RRP: £147.59 / www.hevik.com / Tested by: Ross
I’ve been wearing Hevik’s Madsen short wax-cotton jacket right through the winter on my short commute into the office – and I’ve got to say, I’ve been very impressed with the comfortable, lightweight and casually styled bit of kit.
Of course, it’s by no means a serious winter jacket, and if I was travelling more than a few miles each way, I’d probably opt for something a little more substantial. But for a simple and straightforward waterproof jacket, which looks smart both on and off the bike – I reckon it’s spot on.
It is surprisingly well equipped, with a removable thermal lining to keep out the cold, zipped air venting on the shoulders and back for when the weather finally warms up – and leather detailing at the neck and cuffs too. And best of all, to help keep you safe on the road it comes with CE level 2 protection at the elbows and shoulders – with a pocket provided for a back protector too.
In short, I reckon the Madsen jacket from Hevik is a great alternative to a traditional leather jacket. It’s stylish and comfortable, but also surprisingly versatile too. It’s kept me warm and dry through the winter, and I have full confidence that it’ll look after me just as well when the weather warms up. And I think it looks great. Don’t you?