After testing of the holding The Trick end of 2014 , X-Bionic sent me the new jacket SphereWind Winter Light.
As always, the Swiss brand offers a very technical product, intended to face the coldest conditions.
Despite its small thickness, X-Bionic indicates that this winter jacket is ideal for rolling when temperatures fall below 0 ° C. In addition, the jacket benefits from a water repellent treatment which should allow to remain dry even when the elements bind against the cyclist and the rain mingles with the cold.
Effective enough to justify its price 289 € ?
In order to protect from the cold, the front part of the jacket is windproof. The material is embossed and extremely thin, so much so that one wonders how it will be able to play its protective role in negative temperatures.
In the back, there is the 3D Bionic Sphere technology ( see details here ), which ensures optimum climate inside the jacket. Its purpose is to maintain the body at 37 ° C by evacuating excess moisture outwards during exercise.
As winter cycling outerwear, the biker jacket has many reflective elements on the sleeves, sides and back. Elements far from being anecdotal and with an increased surface to ensure the cyclist of winter trips in all serenity.
The jacket is rather sober front view. Only the back and 3D technology Bionic Sphere present on the spine is a little more original, without being unpleasant.
At the back, there are 3 elastic pockets + 1 zipped pocket. The central pocket is quite wide while the side pockets are a little narrower. As for the zipped pocket, it will protect keys, money or identity papers, but not a modern smartphone exceeding 5 inches.
The cut is very close to the body. The collar of the SphereWind Winter Light goes up fairly high and there is a protective flap at the top of the YKK Ziplock.
Only the sleeves look a little short.
On the road
My fear about the length of the sleeves is confirmed by taking a position on the bike. It lacks 2cm to be good and not to have skin surface in the open air.But I must say that my arms are long enough.
Announced for temperatures below 0 ° C, I find that the jacket is too light for these temperatures. With a long-sleeved underwear quality, it goes up to about 6 or 7 ° C, but not less. Below, one leaves the zone of comfort and one feels slightly the cold to interfere.
To be able to face negative temperatures, it will clearly need 2 layers in addition to this jacket in my opinion.
On the other hand, the range of use is very wide, since even at 15 °, it remains bearable and the ventilation of the 3D Bionic Sphere allows not to sweat too much.
The water repellent coating is also very effective and will allow to face an unexpected rain, but it will have to remain transient. Do not expect to stay dry for more than an hour in heavy rain. But if they are simple showers to the program, you will be sure not to get wet.
Price: € 289
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