Icebreaker Hyperia Lite jacket review

The Icebreaker Hyperia Lite jacket provides all-round insulation which will serve cycle commuting duties too

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Icebreaker Hyperia Lite jacket is a good option for cold weather commutes, with enough insulation to be comfortable without overheating. It’s easily packable if you start to get warm on your ride. It also makes a good warm up/cool down piece for before or after events.

Reasons to buy
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    Warm without being bulky

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    Room to layer up underneath

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not a cycling specific cut

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Icebreaker is progressively expanding its range beyond baselayers. But it retains its emphasis on merino wool, with the Icebreaker Hyperia Lite jacket using merino for its insulation layer. Called MerinoLoft, this consists of 88% merino wool batting under a water repellent outer shell layer.

It’s designed to be machine washable, with the advantage over down that the insulation doesn’t ball up and lose insulation efficiency when it gets wet. The outer shell of the Icebreaker Hyperia Lite is made of Pertex Quantum Air fabric, which is very lightweight and also water resistant.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.