With winter truly setting in after the autumn weather honeymoon in the Cape, it’s back to it’s old self living up to the name: The Cape of Storms
I have been riding pre-dawn most days a week, in mostly chilly weather. On the crisp clear days I have reached for the Adidas Supernova jacket for that 1st barrier against the cold air.
I’m 1.79m tall and fairly well built, and I still wear a medium. Adidas didn’t Euro Size their kit where I’d usually be reaching for a large. The cut is great with tapered arms and midsection, the small cuffs keep wind from sneaking up your sleeves, and the near perfect fit means no flapping in the wind even at high speeds descending. The tail is elongated to make sure it clears even the most well stocked pockets while still keeping the muck off your back if you cross any puddles. The neck line is soft, provides protection from the zip itself and runs nice and high up but not so much that you feel choked. It’s also generous enough that you can easily wear it zipped all the way without obstructing your throat as many competitors seem to do.
This is a superlight packable jacket, it feels ultra thin and folds away easily into a jersey pocket and weighs next to nothing. The main areas for concern are well covered to block wind, while porous under arm panels provide ventilation. It doesn’t have any pockets of it’s own, but the loose fitting waist easily allows you to lift and stow anything you may need to. The zipper feels well made and a thoughtful tab on the base helps you locate and close the zip if you’re unzipped or refitting the jacket on the move.
For cold air this is a great piece of technical kit, for wind cutting its ideal and is pretty good in an unexpected shower too as I found out. It provides warmth but is a lot more breathable than I would have thought, I was expecting to be shedding and refitting it at every climb but I ended up riding in it throughout entire rides, sometimes all you need is to drop the zipper a touch. It’s well made and thought out and I expect it to be in the kit box for years to come.