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Gear Review

4 5

Trial 1: Dry Performance

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I figured I would be the first to start a review on this new jacket. My initial impressions were not "wow" as there are no back pockets, the pit zips are short and the front closure is not a welded zipper. There are many other jackets for those who want storage and bells and whistles BUT then again, the entire concept of this jacket is to be as minimalistic and light as possible and it truly is that. I don't even notice it when I out on the bike. I did need to get a size smaller as I am shorter but still on the broad side.
In terms of non-rainfall performance, this jacket is damn good and works well as a wind barrier. It breathes very well without the need to open the vents BUT if you run hot like me then you will need to eventually ? open the flood gates? so to speak. While the front zip is not welded, it is attached to a mesh vent underneath the storm flap as to allow great venting. You could zip the jacket all the way down but still have it ?closed? with the Velcro patches so you get amazing airflow without having the jacket fly open and flail around. It was like having a wind tunnel funnel air all throughout the inside of the jacket. So far in coldish weather (7degC), the jacket does very very well over a jersey only. The reason for the 4 stars only is that I have yet to try this jacket in a steady rainfall. The lack of the welded zipper on the front worries me BUT the storm flap covering it may provide adequate coverage. I ride in light rain, down pours or mist and so I am looking forward to testing the limits of this jacket. ?Cheers?es