Decathlon bills the Triban Cycling Rain Jacket as a jacket tailored for gravel.
Alongside spring and autumn commuting, gravel riding certainly feels like its natural home.
That said, its looser fit and hood make it less suited to endurance road riding. Triban Cycling Rain Jacket Gravel specs and performance
From an aesthetic perspective, the roomy fit suits baggier gravel shorts more than skin-tight bib shorts .
As a result, you’re probably best off looking elsewhere if you want a jacket for road cycling .
The £40 RCR Racer Ultralight from Decathlon’s other house brand, Van Rysel, is probably my favourite budget road-riding waterproof jacket.
Where that garment is easily stashable, packing away the Triban jacket isn’t so seamless.Trying to scrunch it into its chest pocket was a lengthy experience akin to packing down my pop-up Decathlon tent.After much struggle, it compressed into the pocket, albeit in a shape that’s far too big for any cycling jersey pocket to hold comfortably.Instead, you’ll need to use precious space in your bikepacking bags , if you have any.That said, the quartet of zipped pockets are well-crafted and offer storage practicality. The chest option, especially, is great for a phone and the shielded zipper adds waterproofing confidence.The other zipped pockets are positioned on either side at the lower frontal area, plus one just beyond the right hip.All have pretty hardcore zippers for defence against water ingress. They’re sizeable enough for an array of snacks too.The zips are pretty tough to undo one-handed on the fly, offering a good […]
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