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Madison Shield jacket review

Madison Shield jacket
11 Nov 2015

The Madison Shield is a great jacket for the cold-blooded amongst us.

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Made of slightly heavier-weight fabric than most cycling-specific jackets, the Shield nevertheless packs down into its own relatively small stuff sack – thanks largely to its lack of a mesh lining. This can lead to a funny feeling straight against the skin. It also means the Shield is little help against the cold, so we think it would work best when paired with a long sleeve jersey, perhaps something merino if you really want to push the boat out.

The reflective detailing on the back, shoulders and cuffs all hint at a slightly more commuter-oriented jacket, as does the more relaxed fit. It is still longer at the rear, and it has elongated arms, but an aggressive racing bike position might leave you feeling a little exposed. That said, the looser fit does lend itself to layering up, perhaps over the aforementioned merino long sleeve.

The jacket is totally waterproof, with taped seams, but this does reduce the breathability quite a bit. Added bonuses include a totally waterproof rear pocket, which is plenty big enough for mid-ride essentials. The elasticated cuffs are a welcome addition on cool, autumnal mornings as is the storm flap behind the main zip.

If you’re a heavy-sweater, or rather hot, you’d be better off looking elsewhere but if you’re the sort of person who values warmth and waterproofing above all else, the shield could be just the ticket.


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