A gilet is one of the most useful and versatile pieces of kit you can own and a well considered one like this is good to find.
The Race Lite gilet isn’t the lightest, the most pared down or the warmest option available but it marks a good balance between usefulness and weight saving. At 120g the Race Lite is light enough to pop into a jersey pocket without worrying, and it packs down plenty small enough to make that easy too.
The breathable polyamide fabric is rugged and soft to the touch, with no annoying rustling, and it is wind and weather resistant. A three-quarter mesh back means it ventilates well without sacrificing the protection of a windproof front and sides, and you get reflective accents for added visibility. The shape of the body and the elasticated hem and arm holes make it a decent and effective shape for women as well as men.
Zips at each side allow for easy access to rear jersey pockets. The gilet does not have any pockets of its own, which is a little tricky if you favour a baselayer rather than a jersey underneath, but a redesign very soon means there will be a small zipped security pocket as well, and a roll-away hood.
It stows down small, weighs very little and does a great job of allowing easy temperature adjustment on the fly. Available in red, blue, or white, sizes small to XL.
Well-designed and well-made gilet
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Shutt VR Race Lite gilet
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?
Aimed at all riders, on and off road, for easy temperature adjustment with minimal weight penalty.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, definitely.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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, 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.