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Nalini Fiuggi Gilet



Well made, versatile top, great for chilly mornings or changeable conditions

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This windproof gilet from Nalini is a simple and effective bit of kit that's a very versatile addition to your wardrobe. Warm enough for cool mornings but not too hot to keep on once the sun emerges, it's a good choice for Spring and Autumn runs.

The gilet is mainly fashioned from a thickish roubaix fabric with a fairly open weave. The fleecy inner is both warm and comfortable but the loose weave means it's not too hot on the climbs. The front of the gilet also sports a layer of MantoTex windproofing which does a very good job of keeping the breeze off your vitals. At the front there's a full length zip and a slightly raised collar; to the rear there's three deep pockets and a slightly dropped tail. Construction is very good, with tidy seams and nice detailing.

I've been wearing this gilet for two months and it was on my back in the Pyrenees a few weeks back over a couple of cols. In fairly warm weather on the climb of the Marie Blanque it never got too sweaty, and descending from the Aubisque in a chilly fog it did a great job of keeping me warm. It's a good choice for days when you're not sure how the weather will pan out (most days, then). Stuff a pair of armwarmers and a lightweight jacket in the pockets and you can cope with most conditions, and should the sun make an appearance you won't bake.


A well made, versatile top that's a handy addition to your wardrobe.

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Make and model: Nalini Fiuggi Gilet

Size tested: XXL

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

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Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs  My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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