Café du Cycliste Madeleine gilet review

We put the featherweight Café du Cycliste Madeleine gilet through its paces and find it well up to the job

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A technical, protective piece of clothing that can be stuffed away. It's a testament to its great performance that I haven't ridden without it in weeks.

Reasons to buy
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    Breathable back

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    Good fit around arm holes

Reasons to avoid
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The humble cycling gilet is one of the true bike-riding must-haves, but still it seems strange that such a tiny bit of fabric as the Café du Cycliste Madeleine gilet is so technical. Yet, when you're out riding you realise its true worth.

The Café du Cycliste Madeleine gilet's selling point is its weight: at 99g it's tiny, easily folding away into a rear pocket. It's the lightest gilet I've tested by a country mile, but it's the fact it can generate the level of warmth it does despite being a mere sliver of material that impresses me.

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