Craft Active Bike Siberian Jacket

 

We’ve put the Craft Active Bike Siberian jacket through its paces on a long term test and we have been really impressed with the protection it offers from wind and rain, whilst also being very breathable.  This is a fabulously warm jacket that has drawn admiring glances from our training partners.

 

Craft Active Bike Siberian Jacket

 

We make no apologies for repeating ourselves when we tell you that Swedish company, Craft, know how to keep us warm when the weather is cold enough to challenge your resolve to go outside and the Craft Active Bike Siberian jacket is a great example of what they do best.

 

This jacket is made from a wonderfully soft and slightly stretchy soft-shell fabric that offers excellent protection from both wind and water.  We have been wearing it in temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to -5, sometimes with a serious wind chill factor thrown in for good measure, and it has stood up to the challenge extremely well, keeping us comfortable and dry in all but the most torrential of downpours. 

 

The warmth of the Craft Active Bike Siberian jacket is upgraded by a soft fleecy lining and this has meant that we have had to choose lighter base layers than we might have otherwise to stop us from overheating.   No doubt the wind guard behind the full zip helps too and overall we were really impressed with the way this jacket kept the elements at bay, especially given how light it is.

 

As you might expect, the fit is nicely ergonomic and works so perfectly with the body on the bike that off the bike you become aware of a slight pull across the front of the shoulders.  Once on the bike all you are aware of is the warmth and the fact that you are unrestricted riding on the tops or the drops.  Crucially, the generous length keeps the lower back nicely covered and there is no danger that it will ride up thanks to the design and the silicone gripper around the bottom hem.

 

The sleeves have a bit of extra length too and we found the cuffs overlapped our gloves nicely – an essential feature in any cold weather jacket.  Craft have included a really secure and surprisingly large rear zipped pocket – we found ourselves packing a bit of extra food along with the usual essentials, just because we could and we never regretted it.

 

The fit of the Craft Active Bike Siberian jacket is “regular” which means it follows the female form and nothing flaps about, but it allows for a good base layer without feeling tight.  We particularly liked the design of the neck, which is secure enough to stop wind from getting in but without us feeling strangled either – not an easy balance to strike – and the collar is finished with a fleece lining that feels quite luxurious against the skin.

 

The all-important visibility has been ensured by the addition of reflective inserts across the full width of the chest of the Craft Active Bike Siberian jacket and on the back from top to the bottom.  In addition there are reflectives across the top of the zipped pocket and Craft logos as well – it adds up to good all round visibility.

 

We tested the black and loved the contrasting red zip and red piping around the top of the neck, but if pink is your thing then you are well catered for too, again with contrasting features in a jacket that is surprisingly flattering for such a warm outer layer.  Oh and we should not over-look the convenience of washing at 40 degrees and it always seems to come out looking like new every time.

 

We know not to underestimate the warmth of Craft’s Siberian range because we have had the pleasure of testing items from this range before (booties and gloves) and the Craft Active Bike Siberian jacket is a great example of what they do so well; stylish, ergonomic, beautifully made and packing a serious amount of warmth that will keep you pedalling in all weather.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

Colours: Black/red, Hibiscus/black

Price: RRP £80 (but we’ve seen it for £48.00)

Website: craft.se Active Bike Siberian Jacket

 

Stockists:
www.chainreactioncycles.com

www.triuk.com

www.wiggle.co.uk

www.velotive.com

 

Value for money: 9/10

Performance: 9/10

 

Tested by Emma Sainsbury-Munn

 

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