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The Funkier Attack Mens Waterproof Jacket is a decent option for winter training and general riding. Like most shells around this price point, it's made from 100% nylon and has a waterproof rating of 10,000mm per hour. However, superior ventilation means it's more comfortable for faster-paced rides in milder temperatures than many.
Inside, the Funkier features the familiar mesh lining, which serves to assist the process of ventilation and breathing while retaining wanted warmth. It also helps protect the outer shell from premature wear.
The bright fluoro and Scotchlite reflective graphics of our test jacket are arguably the default choice for dull, overcast days, but there's a more subtle red alternative. Either way, detailing is very good throughout. The collar is longer than most, ensuring complete protection against rain and chill without feeling restrictive when fully closed. The same goes for Lycra inner cuffs, which continue this weather-blocking theme.
Raglan sleeves ensure complete freedom of movement around the shoulders, welcome on longer rides, and the back is long enough to offer decent protection from the elements. I've remained generally temperate when the mercury's been meandering between 3 and 12 degrees.
With baselayers and thinner mid-layers, I've been able to canter along at a steady 20mph with only trace dampness forming around my lower back after 25 minutes. Extended zippers beneath the arms are reasonably user-friendly mid-ride thanks to sensibly sized tags, and even with temperatures in double figures I've never needed to drop the main zip.
Drop-down tails are less common than they once were. Here there's a narrow strip designed to defend one's derriere from rain and other spray churned up along wet roads. It's surprisingly effective too, even off-road. Out playing on a borrowed gravel bike, cutting through churned bridlepath and forest trails, my back and buttocks remained largely dry. The outer shell also seems pretty hardy, showing little sign of trauma despite being ravaged by overhanging branches and brambles.
It hasn't missed a beat on longer, cold, wet rides either – water simply beads up and rolls away as I'd hope.
There are three sets of pockets: a shielded poacher that was large enough for half a dozen medium sized greetings cards, or a midi pump, two tubes, banana, spare AA batteries and pocket multi-tool. Up front, we have a decent sized breast pocket that will manage a 5inch smartphone or wallet. Two at the hip are perfect for keys and similar valuables, or just parking the hands at rest stops. Sometimes these can be badly designed, so larger bunches of keys can bounce around and feel obvious, but the Funkier has passed my jailer's bunch test with flying colours.
All told, the Funkier has been a very pleasant surprise. Those looking for a more relaxed commuter model that doubles as a general outdoor jacket with jeans would probably find the Altura Nevis III a better bet, but the Attack is well worth a closer look if you're in the market for a technical jacket at the more affordable end of the market.
Sporty technical jacket with some unusually nice touches for the money
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Funkier Attack Mens Waterproof Jacket
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the jacket 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?
It's a sporty budget training jacket with decent performance and better detailing than I have come to expect from this price point.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?
100% nylon waterproof
Full waterproof zipper
Raglan long sleeve
1 rear pocket with flap
Armpit air opening with zipper
Rear air opening (mesh fabric)
Extra rear folded bottom panel
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XXL, XXXL
Seems hardy enough on the strength of everyday riding with some forest fun thrown in for good measure.
Does a decent job of keeping the elements at bay without feeling clammy.
Better than I was expecting.
Sportier cut than typical at this price point and very welcome.
Quite generous – medium was perfect for me and I tend to wander between medium and large, depending upon brand.
Better than I've come to expect from this price point.
How easy is the jacket to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Very straightforward, so long as you remember the 30-degree, minimum detergent rule.
Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the Funkier has been a very pleasant surprise. A racier cut and thoughtful layout makes for an extremely practical speed and wallet-friendly training or commuting jacket. Occasional forest detours confirmed that the fabric is pretty rugged too. Models such as the Altura Nevis III are better choices for commuters who want a more civilian cut, but there's little to fault here.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket
Racier cut than I expected, plenty of pockets, and decent performance.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket
Nothing really stands out. However, worn atop really slippery jerseys the elasticated bottom could gather slightly.
Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes
Would you consider buying the jacket? Quite possibly for general riding.
Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's a decent jacket at a decent price with some nice touches.
About the tester
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)