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Santini Vega Multi jacket review

19 Nov 2021
Verdict:

A seriously effective winter jacket for keeping out the rain and the cold

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
229
For 
Waterproof, Very comfortable, Good price, Warm
Against 
Fit could be slightly improved

Santini is known for its versatile performance gear and this Vega Multi jacket is no exception. Made from Polartec fabric, the Santini Vega Multi is claimed to be waterproof up to 5000mm and has a microporous membrane which makes it breathable and lightweight. It's available in both men's and women's variants, with the men's version costing £10 more than the women's.

It is also completely thermowelded, which means it isn't made by the traditional sewing method, but instead using bonding machines to form the seams.

The brand says this helps the jacket lay flat and closer to the body, and the combination of the thermowelding and Polartec fabric means water can't get through the seams.

This I can confirm to be true as I tried it out in some drizzle (all the wet weather that was available – sob) and to make sure it could handle a downpour I also ran it under the tap where it performed marvellously.

There is something deeply satisfying seeing water droplets wobble around as they fail to penetrate material. 

Notably, Santini says the jacket is designed for 'the harshest weather conditions'.

I can't say I took this jacket to the Arctic to try out such conditions, but I can say it has kept me warm and dry on very cold morning rides.

Santini Vega Multi comfort and fit

With some waterproof jackets there can be a tendency to lean less on the side of comfort, but the Santini Vega Multi is very soft to the touch and feels great on the skin.

Having followed Santini's size chart, I tested a size XL which fit well, although it could have fit a bit tighter around the chest area and collar but I'm really nit-picking here. Sizing down to a large didn't work, so it was definitely a fit rather than sizing issue.

I wore a base layer and a jersey underneath the jacket, and a pair of H20 Vega gloves.

I should add the H20 Vega gloves are great for keeping hands warm, are touch screen compatible and water resistant, but don't have the pressure-relieving pad you might want for long distance cycling.

This isn't designed to be an aero piece of kit, unlike the Assos Dyora Spring Fall jacket, and it isn't trying to be, instead the Vega Multi offers a comfy, relaxed fit, ideal for everyday riding both long and short and for layering up in the cold.

I didn't have any issues with the jacket riding up when on the back as it has silicon strips along the bottom which help keep it firmly in place.

The jacket also features three decent sized rear pockets plus a neat zip pocket for valuables which is really handy. 

Personally, I really like the reflective stripe down the back of the jacket which makes you brilliantly bright for whoever else is on the road to see.

It also has some reflective detailing on the shoulder band and back tail.

Santini Vega Multi bottom line

The Santini Vega Multi is a warm and functional winter jacket.

It might look simple to the untrained eye but it's actually a highly technical piece of kit which will keep you warm and dry in the worst of weathers and at £229 it is also reasonably priced.

Maybe I’ll take mine to the Arctic.

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