Madison Sportive Hi-Viz Waterproof Jacket – here
Available in two colours – ‘Purple Reign Reflective’ or ‘Lime Green Reflective’ – this jacket serves to answer the call of those seeking visibility without turning themselves into a walking and riding traffic cone. It’s all about classy visibility that’s easy to pack away should the weather improve.
Madison are calling this the ‘most visible product’ they’ve ever made, yet it’s a world apart from some of the flouro yellow beacons available elsewhere.
“We had to light the jacket up so the rider can be seen in low light conditions without affecting the breathability. After months of testing and tweaking… we’re really happy with the result” – Madison Clothing Senior Brand Manager Russell Whitaker
Describing the journey the jacket has taken to completion, Madison Clothing Senior Brand Manager Russell Whitaker said: “We were asked by our Madison Genesis Team riders to create the ultimate winter training jacket, so we set to work in finding the correct fabric and cut for the job. The team have been racing and training in our award winning RoadRace Apex jacket for a couple of seasons, so that formed the basic pattern for the design. From there, we had to light the jacket up so the rider can be seen in low light conditions without affecting the breathability. Using regular reflective panels would have been a compromise as they don’t allow sweat to transfer back through the fabric, so the pixel dot fabric was engineered with our mill. After months of testing and tweaking with both our team in the office and our pro’s out on the road, we’re really happy with the result”.
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To achieve visibility without relying upon fluorescence to do all the work, Madison have used a Pixel Pot fabric on the shoulders, arms and back. Each small dot reacts to the bright beams of car headlights to make the rider stand out.
Waterproofing is taken care of – the seams are fully taped, sleeves and rear are extended, and this jacket has passed 15k waterproofing tests. That means you could fill the fabric with 15,000mm of water before it would begin to leak.
Breathability has been kept at front of mind, and there are vents under the arms. There’s no mesh lining however – the intention here being to make the jacket light and packable should conditions swing wildly (as they tend to do in British autumn time).
In terms of fit, this jacket is cut to allow for winter layering, without leaving too much excess fabric which can become irritating. There’s a single zipped pocket at the rear, and an elasticated hem to keep everything in place.
And if you’re not convinced it’ll last the test of time? Madison offer a lifetime warranty on this garment (as well as all of the others) to ensure your confidence is inspired. We’ve yet to take this jacket for a spin, but we’re excited to be adding it to our winter test schedule.
Sizes: 8-16, RRP: £99.99, see it here
Of course, as essential as a good jacket is – you can’t ride in a jacket alone (however protective it might be). Here are a few suggestions for what to pair the waterproof with…