The Planet X Hydrosphere waterproof jacket does a great job of keeping you dry in really bad conditions, which is impressive when you consider the great value pricetag
Details could be finished better
Think you need to spend the earth to stay dry on the bike when riding in wet weather? Think again. The Planet X Hydrosphere waterproof jacket is a great piece of kits that will protect you from the elements without breaking the bank.
According to the manufacturer, the Planet X Hydrosphere waterproof jacket has 18,000-20,000mm waterproof rating, which means that if you put a 1in x 1in square tube over the fabric, you could fill it to a height of 18,000-20,000mm before water started to leak through.
In layman’s terms this means that the Planet X Hydrosphere waterproof jacket will keep you dry through some pretty apocalyptic conditions, something which is helped by the taped seams which prevent water from leaking in inbetween the panels.
Breathability is something that is also fairly good. Overheating is a frequent problem when wearing a waterproof jacket of this ilk, but Planet X has done a pretty decent job of stopping you getting too hot even when you’re working hard in the hills.
Watch: buyer's guide to waterproof jackets
The fit of the Planet X Hydrosphere waterproof jacket is also nice, with the material coming with a three way stretch which makes it easy to fit layers underneath if you're riding in particularly cold conditions. However I did find it a little bit baggy on the chest, although not to the point where it generated too much windflap.
There are only a couple of areas where it becomes possible to tell that this isn’t a super-expensive jacket, and where the finish is less than luxurious. Firstly there’s no fleece lining around the neck, so it can be a little be sweaty if you’re working hard and it’s sitting close to your skin, and the cuffs are tightened using a velcro strap, which makes the Planet X Hydrosphere waterproof jacket more reminiscent of a commuter jacket than a road jacket.
However, it’s hard to argue with the price. That £99.99 RRP has currently been lowered to £49.99 on the Planet X website, which makes for a compelling prospect.
For more details visit the Planet X website.
Omnium: What is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Omnium and how does it work?
Get to know the Omnium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
By Tim Bonville-Ginn •
Hope's secret Olympic time trial bike didn't go to Tokyo but it will go into production next year
Cycling Weekly gets an exclusive look at the first prototype of the roadgoing Team GB Olympic track bike
By Simon Smythe •
'Otherwise I won't be able to sleep for a week': Ganna and Küng miss out on Olympic medals by slimmest of margins
The world and European champions miss out by a matter of seconds over 44km course
By Jonny Long •