Pinnacle Competition Cycling Jacket review

A reasonable price and great weatherproofing - but let down by its breathability

Image shows a rider wearing the Pinnacle Competition cycling jacket
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Pinnacle Competition jacket is a robust garment suited for commuting in miserable weather. Compromises have, however, been made. Weatherproofing has come at the cost of breathability; the jacket may well have you turning up at work in quite a sweaty state.

Reasons to buy
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    Very weatherproof, will keep you warm and dry

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    Large pockets

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    Can be shaken dry and folded up small for easy storage at work

Reasons to avoid
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    Slightly overpriced

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    Complete lack of breathability

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Designed for the safety conscious commuter, the Pinnacle Competition jacket is meant to be a versatile jacket on and off the bike. It’s fair to say the design is somewhat utilitarian and embraces function over fashion. It’s available in either black or bright yellow, and both colourways feature reflective strips designed for maximum visibility. 

The jacket packs up small, meaning it’ll fold into a drawer in your desk or your jersey pocket. The jacket is designed to be as waterproof as possible, meaning it’s not particularly breathable but is good for the wettest, coldest days. A number of factors go into a good winter jacket - we weigh these up in our guide to the best winter cycling jackets.

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Tom Epton
Freelance writer

Tom Epton is a freelance writer and data scientist. Originally training as a scientist after completing his studies in physics he realised that cycling was what he wanted to spend his life thinking about. Now he works with manufacturers, athletes and teams using cutting edge data science methods to find performance gains. Tom writes primarily about sport-science and tech!