Huez Starman gilet review

The Huez Starman gilet is a very lightweight piece of kit, exactly what you're looking for in a packable windproof gilet, but does it still perform well...?

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Huez Starman gilet is windproof, very lightweight, and packs down, but the innovative design doesn't seem to stand up to real world use, and it's not the most practical.

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    Packs down very small

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    Very lightweight

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    Real questions about durability

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    Loose fit means it flaps even in light wind

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    Difficult to access rear pockets

The Huez Starman gilet is exceptionally light at a very svelte 91g in size medium, nearly 40g lighter than the similarly priced Rapha gilet, and comes in a fetching damson colour. It rolls up into its own zippered pocket, which fills a jersey pocket, although it can be squashed down to about half the size if needed. There are reflectives on the sides at the back as well as the Huez signature asterisk on the left side of the rear for UK riders.

Other interesting features of the Huez Starman gilet include a “quickburst” zipper which can be ripped apart using the black front finger tabs, i.e. without using the zipper mechanism. There’s an opening at the rear secured with four press-studs, that, theoretically at least, allows you to access your jersey pockets.

In use, however, it disappointed. I found the size medium suggested by the sizing table to be a little baggy. Although the high collar kept wind off my neck and the long tail provided good rear coverage, the body, armholes and waistband were loose, resulting in wind flap and billowing even at low speed, a constrast to similarly constructed but much more competitively priced gilets such as the Endura Equipe Race and the Mavic Aksium vest.

Some of the other features left me pondering. The press-studs on the rear opening are difficult to open and even harder to close without stopping, although the gaps between them are large enough to get at jersey pockets without using them anyway.

The quickburst zipper, though a neat idea, was difficult to use even when stationary, requiring both hands and a strong tug to operate. Worse, I even managed to rip of one of the tabs while getting to grips with the Huez Starman gilet, raising real questions about this product's durability.

For more details visit the Huez website.