Northwave?s Team Jacket uses a two-layer, two-way stretch membrane with large mesh side panels to keep the rider cool.

The Briko had the heaviest weight fabric on test. The Team offered good wind and water resistance but stained quickly. A tail keeper is appreciated, but stowing it in a rear pocket reveals that this was not a top priority in the design.

Briko?s Beta close-cut Dynamo L fabric did an admirable job of wind protection as well as providing a surprising amount of water resistance, especially considering the thinness of the fabric. Underarm ventilation also worked well and there was a zippered rear pocket should you need it. Unfortunately it did not fold down small and easily fills a rear pocket.

Sportful?s Hot Pack folds into its own very small pouch and uses a very light fabric. With minimal weight it was a surprise to find that the protection against the wind and rain was excellent while shark gill underarm vents and a vent between the shoulder blades keep the jacket cool. A zip garage reduces neck rubbing and the smooth fabric resists staining.

The Briko and Northwave both performed well, with ample protection against the elements, but the Sportful is simply a very well thought out jacket and folds down small enough not to notice once stuffed into your back pocket.

Northwave Team Jacket £49.99

www.jimwalker.co.uk

Briko Beta Jacket £44.99

www.wiggle.co.uk

Sportful Hot Pack £49.99

www.sportful.com

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