It goes without saying, but I’ll mention it anyway… we all like to feel insulated when riding our bikes, whatever season we happen to be in.
There is nothing worse than being miles from your destination, longing for the journey to end because your body is cold. I’ve been there. I’ve felt that. And it is not a nice feeling at all.
If, like me, you ride through every season, thermal layers really come into their own, which is why I was keen to check out Sprayway’s new Corran Thermal Mountain Hoody.
I have had the opportunity to test Sprayway products for years, and I cannot recall any item that has disappointed me, the Corran being no exception. It is so easy to wax lyrical about an item of clothing, especially when you are a fan of a particular brand, but in the case of Sprayway, their products have seen me through some severe weather conditions, particularly as a backpacker and mountaineer. Now I am heavily into biking again, nothing has changed in my outlook, apart from age, that is, but then I put the crinkles down to too much sun exposure.
Anyway, here we find ourselves plunged back into the depths of winter, a time when Sprayway put their ‘Function First’ ethos into practice, taking centre stage in product design.
If you wear a long-sleeved, crew-necked baselayer, and like to add a mid-layer, then the Corran will suit you just fine. Seated in a copy café, you can remove your outer jacket and feel cosy thanks to the Corran’s soft and versatile, high pile fleece, with its added warmth factor. Yep, it’s certainly snuggly. It’s constructed from Sprayway’s Core C™ 250 (don’t worry, I checked), a luxuriously soft brushed pile fleece made from 100 per cent recycled polyester, offering high levels of warmth, breathability, and excellent moisture-wicking performance, all without the bulk.
Features include a central front zip opening that uses a reverse zip for protection from cold winds and drafts. There are tech fleece panels to the sides, cuffs and hood, which help to reduce the overall bulk of the jacket and aid moisture wicking. The hood comes with an elastane-bound face edge so you’ve also got protection from cold winds and drafts. There are two zipped hand pockets and a chest pocket, and the self-fabric cuffs have thumb loops so the fabric doesn’t bunch up when putting on a leather or fabric top layer.
Comfortable, warm, stylish, and a great layering option, what’s not to like…
The Corran is priced at £90, www.sprayway.com