Santini BETA Winter Windstopper jacket review

Created to provide protection from harsh elements in temperatures below freezing, the Santini BETA Winter Windstopper jacket looks surprisingly lightweight, so while winter is refusing to disappear just yet, we tested it to the fullest in sub-zero conditions

Santini BETA Winter Windstopper jacket
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The lightweight and low profile Santini BETA Winter Windstopper jacket is, as always, beautifully constructed, but it promises an awful lot of weather protection, and unfortunately doesn't hit the mark this time by not providing enough warmth for winter.

Reasons to buy
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    Female and male versions

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    Reflective detailing

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not fit for purpose

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    Low neck line

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    Short pockets on women's specific version

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The Santini BETA Winter Windstopper jacket was nearly over looked this winter and added to the spring testing pile due to its incredibly thin and lightweight characteristics, which certainly weren't on a par with the usual winter garments, with even the excellent performing low-profile Castelli Alpha Ros jacket coming in at over a third heavier and includes a double layer.

So it was with eyebrow-arching surprise that it claimed to be the ideal riding partner in temperatures of between plus five and as low as minus eight degrees celsius.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.