"With a cupboard full of seasonal jackets. I guess the highest praise is that I always I find myself grabbing this one before I head out for a ride."
The Zenith is a brand new mid-priced waterproof from Madison's in-house clothing range. The cut is described as 'slim performance', but thanks to the four-way stretchy fabric, it feels very roomy and is extremely comfortable.The styling on this yellow model with blue zips looks modern, and it has kept its looks well despite repeated wash cycles and tons of muddy use. Details like the reinforced rubberised shoulders do a fantastic job at protecting the waterproofing from being rubbed off by pack shoulder straps.
The breathability and waterproof rating of the M:Tec fabric looks good on paper, and thankfully the Zenith is extremely effective at clearing out sweat and body heat. I used this jacket in everything from freezing temperatures and snow in the Lakes to spring-like conditions of eight to 10°C - with the underarm vents wide open - and found it very versatile. It's not one of those jackets you need to take off and put on all the time. The waterproof capability hasn't let me down yet and it 's impressively warm for how thin and unrestrictive it feels while riding.
With a cupboard full of seasonal jackets. I guess the highest praise is that I always I find myself grabbing this one before I head out for a ride.