Giro Chrono Expert Wind Jacket review

Lightweight, packable and an effective windblock, but with an unusual zip orientation

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Giro Chrono Expert Wind Jacket is lightweight, packable, breathable, windproof and water resistant – making it a great extra layer to take on cooler days, or even just as an emergency backup. It has a close fit with the 2 way stretch fabric retaining complete freedom of movement while still minimising wind flap. The only criticisms to make are that there is no access to jersey pockets or additional pockets and that the zip mechanism is mounted on the right side, which is the opposite of essentially all other zip designs.

Reasons to buy
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    Packs into own pocket

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    Highly breathable

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    Not too flappy

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    Reflective detailing

Reasons to avoid
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    Zip is on the ‘wrong’ side

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    Doesn’t have its own pockets or access to jersey pockets

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The Giro Chrono Expert Wind Jacket is a lightweight and packable windbreaker, designed to be paired up with a breathable fleecy jersey in chillier weather or over the top of a lightweight jersey to fend off chills on long descents and cool summer mornings.

Although perhaps best known for its helmets, the California-based company also has an extensive line in clothing and footwear.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg