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Lusso Aqua Repel Jacket

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Product Description

Windtex Storm Shield Fabric which is a lightweight thermal, windproof, water repellent and waterproof.
Designed with 4-way stretch that fits and adapts perfectly to the body.

Key Features:
  • Breathability: >10,000gr/m2 x 24hr
  • Water Column: 10,000mm guaranteed
  • Full Front Zip
  • Storm Flap
  • Long Tail
  • 4 Rear Pockets (1 Zipped)
  • High Neck
  • Reflective Strips on front and rear
  • SC9 Hem Gripper
  • Made in Manchester, UK.

    Lusso Aqua Repel Jacket Reviews

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    Overall Rating:
    4.7
    out of 5
    4.66
    Build Quality
    5.00
    Performance
    4
    Value For Money
    5.00

    Customer Reviews (1)

    5
    Excellent and Versatile Jacket

    Given that England is currently experiencing a 30°C heatwave I've yet to test this jacket in cold weather, hence the four stars for performance. What is immediately clear is that the material is completely waterproof, I placed the sleeve under a tap for about ten seconds and the water simply ran off and the material itself was left bone dry afterwards. It is worth noting that the seams are not sealed so water ingress through the stitching would be likely in prolonged heavy rain. Luckily, seams can be sealed pretty easily, a cursory YouTube search brought up a lot of tutorials on how to do this, so it isn't too much of a problem. The jacket is fairly close fitting, but my size small looks as though it will allow for a few other layers to be worn underneath in really frigid temperatures. I'm 170cm, 64kg and a size small provided a perfect close fit, I suggest ordering your normal size for a comfortable sporty fit or go a size up for a more relaxed one. There are three standard deep pockets at the rear of the jacket with mesh bottoms for water drainage, there is one zipped pocket that accommodates my android smartphone fairly snuggly, this should suffice for all but the largest of devices. The collar is high and seems as though it'd do a good job of keeping the wind out, but again I've been unable to test this comprehensively. The material is surprisingly thin, and provides a good amount of stretch. The jacket can be rolled up very compactly and also offers very good breathability, especially given the waterproof properties. The rear extends well over the rider's ass and the front is also an excellent length, short enough not to crumple when you're hunched over but plenty long enough to provide protection from the elements. The gripper is fine, it could be a bit grippier if you want to be picky but this really makes no difference. My only concern is that this jacket may suffer when the temperature really plummets, however all other reviews of the item haven't suggested this to be the case. Overall, this jacket provides superb waterproofing, impressive versatility and a pleasant, understated style. When you consider that the garment is manufactured in England, the value for money is seriously impressive. I thoroughly reccomend the Lusso Aqua Repel Jacket to anyone seeking a breathable, waterproof softshell for use on cold autumn or spring rides, as well as during the winter months in the UK or northern Europe where weather conditions may be unpredictable.

    Given that England is currently experiencing a 30°C heatwave I've yet to test this jacket in cold weather, hence the four stars for performance. What is immediately clear is that the material is completely waterproof, I placed the sleeve under a tap for about ten seconds and the water simply ran off and the material itself was left bone dry afterwards. It is worth noting that the seams are not sealed so water ingress through the stitching would be likely in prolonged heavy rain. Luckily, seams can be sealed pretty easily, a cursory YouTube search brought up a lot of tutorials on how to do this, so it isn't too much of a problem. The jacket is fairly close fitting, but my size small looks as though it will allow for a few other layers to be worn underneath in really frigid temperatures. I'm 170cm, 64kg and a size small provided a perfect close fit, I suggest ordering your normal size for a comfortable sporty fit or go a size up for a more relaxed one. There are three standard deep pockets at the rear of the jacket with mesh bottoms for water drainage, there is one zipped pocket that accommodates my android smartphone fairly snuggly, this should suffice for all but the largest of devices. The collar is high and seems as though it'd do a good job of keeping the wind out, but again I've been unable to test this comprehensively. The material is surprisingly thin, and provides a good amount of stretch. The jacket can be rolled up very compactly and also offers very good breathability, especially given the waterproof properties. The rear extends well over the rider's ass and the front is also an excellent length, short enough not to crumple when you're hunched over but plenty long enough to provide protection from the elements. The gripper is fine, it could be a bit grippier if you want to be picky but this really makes no difference. My only concern is that this jacket may suffer when the temperature really plummets, however all other reviews of the item haven't suggested this to be the case. Overall, this jacket provides superb waterproofing, impressive versatility and a pleasant, understated style. When you consider that the garment is manufactured in England, the value for money is seriously impressive. I thoroughly reccomend the Lusso Aqua Repel Jacket to anyone seeking a breathable, waterproof softshell for use on cold autumn or spring rides, as well as during the winter months in the UK or northern Europe where weather conditions may be unpredictable.

