Santini Reef Rain Jersey review

Brutal racing, cobbles, wind and driving rain characterised Lars Boom’s epic win on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France. His garment of choice for these conditions? The Santini Reef Rain Jersey.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A great jersey that will give you confidence ahead of bad weather. A couple of flaws prevent the Reef from scoring full marks.

Reasons to buy
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    Water resistance is good

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    Wind proofing is good

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    Lower RRP than Gabba

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    Long tail

Reasons to avoid
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    Only two rear pockets

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    Bunching on chest

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The Santini Reef Rain Jersey was developed alongside the Belkin team. In terms of protection, this lengthy development process has clearly been worthwhile.

Santini claims that the Reef Rain is designed to be worn over a long-sleeve winter jersey or short-sleeve jersey with arm-warmers. However, we were more than comfortable while wearing a light base layer and arm-warmers — even while riding in wind and rain, at the bottom of the jersey’s suggested 8-15ºC temperature range.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.