The jacket uses a windproof material on the top half of the chest, shoulders and the front of the arms, and a stretchy softshell fabric on the rest. It’s also fleece-lined throughout and that, combined with the windproof panels, has made the Kuro jacket suitable for all but the very coldest of winter riders over the past month. Combined with a good base layer, the jacket has kept us warm at temperature close to freezing. The jacket is also water resistant enough to shake off light rain – the kind which so often falls in the UK – and road spray.
There’s a simplicity about the Hors Categorie jacket, in that it’s designed to be worn exclusively with a base layer and keeps you warm in doing so, but it’s packed with neat features, the best of which is an ‘invisible’ zipped chest pocket, found on the inside of the jacket, which makes it a cinch to answer your mobile phone, grab a couple of coins for that mid-ride coffee stop or reach for your keys once home.
Otherwise, there are three pockets at the rear, big enough to stow winter riding essentials, as well as an additional waterproof zipped pocket and a soft, high collar with an oversized zip garage to ensure there’s no chase of catching your chilly chin on the zip. Attention to detail is also excellent, with the jacket as neat on the inside (no loose thread, immaculate stitching) as it is on the outside and all logos embroidered so they should stand the test of time.