Sportful's Fiandre line is named for the infamous spring classics that take place in northern Europe, races with courses and conditions so hard that only a select breed of cyclists will even bother to show up. As the flagship jacket of the Fiandre line, you might expect the No-Rain Jacket to be peerless when it comes to protecting your body's microclimate from the cold and wet of late fall, winter, and early spring. Well it is.
The latest model was upgraded with even more foul-weather protection, making it a true winter training jacket; however, conditions like 2013's San Remo (or 1980's hellish Liège) prove that even the "temperate" spring classics can still warrant winter-level protection. Overall we should note that, though it does offer exceptional rain protection, we feel this jacket is best as a thermal/wind-resistant item first, and a water-resistant item second.
Sportful built the Fiandre No-Rain Jacket with a blend of three materials. The stomach, chest, and lower back, formerly made of Windstopper 4 Way Light, are now made of Windstopper 4 Way Mid, which is a more protective material that doesn't stifle your core when the pace picks up. The arms are Windstopper 4 Way Warm, which is 25% more insulated than 4 Way Mid. The distribution of these materials around the jacket means that your torso, which generates more heat during exercise, is less insulated, so your excess body heat can escape even while the cold wind is being blocked. Your arms, on the other hand, don't generate as much warmth while riding, so they're given the plush thermal benefits of the 4 Way Warm.
Regardless of insulation weight, both are among the stretchiest versions of Gore-Tex's Windstopper fabric. And since they're Windstopper, they're also water-resistant and literally classifiable as windproof, a condition that is quantifiable by a rating called Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). CFM measures the volume of air that passes through a fabric in one minute. In order to be considered truly "windproof," a fabric must register a CFM of equal to or less than 1.0, and anything bearing Gore-Tex's Windstopper label either meets or exceeds this rating.
The final material is No-Rain Thermal, which is really just Sportful's standard thermal material— ThermoDrytex Plus—with the benefits of Sportful's nanotech water repellent treatment. Though it isn't enough to keep you dry in a monsoon, it'll hold off light rain, road spray, and snow no problem. Since it's not a laminated membrane, No-Rain Thermal's water-resistance also doesn't compromise breathability, so it serves to dump excess internal moisture that even the breathable Windstopper membranes would struggle with.
Unlike the Light No-Rain Top, its sister jacket in the Fiandre line, the No-Rain Jacket features Sportful's Bodyfit Pro cut, which is the same fit that teams like Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo ride in the peloton. The exaggerated rear hem stows with snaps, the zipper is waterproof, and the high collar with a ThermoDrytex neck seal adds an additional barrier to the elements. The three color swatches range from subtle to bold, but they each feature one main color with contrast detailing.
- A cycling jacket for racing and training in wet, damp conditions
- Gore Windstopper membrane breathes and blocks the weather
- Water-resistant thermal inserts further boost breathability
- Protection is tailored to protect more vulnerable areas
- Road spray from the front is blocked by waterproof zippers
- Tall collar and dropped hem extend coverage to neck and chamois
- Lie-flat elastic maintains race-appropriate fit in front
- 3 rear pockets for stowing cold-weather accessories