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The Santini Redux Stamina Women's Vest Gilet is form-fitting, light, and packs down very impressively given the warmth it provides. Well-positioned wind panels give good defence, while allowing good breathability elsewhere. The price is very high, though.
The Redux Stamina is made in Italy from Ghisallo stretch-woven fabric, and its checkered lining is Polartec Delta, which is very effective at keeping you warm on chilly starts. The collar is cut high and feels wonderfully cosy thanks to the thermal lining.
A light windproof fabric has also been added to the chest area, across the shoulders and the top of the back. It's well-placed to provide defence against brisk winds, while also supporting excellent breathability across the lower back and belly for an all-round comfortable riding experience.
The Redux Stamina has a slightly more relaxed fit than some, with a longer front than the Assos' UMA GT Spring/Fall Airblock Vest, for example. This increases its versatility for use in both racy evening dashes and all-day endurance rides, and also across the seasons as there's room to fit warmer layers beneath.
It's well-judged at the arm openings; no wind sneaks in here. Overall the cut is tightest around my chest, but still roomy enough for another layer, and loosest around my belly – it should accommodate a range of rider shapes. The fabric across the lower front and round the back is stretchy, which helps with the close fit.
The zip is robust and features a very sizeable tag, which genuinely helps with unzipping on the go. The 3.5cm wide elasticated band at the rear is half covered in silicone grippers – it's low profile and ensures the gilet stays put effectively.
Instead of pockets at the rear, there are two slots for reaching the pockets of your jersey underneath. There's enough stretch in the back panel to fit over fully-stuffed pockets, too.
This slot design is great for keeping the weight low, but I still find it a little nerve-wracking every time I return something like my phone, worried I'll stick it between the two layers by mistake and miss the pocket...
Although the gilet doesn't have an integrated stuff sack or rear pocket for packing, it easily scrunches to a very manageable size. As it's far from bulky I found myself taking it on every ride, even those with never-ending blue skies – it's nice being able to put it on when sorting out a mechanical issue at the side of the road.
At just 89 grams, this is featherlight for its warmth. For context, the Assos UMA GT Spring/Fall Airblock Vest is 148 grams in the same size small.
I had the black version on test, and the large reflective Santini logo – plus a vertical stripe of microdots – give some visibility, but there's also the option of a brighter Granatina Orange for added visibility.
Priced at £140, the Santini's is pretty much at the tippy top, of even the premium options. The Spatzwear BurnR Gilet is around the same price (£134.99), but arguably has greater versatility as it can be worn as a baselayer or midlayer too. The Assos UMA GT Spring/Fall Airblock Vest costs £130, but it's not quite as compact or light.
There are much cheaper options though, such as Galibier's Izoard Pro Gilet at just £53.48, though on the downside it's only just about packable enough.
The Redux Stamina is an extremely well-crafted technical layer you'll find yourself reaching for all the time – for all sorts of rides, across all the seasons. It's effective at keeping you warm, while also being breathable, and small enough to carry with you on every ride. The only real issue is the price.
Impressively warm for its pack size and weight, while also breathable – if expensive
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Santini Redux Stamina Women's Vest Gilet
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
Santini says: "A Genius garment for all seasons."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
"LIGHT AS A FEATHER
Ghisallo stretch-woven fabric engineered to reduce drag, with an internal checkered flock printing layer to keep the temperature. The light windproof fabric on the chest and shoulders
Internal lining in extremely insulating POLARTEC®'S DELTATM thermodynamic fabric
EASY STORAGE ACCESS
Double rear opening allows easy access to your jersey pockets
Reflective Santini logo and microdots on the rear for extra visibility on the road."
Very well made.
Very light for the warmth it provides.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
All good when machine washed at 30 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Defends very well against the wind while still being breathable, packs down small, and weighs very little – so it's great when not in use, too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The positioning of the windproof fabric.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The price, and the lack of a two-way zipper.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's expensive even for the premium options, but it's not far from the Spatzwear BurnR gilet and the Assos UMA GT Spring/Fall Vest.
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 overall score
This is an extremely well-crafted technical layer for all sorts of rides across all the seasons. The price is high but it's worth it – and Santini can offer some substantial reductions.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Gravel riding, indoor turbo and rollers, track
Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.