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    4.7 out of 5
    Build Quality: 5/5
    Performance: 4/5
    Value For Money: 5/5

    Size Chart

    Men's Cycling Jackets Size Guide

    SizeChest (cm)Chest (Inches)Outside Sleeve Length (cm)Outside Sleeve Length (Inches)
    XS 87 - 90 34" - 35" 79 31"
    S 91 - 94 36" - 37" 81 32"
    M 95 - 101 38" - 40" 83 33"
    L 102 - 109 41" - 43" 85 33.5"
    XL 111 - 117 44" - 46" 87 34"
    XXL 119 - 123 47" - 48" 89 35"
    XXXL 124 - 129 49" - 51" 91 36"

    Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

    Waterproof Jackets Guide

     

    Waterproof Jackets Guide

    Let’s face it. If you’re cycling for any length of time in the UK, you’re going to need a waterproof jacket in your clothing arsenal. In our waterproof jacket guide we’ll arm you with all the knowledge you need to choose the best rain proof jacket for your needs.


    Waterproofness

    Before you buy any waterproof jacket, you’ll want to know whether it is 100% waterproof, or simply water resistant.

    To be classed as waterproof, a jacket must have taped seams and weather proof zips to ensure no water seeps through to your under garments. These jackets will also have a DWR coating on the outer layer that makes water droplets bead up and roll off the garment.

    Water resistant jackets are cheaper and will offer light rain protection but should not be used during heavy downpours as water will make its way to your clothing underneath.

    Cyclist wearing waterproof jacket
    Water Resistant JacketWaterproof Jacket
    • Waterproofness rating of 5,000mm and under
    • Fabric will be treated with a DWR (Durable Water Resistance) coating
    • A minimum waterproofness rating of 10,00mm
    • Taped seams
    • Weatherproof zips
    • DWR coating on outer fabric

    How is waterproofness measured?

    Waterproofness is rated in millimetres and usually based off the Static Column Water Resistance Test. A column of water is placed on top of the fabric and the level at which water begins to seep through to the under layer is recorded in ‘mm’. The higher the rating the more waterproof the jacket is.

    Waterproof measurements?

    • 0 - 5,000mm: Splash/rain proof but not waterproof
    • 10,000mm – 20,000mm: Waterproof in moderate to heavy rain
    • 20,000mm – 30,000mm Plus: Waterproof in the heaviest conditions

    Breathability

    After waterproofness, breathability is the most important factor when choosing your jacket. While these jackets will keep water from getting in, they’ll also stop water vapour (your sweat) from getting out and it doesn’t take long to get damp and sticky on a hard ride.

    A general rule of thumb is the more waterproof a jacket is, the less breathable it will be. However, there is an exception. Premium jackets will use advanced fabrics such as GoreTex that let vapour escape without letting water in. A jacket with a breathability rating of over 10,000g will help to stop that ‘boil in a bag’ feeling.

    Cyclist wearing waterproof jacket

    How is breathability measured?

    Breathability is measured by how much water vapour can pass through the fabric during 24 hours. This will be recorded in grams of vapour per square metre (g/m2) but is often simply rated as just “g”. The higher the grams, the more breathable the jacket is.

    What is a good measurement?

    • 0 - 5,000g: Standard breathability, you’ll get damp when riding hard
    • 10,000g – 20,000g: Good breathability when pedalling hard
    • 20,000g plus: Great breathability for all out efforts

    Great Features to Look for in a Waterproof Jacket:

    Fabric:

    Usually waterproof jackets will have an outer layer or nylon or polyester with a laminated inner membrane that lets water vapour escape, without letting rain in. Sometimes you’ll find a mesh layer inside the jacket for extra comfort.

    Durable Water Resistance (DWR):

    DWR is the first line of defence against the elements. It’s a treatment added to the outer layer of almost all waterproof jackets (except where the waterproof laminate membrane is the outer layer). It works by forcing water droplets to bead up and roll off the garment.

