Lusso's Skylon Gillet is well made and great for keeping off the chill on descents, and packing down into your back pocket ready to be used in changeable weather. Features such as pockets, silicone gripper and a decent amount of ventilation add to its appeal.
This year we have seen just about every type of weather in the British summer. I've been riding in brutal heat and bright sunshine, only to be soaked 20 minutes later, but with it still being, say, 20 degrees, a full jacket would make you just as wet through sweating. This is when a gilet comes into its own.
The Lusso gilet is made from a lightweight shower resistant material that keeps the majority of the wind and rain out. It's relatively breathable, although given the amount of ventilation at the back of the gilet, it isn't that crucial. The full length zip allows additional ventilation when needed.
That breathability at the back is courtesy of a large vented panel. It does mean that if you're hunched over the bars you get some water coming in, but given the breathability it provides it's probably worth the sacrifice. At the back there are also two pockets, one on either side. These aren't quite as big as those you'd normally find on a jersey, and lack the stretch, given the material used, but are still good for things such as gels or keys.
At the bottom of the gilet there is a high-vis strip that's slightly tacky on the inside, which helps to hold it in place when riding. The fit is good too, being fairly close so there isn't any flapping, but it's relaxed enough that the non-stretchy fabric doesn't restrict movement.
The gilet is well made, with strong flatlock stitching throughout. It also has a well-thought-out high collar which keeps the wind and rain off your neck too. It also packs down very small and can easily fit into a jersey pocket.
The gilet comes with an RRP of £35, which I reckon is about right. Given the amount of breathability and some of the features like the pockets and ventilation at the back, it seems pretty good value.
Overall, this gilet performed well throughout the review period. It kept off the worst of the rain, blocked the wind when it got a bit chilly, yet maintained a decent level of breathability, and it has some nice touches like the high-vis band across the bottom too.
A good gilet that does pretty much everything you need it to
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Skylon Gillet
Size tested: Medium
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?
Lusso says: "A wind and shower resistant gilet that packs down small and is easy to fit into a jersey pocket."
It's relatively wind and waterproof and also fits nicely in a jersey pocket.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The Skylon Gilet is a really versatile piece of kit, it's showerproof, breathable and windproof, and even folds away when not in use.
- Lightweight and windproof
- Breathable - Showerproof skylon fabric
- Fits in back pocket
- Machine washable
- Hand made in the UK
Well made with strong stitching and decent material choice.
Performed well, showerproof and relatively windproof, with good breathability.
Seems well made with strong flatlock stitching.
Good fit, not too tight and not too baggy.
The medium tested fitted as expected.
Lightweight and fits well in the pocket.
Seems about right for what it is.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy to care for, it's naturally not going to be washed too frequently, but was fine when I did.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well, kept out showers, had decent breathability and packed down nicely.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The breathability with the vent at the back works well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not a lot; could maybe do with a baffle behind the zip.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's a decent gilet that did everything I needed it to, packed down small and kept the wind and rain out.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.