What they say: Powered by Alpha Direct fabric, it balances lightweight insulation with best-in-class breathability.
What we say: This might well be one of the lowest-priced gilets here, but it’s no less feature packed. Star of the show is probably the Polartec Alpha Direct fabric with its lovely, soft touch, fleece-like backing that traps air to help moisture transfer as well as create a temperature boundary.
Easily packable to fit in a jersey pocket, it weighs just 161g, comes in XS-XXL, in either a black or navy/green color way. With a ‘performance’ cut, the outer layer is windproof and coated with a DWR treatment that sees rain bead off. Four mesh pockets bring up the rear, including a zipped one for valuables.
Conclusion: A superb balance of features, function and fabric at a price that’s sure to be a winner.