RRP: £ 379.99
Reviewer: Mikko Nieminen
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For winter use, I want a jacket that is both waterproof and warm. The X-Tour jacket from Spidi achieves this through its water and windproof H2Out membrane. For added warmth, the jacket has a 200gr removable internal thermal lining.
On the bike the jacket feels very comfortable. There are two Velcro adjusters on sleeves, which help get the fit perfect (disappointingly, my arms aren’t big enough to fill most sleeves). There’s also a Velcro adjuster to pull the waist in if you haven’t been home at dinner time (even more disappointingly, I rarely need to tighten these).
There are EN1621-1 certified Forcetech protectors on shoulders and elbows, which feel substantial and protective in all the right places. The jacket is also ready to take a back and chest protector but these are sold separately. I opted for a Compact Warrior back protector (RRP: £44.99) that attaches to the mesh lining with Velcro. It’s OK, but moves around a bit too much for my linking and doesn’t really fill me with confidence. Instead, I have been using a separate wearable back protector with this jacket, which makes me feel much more protected.
There are four outside pockets, two of them waterproof, and two waterproof inner pockets. The pockets are all easy to get to and all the zips are easy to operate even with gloves on, which is a good job as you have a total of three main zips to do up (with the thermal lining included) when you put the jacket on or take it off. There are also zips at the cuffs to help get gloves under the jacket.
Overall, this is a very nice piece of kit. The fit is comfortable and the materials are good quality stuff. The jacket keeps cold and rain at bay and it can be transformed into a summer jacket too. The zips work well and once you have upgraded back protection, it’s a great jacket.