Words: Katherine Moore (@katherinebikes)
Designed by Evans Cycles’ own clothing team, the FWE Coldharbour waterproof jacket and gloves are a strong choice for any hardy city commuter when the weather turns foul, or the devoted road cyclist who wants to stay seen in a downpour.
Dark evenings and inclement weather are no match for this kit; thoughtfully designed to withstand the best of British, from icy mornings to gales and torrential rain. Choosing the right kit lets you focus on remaining safe in the saddle and getting to your destination in comfort.
Coldharbour Womens Waterproof Jacket
When it comes to being seen, it doesn’t get much brighter than FWE’s Coldharbour jacket. Fully flouro for daytime visibility and with taped reflective detailing across the shoulders, arms, collar and back for hours of darkness, you’ll have the best chances of being spotted on the road. But there’s so much more to this essential winter commuter’s staple than first meets the eye.
The shaping of the waterproof jacket is incredibly practical without leaving you feeling like another member of the hi-vis brigade. With enough space for layering on colder days, it’s easy to throw on over lycra underlayers or even a casual outfit to nip out in the evening. FWE have managed this without producing a baggy, shapeless jacket, as the clever cut nips in at the waist and flares at the hips, producing an unmistakably feminine outline. Then there’s the adjustables – an elastic pull cord on the hem and velcro sleeve cuffs help to optimise the fit and exclude any chilly draughts.
The jacket material, although slightly rigid to hold its shape, is stretchy to aid comfort in the saddle, as well as the soft fleece lined collar and zip housing that prevent any sores. The Coldharbour is a versatile outer layer, available in a wide range of sizes from XS to XXL and also comes in navy blue with the same reflective detailing. At a retail price of £84.99, this is fantastic value for a highly technical jacket that’ll keep you on the road all winter long.
Evans claims that their FWE kit has been “Avidly tested by our cycling mad staff on the roads and trails of West Sussex and Surrey”, which is totally believable when it comes to the jacket, packed with commuter friendly features, such as the chest ‘napoleon’ pocket. Large enough for a phone, cash or set of keys, it’s a great way of keeping valuables close to hand and gives that peace of mind that they’re safe.
On the rear of the jacket, sitting on the lower back is a single large pocket. With zip entries on either side, it’s the perfect size for a number of items from essential bike tools through to the last ingredients for dinner. In winter we always seem to be carrying more with us on our bikes; extra layers or snacks, so this large pocket comes in very handy indeed.
So just how waterproof is the FWE Coldharbour jacket? With fully taped seams, zips and specialist three layer fabric, the jacket withstands precipitation from a light drizzle to torrential rain. Droplets bead instantly on contact and simply roll off the fabric. What’s even more impressive is that the jacket also remains both warm and breathable at the same time, unlike some waterproofs that’ll keep the rain away but make you sweat buckets inside!
Available in sizes XS – XL, in Yellow or Black. Reduced from £84.99 to £67.99 – see it here.