Conceived as a mid-weight jacket (the clue is in the name) for all-season, and particularly cold weather use, the Capo Siena is a fairly lightweight soft-shell that offers versatile options for keeping the body a stable temperature.
The Siena is made from a supple but robust stretch fabric, with weather resistant properties thanks to the manufacturer's P-10 membrane, as well as a soft brushed inner face to the fabric designed to keep you warm.
Many may dislike the idea of a winter jacket in black as not offering the sort of additional low light visibility that contributes to a feeling of greater safety. However, the Siena addresses this with two large panels in the area of the latissimus dorsi muscles of the back, an area easily spotted no matter what the position of the rider. These panels, which also run down the sides of the body are made from a highly reflective fabric, akin to 3M's Scotchlite, which is not only stretchy but also perforated for extra breathability.
The jacket also features reflective accents on the upper arms, a trio of pockets at the rear and gripper tape at the hem. The skin-facing surface of the collar is fleecy backed for comfort.
With a neat, contoured performance fit, it's worth considering going up a size if you're borderline. The size Large I tried was pretty much equivalent to a small UK14 and if I was planning to wear anything other than a fairly low profile base layer underneath, I'd have wanted a little more space.
That said, the jacket was sufficiently warm for a thin baselayer to be a good option under most conditions, particularly if riding hard.
The length of sleeves and torso was good, and the gripper tape at the hem did a good job of keeping everything in place when stretched out. The fabric performed well for its purpose, combining just the right level of warmth with decent breathability, lack of moisture build-up and weather protection; it was very windproof and good for anything less than really persistent rain.
The reflective panels were a nice touch, combining valuable and effective extra visibility with a neat quirky design element, particularly since the membrane the reflective fabric was backed in is the same shocking pink as the trim at collar and cuffs, making for a subtle but attractive effect. Even devout pink haters shouldn't find the styling too odious.
At £150 it's on the pricy side, but not excessive and certainly of a similar price as many performance-led softshell jackets on the market. It's a great piece for racers and faster paced riders, while slower riders may not appreciate enough of its technical features to warrant the price tag. If I had a quibble, I'd have liked a zip pocket somewhere for a door key.
Well-featured and nicely considered winter jacket aimed at performance riders
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Capo Siena HiVis Mid-Weight Jacket
Size tested: n/a
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?
Cicla (stockist) say:
Capo's Siena HiVis mid-weight jacket is a fabulous new addition to Capo's winter range of cycling jackets for women. With the time old dilemma of 'do I go for a black jacket, which is more practical during the winter due to the amount of grim on the road, or should I opt for a brightly coloured/luminescent number so I can be spotted during the darker months of the year', Capo have resolved this issue with this jacket. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, and choose a black jacket in which you will most certainly be spotted with its high vis (reflective) panels on the front, rear and side panels. Happy times and a huge sigh of relief!
By using P-10 Membrane fabric, designed to increase visibility in low light conditions which is 360 deg reflective in two panels which run along the back across and down both shoulder blades to the base of your ribs, then extending down the base of the side panel and up under the arm this jacket offers great reflective potential. Another great quality of this fantastic technical fabric is the simple fact it still offers great all way stretch, so it's a hit on comfort too!
This is a great jacket for those colder riders, when you need some insulation and protection from the wind to keep you warm. Capo have used Protegge® Membrane, a medium weight, dual layer membrane which offers wind and water resistance plus thermal insulation. Combing this with the super lightweight Super Roubaix® fabric which is great for insulation, whilst breathable and stretchy enough to give you great freedom of movement.
I would consider it best suited to faster paced performance driven riders, looking for a sleek fitting and attractive, effective jacket for all but the very foulest winter conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
A combination of lightweight Super Roubaix fabric with a Protegge Membrane for wind and water resistance.
Machine washable at 30 degrees
Zip front with protective flap
3 rear pouch pockets
Gripper tape at hem
Reflective accents on rear pocket and on upper sleeves
Reflective and ventilated panels on upper back and sides
Excellent quality fabrics and well made.
Very comfortable in use, kept the body a good stable temperature in cold and dry, and even damp conditions. Particularly well-suited to faster paced rides.
Quite quickly showed some very minor signs of strain at points where hi vis panels and body fabric join, probably due to the perforations in the hi vis fabric. Possibly a point of weakness?
It's hard to find fault with a warm and protective outer garment this light.
Very comfortable both next to skin and in general terms.
If you're a performance driven rider who likes to ride hard all through the winter then this is a great investment.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well indeed. Comfortable, breathable and kept the body just the right temperature.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Quality of fabrics used, style/design, innovative reflective panels, comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing, apart from lack of small zipped security pocket.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
It's not especially cheap, but it's spot on for those looking for something a bit special from their winter training jacket.
About the tester
Age: 42 Height: 1.65m Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.