacket is too thick for all but the chilliest of rides.
The cuffs have an additional lining that is not only tight fitting to prevent drafts but extends from the end of the sleeve to give a better fit. To emphasize the jacket's unique approach, attached on the inside of the collar is removable snood, perfect for those cold rides. The snood comes in a contrasting blue colour and is attached by three buttons so yo can remove it if you like.
If you find yourself overheating there are zips under each arm that will allow a little extra breeze to circulate.
There are four pockets on the rear. One is a zipped, water repellent pocket that will accommodate your phone. Included in the rear left pocket is a pump sleeve, again a nice touch. To complete the pocket line-up there is a zipped chest pocket.
To cover off the safety element, there are reflective patches on the shoulders and back. The back panel is complemented by a slightly thicker patch that runs down the centre and aids comfort if you use a rucksack.
The grip on the bottom ensures the B'Twin not only looks good but stays in place when you're riding. This jacket is ideal for cold riding and for the price offers a decent investment.
Warm, relatively light and well made jacket with a few innovative features - all for a decent price.
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Make and model: BTwin Anorak 7 jacket
Size tested: Large, black/blue
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 B'Twin 7 jacket offers some protection from the rain but only the showery variety. This jacket comes into its own when the temperature drops allowing the thermal qualities to shine.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The jacket provides decent levels of warmth with a few neat touches not normally seen on other jackets, let alone at this price.
The quality is good with the zips all working well and easily. There is plenty of storage room in terms of pockets, including a zipped water resistant offering and another zipped pocket on the chest. A neat feature is the sleeve for a pump hidden in one of the rear three pockets.
If you use this jacket in colder conditions you will not be disappointed by its performance. Despite the zipped vents under the arms you may struggle to get enough breeze if the weather warmed up.
The material has proved to be durable and long lasting.
This isn't the lightest jacket you will encounter but it makes up for that with the warmth it provides.
The B'Twin jacket keeps you warm and has the added bonus of a snood attached as part of the jacket. It is detachable if you'd rather not use it.
Good value for the performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It keeps you warm, it does give you a little protection from the rain.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Stylish and warm - win, win.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The vents under the arms are really not wide enough to allow any decent air circulation.
Did you enjoy using the product? I did.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A jacket that provides the basic elements well and adds a few neat touches. For the money this is good value.
Age: 45 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT