A good jacket that won't see you far wrong if you've teamed it with the right base layers
Versatility is stretched thanks to its accommodation of layering
Not great for the lowest temperatures
The good news is that without a base layer you can wear it through to spring — something not many jackets can match. Quality costs, but Assos’s spookily quiet returns department, coupled with a very loyal customer base means you shouldn’t be disappointed.
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The snappily-named Assos IJ.Habu.5 winter jacket is the Swiss company's ‘early winter jacket’. For us, that means a temperature range of about 6-12°C. You might think that’s a little high for a real British winter, but realistically, with a thick base layer underneath, or a gilet over the top, this jacket handled colder temperatures really well. Not recommended as a sole 'winter jacket', but great as part of a layering system.
This jacket is excellently made from quality materials, and feels great to wear. It has three rear pockets, two of which are zipped. Zipped pockets can be a bit love/hate for many riders but if you get back from a cold winter's ride with your house key still safely in one of the secure pockets, you'll be glad of that zip.
The fit is ergonomical, so very comfortable on the bike and looks good too.
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