    The DWR coating will wear away over time so you will need a waterproofer such as Nikwax to reinstall performance.

    Close up of water droplets on fabric

    Waterproof/Breathable Inner Laminates:

    Enhancing breathability and waterproofness will be an internal layer (or multiple layers) of laminate membrane such as GoreTex. These laminates will be made of millions of tiny pores that are big enough for water vapour molecules to escape, but too small for liquid water molecules to enter.

    Premium jackets will come with more advanced laminates that are lighter and can transfer moisture away from your skin quicker.

    See our Technical Fabric Guide to learn more about key fabric technologies from the biggest names in cycle clothing.

    Close up of GoreTex fabric

    Cycle Specific Fit:

    Before choosing your jacket, consider the type of riding you’ll be doing.

    Road cyclists who train and race hard will want a tighter cut for improved aerodynamics. You don’t want excess flapping around in the wind causing extra drag.

    At the slower speeds of mountain biking and commuting a looser cut with more freedom of movement is what you’ll want. For commuting having extra space under your jacket to fit work clothing is a handy option.

    Cyclist in a bent over cycling position wearing a waterproof jacket

    Other general cycling specific features include:

    • An extended drop tail at the rear to cover your lower back when in a cycling position (some jackets will give you the option to roll up the tail into a pocket for ‘off-the-bike’ style).
    • A slightly raised front hem to reduce fabric bunching at your waist.
    • Articulated arms and elbows which are pre-shaped for cycling can improve comfort.
    • Elastic hem, collar and cuffs all keep the jacket in place and help stop rain from getting through.

    Packability:

    During the warmer months of summer, you’ll want a lightweight, packable waterproof shell rather than a bulky jacket. Look for packable jackets that you can stash in your jersey pocket or backpack, ready for if the weather turns.

    Most packable jackets will be water-resistant rather than waterproof, make sure you check the product description to see if it will fit you needs.

    Lightweight packable jacket

    Stowable Hood:

    Look for jackets which feature a stowable hood that will slip underneath your helmet. Removable hoods are ideal for rides where rain stops and starts. A cinch at the rear of the hood will help keep the hood fixed in place when you turn your head in different directions, so you don’t lose visibility.


    Security Pocket:

    When choosing a water-resistant jacket, make sure there is one pocket with taped seams and a zipper garage for storing your smartphone and other gadgets. This’ll keep them protected from the elements.


    Zipper:

    For a jacket to be waterproof it must not let water seep through seams and zips. Make sure there is a zipper garage to stop water from leaking through to your underlayers. A storm garage is a good idea for riding in harsh conditions.

    YKK zips are super durable to stand up to daily wear and tear. A full length zipper is a good option to improve venting when the rain stops and the sun comes back out.

    Cyclist wearing a jacket zipping the jacket up

    Visibility:

    If you’re planning on commuting in your jacket, choose one which includes reflective elements and bright hi-vis colour options. Some jackets like the Altura NightVision will come with integrated LED’s for extra visibility in low light conditions.

    Scotchlight reflective material will help you pop out from the background in car headlights. Bright block colour options are always a good option for day time visibility too. See our reflective jacket comparison to see just how powerful reflective technologies can be.

    Hi-visibility jacket

    Delivery & Guarantee

    Christmas Delivery

    We will try our very best to get your products delivered to you before Christmas, but due to Santa's overspill into our delivery services, we would like to make you aware that while we are making every effort to deliver your order to you in time for Christmas, there may be a potential risk of delay.

    The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Tuesday 18th December. For all other items the last date to order items that are available for Christmas delivery is 12pm on Wednesday 19th December.

    You can easily spot which items are guaranteed for Christmas delivery with the icon. Choose your size and colour to see if the item qualifies for Christmas delivery.

    UK Delivery Information

    We are committed to offering fast and free delivery, whether you're ordering bikes, accessories or clothing. Our standard delivery service is FREE to mainland UK, regardless of the size and on all orders over £20.

    Please note that bulky products and bikes shipped to outlying UK regions are excluded from free shipping.

    Please note that Pre-Order dates can sometimes change due to updated stock information.

    Click here for more UK and international delivery information.

    Returns & Warranty

    It's easy to return a product with our 365 day, hassle free returns. 

    We will give you a full refund or exchange on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

    Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

    If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

    For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.

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