A hugely popular jacket for winter, the Aspira controls condensation better than most jackets and is also warmer than most, making it ideal for the worst of winter weather. The material is different to others, yet it works really well at keeping out driving rain. The jacket is longer than most with excellent movement in the sleeves. There are four chest pockets, three of which are map-sized. As the jacket is warm you get upper arm vents to help keep you cool. The hood fits over helmets and has a wired peak and good adjustment to allow good movement when climbing. The Aspira also comes in a smock version and this year there is a ladies’ version too. Great jacket for winter action. But the extra warmth can be a drawback if the winter weather is fickle and strangely warm. Also the weight of the jacket is higher than most, although in cold weather you won’t need as many extra insulating layers of course either. The hood does not move or fit as closely as some others tested here. You can force water through the jacket when sitting, but it tends to dry very fast.
Outer: Nikwax Windproof
Inner: Nikwax Analogy Pump liner
Fabric waterproofness: water resistant/waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight: 918g (men’s L)
Made in Colombia
Stores in UK: 50
Verdict: Heavy but with exceptional condensation control, and the warmth is a real advantage in cold weather while the features are ideal.