Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shutt Velo Rapide Lightweight Gilet - first look




Good things come to those who wait, and the Shutt Velo Rapide Lightweight Gilet is indeed A Good Thing.

In my case the wait's been about 6 months, having done some R&D skunkwork for Pete and Lauren back in 2013 on the prototype. The new 2014 gilet is just the business, arriving in time for 'spring' as the season is now according to Radio 4.

Standout features include:

Roubaix fleece-lined collar - silky comfy warm, and not too tight to accommodate the neck of a jersey or a jauntily-worn Buff underneath. 
Two nice deep elasticated pockets - as the things most likely to go in them are arm/leg warmers.
Reflective piping down the zip and sides


Here's the 'official' list:

✶ 100% Windproof front panel and rear panels
✶ Reflective Shutt logos front and rear
✶ Fleece Lined collar for extra snugness
✶ Zip Garage to stop chaffing
✶ Waterproof membrane
✶ Ripstop fabric
✶ Mesh side panels prevent overheating
✶ Silicone gripper elastic bottom hem to stop the gilet riding up
✶ Full length reflective zip with chunky glove friendly puller
✶ Reflective pipping front and rear
✶ Two large storage pockets for your extra essentials
✶ Coolmax trim around the arms hole for extra comfort

The GâteauVélo scales of semi-truth tell us it's bang on 150 grams - not bad for all the features and £75. You can pay twice that for something not much lighter with no pockets or fleece collar. The gilet rolls up into a fist-and-a-bit size bundle, which fits easily into a jersey pocket.

 

Can't wait for a chilly-but-not-too-chilly day, not heavy rain, to get out there and give it a thrashing. Something tells me it won't be long. Stay posted.

You can find the Shutt crew in an Oxfordshire shed @ShuttVeloRapide and https://www.facebook.com/ShuttVeloRapide


UPDATE Feb 2014: having taken the gilet out for a couple of long rides in low temps and decent winds, it does what it says on the tin, and does it very well. Can't fault it.

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