What they say: When you’re not sure what the weather has in store, the Beacon Gilet provides the protection you’ll love, and with it’s LED personal visibility you can stay out to ride, day or night.
What we say: OK, so this doesn’t quite fit the brief for a ‘lightweight’ gilet (it’s 280g) but we had to share this new product because it’s so bells and whistles. First off, it’s made from a four-way stretch fabric that allows masses of free movement. It’s also fully waterproof, and extremely wind resistant, and has two rain-proof flaps to allow access to your jersey pockets.
The really clever bit, though is the pair of integrated USB-rechargeable 160-Lumen Ultra High Brightness front lights and a 22-Lumen (UHB) rear light, providing up to 72 hours in flash mode (12 hours in constant beam). And if that isn’t enough visibility for you, a wealth of reflective surfaces are integrated into the material. Available in sizes XS-XXL, it comes with its own carry sack and a 100ml bottle of technical apparel wash.