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The Albion Zoa Rain Shell is my go to waterproof jacket, and not just for cycling either

The Albion Zoa Rain Shell is my go to waterproof jacket, and not just for cycling either

Another rainy January day rolls through, so we may as well go through the highs and lows of another jacket from our group test of the best waterproof cycling jackets. Yesterday we bought you the Endura GV500 waterproof jacket review, and today it鈥檚 another gravelly option in the form of the Albion Zoa Rain Shell.聽

It鈥檚 definitely not your classic road rain cape that鈥檚 for sure, and in many ways, it feels more like a traditional hiking waterproof modified for use as a cycling jacket, but given the choice of all the jackets I have on test this is the one I want to reach for most when I鈥檓 not riding on the road. It鈥檚 also the jacket I reach for to tackle hiking duties too, over and above my North Face Gore-Tex Pro shell, for day hiking at any rate.聽

Still, you didn鈥檛 come here to read a review for a hiking jacket, did you? I鈥檝e had the Zoa out and about on the bike in Cornwall in the rain, and also in the Lake District, also in the rain but in far colder temperatures. Why, then, is it my go-to? Who does it get to live on the hook by the door while the others live in the big box with 鈥淲ATERPROOFS鈥 scrawled on in sharpie?

Albion Zoa rain jacket

With little effort you can hunker down spectacularly well within the Zoa (Image credit: Will Jones)

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