I think the feeling is unanimous that winter has well and truly kicked in.
As much as we might try to hold on to those blissful memories of summer cycling, eventually we have to give in to the cold days and reach for the thermals. That’s where Sportful come in; both the Luna tights and jacket saw me through the night shift on a 24hr time-trial in the depths of October, so I am ever confident this is the kit of choice when it comes to the chilly days ahead.
Sportful’s Luna Softshell Jacket
Sportful’s Luna jacket isn’t packable but is the perfect option for those cold days in the saddle where you know you will need a jacket for the duration.
A softshell front of the jacket and sleeve inserts work right the way through to the shoulder area to better protect you, whilst the back and underside of the sleeve are panelled using the lighter thermodrytex plus material to hold the warmth and maximising breathability. The heavier material on the front is further complemented by a wind-blocking material layer behind the zip and a high collar which is super snug and makes all the difference when it comes to keeping that extra heat in.
The elasticated hem keeps the jacket in place without being too tight. The sleeves are also elasticated at the cuffs to hold them in place but given that the elastic here is much looser you may want to pop a long sleeve base-layer on to stop any cold draughts, especially if you have skinny wrists as I do.
The Luna jacket is a comfortable fit giving a little extra room for any additional layers you might want to add. There are three rear pockets providing ample space with the depth of the pockets allowing you to tuck any valuables right in.
The overall design is classic and elegant. The jacket is highlighted with coral to make you more visible to other road users but not in such a manner that it looks garish or out of place. The embroidered Sportful logo on the rear of the jacket is a subtle nod to the brand and matches the logo on the leg of the Luna bib-tights.