As cyclists, we're obligated to love our morning coffee. It can take a lot to get us away from it, especially when getting away from it involves heading out into an unforgiving winter landscape to log those all-important base miles. Assos makes it easier to put the cup down and pick the helmet (and gloves, and thermal cap, and shoecovers, etc.) up with its Men's MilleJacket_evo7. The MilleJacket is an update on the iJ. ShaqUno jacket, making it the point of entry for Assos quality in cold-weather kit. Like its predecessor, it has a surprisingly thin body but offers the wind protection of a jacket much thicker. The key to the jacket's cold-weather qualities is Plutocrat Light, a material whose tongue-in-cheek name hints at the wealth of winter protection that it provides. Plutocrat Light is a windproof material used for the front panels. It's also breathable and maintains enough give to keep you comfortable while stretched out on the bars. Of course, there is a trade-off between those qualities, and Assos supplements fit by constructing the sleeves and back panels of a more flexible, breathable material that also sacrifices some wind protection. The result is that your core stays protected and you enjoy more accommodation across your upper back, shoulders, and arms for tucking into the drops, reaching for a bottle, or just draping yourself across the bars. The added breathability is especially important for work/rest cycles like hill repeats or intervals. It manages internal moisture so that a few hard exertions don't leave you wallowing in a clammy chill for the rest of the ride. In total, Assos uses eight different materials and 12 components comprising 23 individual patterns across the MilleJacket, a construction that's every bit as complicated as the act of getting up and out the door for cold-weather base miles can be a struggle. No one wants to face the chill of winter days in the saddle, but doing so can be the difference between DNF and being present i...
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