The Cryoshield is a new addition to the range of clothing from D2D with a more winter-targeted technical jacket. If the winter chills have exposed a gap in your cycling wardrobe for a winter jacket capable of keeping the worst of the cold at bay, then this might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The Cryoshield jacket from D2D cycling serves up a lot of features for its £45 pricetag, compared to a similar Endura, Gore or Rapha jacket that would set you back considerably more than this. The jacket is designed to be fully windproof and water resistant using a softshell. We received the jacket in late November in readiness for putting it through its paces during winter training.
A beautifully branded D2D package arrived with the jacket inside, no signs of anything other than a premium product for us to conduct testing on. Coming in either blue or red we elected to try out the red and give us some extra visibility in those winter training sessions. We have been testing this in a range of winter temperatures and on rides ranging from short blasts to 50 milers, the Cryoshield provides impressive protection. All our testing was in proper winter conditions with sub 5 degree temps and we experienced no build up of heat, nothing resulting in any discomfort or toasting that some jackets tend to suffer with.
The ﬁt is great, fitted but not a slim fitting size like a summer road jacket. As a 6ft 3in cyclist I tend to struggle with the length of tops but with this jacket in a Large it was plenty long enough for me with no risk of any crop top moments. The jacket is fleece lined that removes the need for at least one layer providing insulation from the elements through the coldest of winter days. The softshell fabric doesn’t let the heat out quite as well as some but for wearing in winter it’s a trade off worth making for something this comfy and with a full length zip there is plenty of scope to increase airflow where the mercury rises.
The jacket comes complete with a water resistant zipped pocket on the chest, three standard pockets and a waterproof zipped pocket on the rear, so storage is well catered for. There’s plenty of room for winter ride essentials such as essential scooby snacks you might need along the way.
For riding when conditions turn ugly and the wet stuff appears, this jacket is certainly water repellent, keeping you dry in light rain and even snow but if riding for more than an hour in constant rain you might find the jacket is being pushed too far and a fully waterproof shell might be in order. We rode for over an hour in continuous rain with plenty of surface water and it kept us dry and warm in conditions around 5 degree centigrade. The reflective rear trim is welcomed to help provide better chances of being seen in low light but probably one of our only complaints is that we wished it had some extra reflective elements over more than just the rear of the jacket to help with some of the soft shell trim reflective in particular on the arm sleeves.
The cuffs and waist band are elasticated but don’t have any adjustments with any zips or velcro strapping to make any significant changes but wearing a range of under layers and gloves we didn’t find this a problem.
The longer length of the jacket helps with this as it sits lower on the hips with a longer tail and gives plenty of coverage from spray from the rear wheel. You can tell that a great deal of thought has gone into the overall design of this jacket. There is an attention to detail all over this jacket and is certainly a useful addition to your cycling wardrobe.
A superb quality winter jacket to provide protection from the elements with a fitted cut all for a price tag that is hard to match