Bespoke founder Barry has been testing the Defend jersey:
Scandi's do bad weather well. There was a common consensus at this year's World Championships in Yorkshire that it was no surprise when a Dane won - he simply outlasted everyone else.
So I was very excited to try some of the new 2019 Autumn/Winter Pas Normal range when the weather turned; these guys get weather even worse than we do here in the UK.
I am a big fan of bright clothes in inclement conditions; I know we all use lights as well these days, but anything extra helps when it comes to visibility on the road. I also find bright clothes improve my mood in the mist and rain!
PNS call this "bright red"; which is weird because it's more orangey than anything.
I find writing clothes reviews very hard. It's quite binary; you choose a clothing brand because you like what they represent and how they make you feel, and these days there's a wealth of choice when it comes to high performance gear.
In my experience the guys who like PNS really like the brand. Whilst some people think it's overpriced and don't see the hype. The beauty of opinions...
The Defend is their jersey for inclement weather; much like Castelli's Gabba which created the genre of "waterproof/breathable jacket/jersey hybrid".
I have had a few Gabbas and loved them. The Defend is just as appealing. Is it better than a Gabba? That's very hard to say, but the fit is great for me, I like the colour and I like the brand. So more times than not I will put a Defend jersey on when the weather is gloomy.
It breathes quite well; anything at tempo and it's fine. One night i was doing Vo2 intervals in it (purely in the interests of the review obviously...) and I found it's limits; coming home I had a wet baselayer. But that's not a massive surprise, any jersey is going to struggle there, and for 99% of my riding its perfect.
The question of Long Sleeve vs Short Sleeve is a tough one. If the weather is really bad and I know I am not riding fast I will often go long sleeved.
But if the weather is changeable, or if my route will have some decent climbs in it, I prefer to go short sleeved and run arm warmers. I personally find that I much prefer to be cold than too hot; I hate being on a bike and not being able to take layers off.
For arm warmers I am using the latest PNS Control ones. I really like them; it's not that hard to do a good arm warmer but it's surprising how many times brands miss the mark. These are perfect; warm, nice cut and with a good solid gripper.