Not as breathable or as foldable as some windshells, but a good budget choice.
Good arm length and rear coverage
No stowage when not wearing
Runs a bit hot
This One Ten Element windshell jacket is made from a stretchy translucent yellow fabric like the Santini. Venting is via underarm and side seam mesh panels and further mesh under a protective windstopper panel on the upper back. The cuffs and hem are elasticated, although they are not that tight. There’s a windproof backing and a garage to the zipper and the collar is high and lined, although again this is not a very tight fit.
There’s no stowage option, so you just have to fold the jacket down and stuff it in a jersey pocket. This results in quite a bulky package which will consume most of one of your three rear pockets.
The overall fit of the jacket is not all that tight and there’s a bit of upper arm windflutter at speed. Arm length is good but tail coverage is okay only, so you might get a bit wet from wheel spray in a shower.
The jacket runs quite hot and there’s a bit of a boil-in-the-bag feel once you get working, so you may need to pull down the zip to let a bit more air in. The zip puller is quite small and a bit fiddly to use, but otherwise everything works fine and this is a good budget option.
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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.
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