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Hydrosphere 100% Waterproof Cycling jacket

If there's one thing we get plenty of in Sheffield it's rain. That's the twin joys of living on the edge of the Peak District, fantastic riding in amazing countryside, challenging hills right on your doorstep and torrential rain most of the year. Now, we're not fair weather cyclists here at Planet X. We're out in all conditions, come rain or shine (it is mostly rain though) so it's only natural that we've spent a fair bit of time pondering the perfect rain jacket. 

Truth be told, we've probably spent more hours testing the new Hydrosphere rain jacket than just about any other item of outer wear in our 365 clothing range. It's been through monumental downpours in Matlock, torrential rain in Tideswell and it has kept us bone dry in Buxton. We've cycled to work and back again for weeks on end and pushed its breathability to the limit on chain-gang rides week after week.

The Hydrosphere was created to be the ultimate rain jacket it combines smart design touches, quality fabrics and a form fitting cut that has been refined over literally thousands of miles and hundreds of hours in the saddle. The Hydrosphere was designed to be worn during the whole bike ride. It's small enough to pack away in a back pocket after the rain has passed, but with a breathability rating of 18-20k you can keep it on for the whole ride. Breathability is enhanced by our choice of a soft-hand polyester outer shell; it keeps the wind out and the rain off but is thin enough to promote moisture transfer from the inside out.

To ensure that the rain stays on the outside at all costs you'll find that the Hydrosphere is fully seam-sealed with heat taped seams from cuffs to collar. We've not stopped there, we've fitted a full-length waterproof front zip and kitted the rear pocket with another waterproof zip to ensure that your essentials stay dry no matter how much it pours down. With an overall 18-20k mm waterproof rating there's little out there short of a rubber Macintosh that will keep the rain out as well as the Hydrosphere.

There's more to making a great rain jacket than just choosing the best materials and fittings, and this is where the Hydrosphere really shines. The Hydrosphere is available in a huge range of sizes to suit every rider and every type of riding. We've scaled the proportions across the different sizes so that the smaller sizes are a better fit in the arms and torso for skinny racing snakes and adjusted the larger sizes in the waist and across the shoulders to better fit the body shape of more 'established' cyclists.

The Hydrosphere is perfect for any cycling discipline. With a 18-20k fabric breathability rating it's perfectly suited for all out efforts on inclement days, remember though, you might be used to a normal fabric front zip that lets more air through than our waterproof zip so don't forget to open your zip just a touch. The serious 18-20k mm waterproof rating proves that it will keep you dry on even the longest solo winter rides. The bright Fluoro version has definitively been made with commuters in mind and it shares the reflective logo, cuff and rear pocket details with the red version.

The Hydrosphere rain jacket is a great addition to our performance focussed 365 clothing range and once you try one we're sure that you'll agree, no other rain jacket offers as much versatility and performance for the money.

16 November 2015

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