If you’re after a warm winter jacket that’s well made and will prove durability with warmth, then the Santini H-Way Windstopper jacket will be hard not to recommend it. It’s got all the features you need to keep warm and dry, whatever the weather throws at you.
Industrial strength winter protection
Quality materials and construction
Lots of sizes and colour options
Fabric is a bit stiff
By Paul Norman published
The Santini H-Way winter jacket comes with everything you need for winter riding.
For starters, it’s made of Gore Windstopper Fuga fabric. This is, as its name suggests, windproof, but also water resistant and fleece backed for insulation. Gore includes a membrane in the layers of the fabric to achieve this. This makes it a bit stiff, but means that you are well protected from whatever the weather decides to throw at you on your ride. Santini quotes a temperature range from +5C all the way down to -8C.
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This sounds about right. The Santini H-Way jacket is good for those really cold winter rides, but get towards 10C and you need to start unzipping to feel comfortable. Because the fabric is stiffer than some, you need to unzip a bit futher to start feeling the cooling effect. The windproofing is very good at warding off cold winter breezes though.
The Santini H-Way jacket has a dropped tail, high collar and stretch cuffs, so it’s effective at keeping draughts out. The underside panels in the arms are made of a lighter weight fleece fabric for a bit more stretch and a good fit.
As well as the yellow accented jacket which we’ve tested, there are also red accented and mainly black options. The left sleeve is all-yellow, adding some extra visibility, although it’s on the wrong side for UK riders. There is also reflective taping along the top of the large, open rear pockets.
The Santini H-Way jacket is made in Italy, well put together and feels very robust, so although it’s not cheap, you’re likely to get many winters’ use out of it.
UK distributor Zyrofisher stocks the Santini H-Way jacket in a wide range of sizes, from Small all the way through to 3XL and Santini also makes XS and 4XL variants, so you should be able to find a jacket to fit. Unlike some Italian brands, sizing is pretty accurate for UK riders too and there’s enough stretch and room to layer up when you need to.
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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