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Gear Review

2 5

Not up to LG standards

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, about a 6 hour drive/ferry trip north of Seattle. It rains here, and I have owned great Louis Garneau products in the past, so a cycling jacket called the Seattle Jacket seemed like a no-brainer. I wore it for three weeks before the fall rains started and I had a good chance to test it.
I'm sorry to say it failed miserably on several counts.
Fit - Poor. I'm 5'8" tall , 160 lbs,and I bought a Medium. It's so short it rides up to my waist no matter what I do with the draw-string, and it's so wide in the trunk and sleeves it flaps wildly in the wind.
Quality - Needs improvement. The zipper jams every time I use it; impossible to use while I'm riding.
Design - Needs improvement. There are no air vents that work, they are layered flaps with no openings so you can't adjust air flow.
Waterproof - No. In the first Port Alberni rainfall, on a 20 minute commute, the water soaked through on the shoulders, which really didn't make any difference because I sweat so much every time I wear it anyway even though the temperature is only a few degrees above freezing.
I expected better from Louis Garneau and I will be returning this tomorrow.