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First look: Sportful Stelvio jacket

21 Apr 2017
Verdict:

Sportful's latest rain jacket is stretchier, lighter and more breathable than ever

Price: 
£240

Rain jackets usually come with some sort of compromise. They may be waterproof, but they get soaked with sweat, or they flap around.

Alternatively, like Castelli’s Gabba, they may fit snugly and breathe well but they don’t actually keep out driving rain. 

What if you could have the protection of a hardshell and breathability good enough for pro-level performance? After two years in development with its previous team Tinkoff, Sportful’s Stelvio jacket claims to offer both. 

‘The Stelvio brings three new attributes,’ says UK brand manager Paul Whitfield of C3 Products. ‘First, far more stretch than we’ve seen in a hardshell, so the fit and cut can be much more tailored.

Easily packable

‘Second, at around 160g it’s easily packable into the middle pocket of a jersey. Third, and most important, is there’s no point having waterproofing without breathability.’ 

For this Sportful has sourced an entirely new fabric from Japan, which it calls RainWick. It’s fully waterproof but the bigger deal is its breathability – 50,000g/m2 – which apparently makes it class-leading.

Watch a re-run of the soaking wet Stage 2 from this year’s Paris-Nice and you’ll see John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo, Sportful’s new team) working pretty hard in one to take second in the sprint.

Verdict: Sportful's latest rain jacket is stretchier, lighter and more breathable than ever.

£240, sportful.com

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