Alpkit Women’s Arro Vest and Jacket review

Alpkit’s packable windproof layers are budget-friendly and sustainable, but how well do they hold up on the bike?

Alpkit Arro Vest and Jacket Review
(Image: © Future / Adam Dolling)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Comfortable, packable and great value outer layers that do an excellent job of keeping your core warm, but let down by breathability issues and an oddly placed pocket.


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    Comfortable and adjustable fit

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    Soft and durable fabric

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    Packs down into a jersey pocket

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    Keeps warmth locked in around your core

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    Stands up well to light rain showers

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    Lovely colour

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    Available up to UK size 18

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    Very reasonably priced


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    Arro Jacket doesn’t breathe at all (‘boil in the bag’)

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    The side pocket is difficult to use as storage for valuables

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Despite its status as a relatively small company, Alpkit has made a big name for itself as an outdoor gear company which designs and manufactures good quality clothing and equipment sold directly to the consumer at wallet-friendly prices. 

Back in September 2020 it became a B Corporation, which means it meets “the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability”, making it a choice retailer for eco-conscious adventurers and the like. Furthermore, Alpkit offers a 25-year guarantee on many of its products alongside repairs, in a bid to create products that last.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike