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BTwin 300 Warm Cycling Jacket

7
£24.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Nicely designed budget jacket for cold and generally dry weather
Weight: 
476g

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BTwin's 300 Warm Cycling Jacket is designed for cold, dry and murky days. The materials might be a little on the basic side and wicking is slower than more sophisticated blends, but there are some lovely touches and it delivers plenty of smiles per mile.

As regards the fabric, it's a 90/10% polyester elastane mix with a really tactile fleece liner, and the back panel is supposedly thinner to promote efficient dispersal of rider-generated heat.

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Sizing is quite generous – as a rule of thumb I'm a large in most jersey/jackets but our medium was absolutely bang on. It was snug, but with sufficient length in the arms and tail.

BTWIN 300 Warm Cycling Jacket - on bike

The pockets are unusual, and generally in a good sense. There are three in total, two massive ones at the rear, which managed two spare tubes, a large multi tool, energy bars, tyre levers, a 600ml trade bottle and mini pump.

BTWIN 300 Warm Cycling Jacket - pocket

The left breast panel of the jacket incorporates a Tardis-like nelson-type pocket big enough to cope with a medium wallet/smartphone or, to my delight, super zoom travel compact/mini CSC cameras.

BTWIN 300 Warm Cycling Jacket - chest pocket

Scotchlite detailing is limited to logos on the lower back and arms, but the orange really burns through the murk, nabbing oncoming traffic's attention at the 300-500m mark in semi-rural contexts. Something to consider if you were thinking you'd prefer the black option, maybe.

The orange version does have contrasting black panels which I like; the sleeves are still highly visible and so it won't matter if you commute with a messenger bag or rucksack. I have been inclined to post a blinkie on the pocket when navigating unlit semi/rural areas after dark, though.

BTWIN 300 Warm Cycling Jacket - rear

Road spray and similar organic grime doesn't tend to stick to the jacket, but catching the cuffs against the bike's drivetrain or bringing it into contact with grimy digits did leave faint, smudgy calling cards. Mercifully, machine washes at 40 with a full prewash keeps things crisp.

Given the asking price, performance has exceeded my expectations by a long shot.

Climate control/moisture management is best described as fair, and I was very grateful for high quality merino baselayers in milder temperatures, but I never felt 'boiled in the bag' and ventilation is easily tuned by dropping or raising the front zipper.

BTWIN 300 Warm Cycling Jacket - zip

Predictably, things do turn a little clammy around the armpits and lower back given 20 minutes at 18mph plus, but less than you'd expect when the mercury's trying to hit 12-13 degrees. Thankfully, by this point the rear panel's kicking in, reducing this to a warm glow. Mind you, on longer rides if you're carrying a rucksack and/or wearing a budget baselayer you can expect this to linger.

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The additional warmth the jacket provided was greatly appreciated on late night/dawn runs when temperatures struggled beyond 6°C. The insulated front panels offer excellent protection against icy blasts and persistent chill, and the elasticated inner cuffs also prevent cold and potentially very wet stuff being scooped inside.

Speaking of wet, the outer layer fended off persistent showery rain for a good hour, although I'd still carry a micro jacket on day rides, or if rain was forecast.

Ultimately, the 300 has been a really pleasant surprise. Moisture management doesn't match more sophisticated fabrics, but it is remarkably close to some costing twice as much. At this price and for cold, dry conditions it's hard to see where you'd go wrong.

Verdict

Nicely designed budget jacket for cold and generally dry weather

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road.cc test report

Make and model: BTwin 300 Warm Cycling Jacket

Size tested: Medium, Orange

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?

BTwin says: "THIS MEN'S CYCLING JACKET OFFERS GREAT PROTECTION FROM THE COLD IN AUTUMN AND WINTER WITH ITS INSULATING MEMBRANE ON THE CHEST AND WARM FABRIC AT THE BACK."

It does just that.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Polyester/Elastane mix

WARMTH

Jacket made out of warm fabric with wind-breaking fabric at the front

MOISTURE TRANSFER

Lightweight fabric at the back for good ventilation

SUPPORT

Loose cut

VISIBILITY

Reflective zones on the shoulders and pockets at the back

POCKETS

2 pockets at the back, 1 zipped breast pocket

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Rugged and nicely thought out.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

While moisture management can't compete with more sophisticated synthetics in milder conditions, it's by no means bad, and cold weather comfort is excellent. Micro jackets are a sensible move on longer rides, though the outer shell proved surprisingly shower resistant.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Feels bombproof.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
6/10

Jersey cum jacket, so a baselayer is all you'll need underneath. It can be a bit too cosy in milder conditions though.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Overall, the BTwin 300 Warm Cycling Jacket is nicely designed and represents remarkably good value for money. In my view an excellent budget conscious option for cold days.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Tactile fabric and thoughtful design/layout.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing given the price point.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Ultimately the BTwin 300 Warm Cycling Jacket is a nicely designed, wallet-friendly option for cold weather riding. Predictably, climate control doesn't rival more expensive fabrics but it represents seriously good value for money.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 1m 81cm  Weight: 70kg

I usually ride: Rough stuff tourer based around 4130 Univega mountain bike frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)

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