Mountain Bike Jackets Reviews

Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura MT500 Waterproof Suit 2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura MT500 Waterproof Suit 2019
Endura MT500 Waterproof Suit

On the surface, it seems sensible, but it's taken a long time for the idea of a waterproof suit to finally become a reality in the mountain bike world. Last year seemed to be the year of the 'onesie' with several brands dropping their take on the ultimate wet weather outfit. Endura seemed a likely candidate for producing a good…

Jackets
2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Dirtlej Dirtsuit Pro Edition 2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Dirtlej Dirtsuit Pro Edition 2019
Dirtlej Dirtsuit Pro Edition

Dirtlej were the first bike 'suit' brand I became aware of, offering what appeared to be a waterproof onesie that appeared to be a cross between a set of biking kit and a hazmat suit. Roll on a few wet winters and Dirtlej now have a range of five suits to, er, suit any rider. There is now Classic, Pro,…

Jackets
2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket II 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket II 2018
Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket II

The MT500 range in the Endura line up is the flagship product range from the Scottish brand. With deep roots in the MTB world, they know a thing or two about keeping dry and comfortable when the weather gets inclement. Danny MacAskill is on the team, and their MTB range has been expanding in recent years. The MT500 Waterproof Jacket…

Jackets
2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Gore Bike Wear Power Trail Windstopper Insulated Jacket 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Gore Bike Wear Power Trail Windstopper Insulated Jacket 2018
GORE Wear Power Trail Windstopper Insulated Jacket

Gore Bikewear are producers of solid pieces of cycling kit that tend to fall into the category of functional and understated, rather than being bling and brand-centric. Their pieces are manufactured to high standards, utilise quality fabrics and incorporate neat detail touches. And so it is with the snappily named Power Trail Gore Windstopper Insulated (Partial) Jacket, a partially insulated,…

Jackets
2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Shell Amp Jacket Vario 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Shell Amp Jacket Vario 2017
ION Products Shell Amp Jacket Vario

The new Vario jacket from ION builds on the highly successful jacket from last year but is almost unrecognisable. Forgoing traditional hard shell waterproofing, the Shell Amp Jacket Vario, as it’s now called, is a three layer 'soft shell' allowing for a softer and stretchier feel while maintaining protection from the elements. All the seams are taped to keep the…

Jackets
2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Men's Moab Jacket II 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Men's Moab Jacket II 2017
Vaude Men's Moab Jacket II

Vaude continues to produce a vast array of outdoor clothing, and year on year they expand and improve their mountain bike range. Moab is the name which features heavily throughout their line up and this here is the Moab Jacket II. Soft shell, full zip and a hood are the first and simplest descriptors of the Moab II. Happily, it's…

Jackets
2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Gore Bike Wear Rescue Windstopper Active Shell Jacket 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Gore Bike Wear Rescue Windstopper Active Shell Jacket 2016
GORE Wear Rescue Windstopper Active Shell Jacket

The Rescue Jacket from Gore is a serious piece of clothing, and as the name would suggest, is designed to get you out of trouble. As such this is one lightweight jacket, the sort of thing a roadie might stash in their jersey for when their emaciated body starts feeling a chill at the top of some brutal horror of…

Jackets
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Dainese Atmo-Lite 3L Jacket 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Dainese Atmo-Lite 3L Jacket 2016
Dainese Atmo-Lite 3L Jacket

Dainese are an Italian company based around quality and the progression of usable technology. They have been creating innovative and ground breaking technology in the motorbike world since 1972 and more recently have turned their hand to the human powered bike world. You may have seen people flying down your local downhill track in Dainese knee and shin pads as…

Jackets
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Minaki Jacket  2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Minaki Jacket  2016
Vaude Minaki Jacket

The Minaki jacket is a hybrid jacket which combines Primaloft insulation with water resistant stretch panels to deal with serious cold weather riding. It is ecologically manufactured under Vaude's 'Green Shape' label which guarantees environmentally friendly, sustainable products. Green Shape includes Blue Sign approved fabrics which are independently certified as being environmentally and socially sound as well as Vaudes' own…

Jackets
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Shell Jacket Vario 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Shell Jacket Vario 2016
ION Products Shell Jacket Vario

The Vario promises to be everything you need from a winter riding jacket. As a full waterproof jacket it has taped seams, waterproof zips, plenty of draw cord adjustments and a hood that actually fits over a helmet. Vents are positioned on the back of the arms and two pockets, again with waterproof zips give space for stashing beer money…

Jackets
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Sweet Protection Delirious Jacket 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Sweet Protection Delirious Jacket 2016
Sweet Protection Delirious Jacket

Sweet Protection bike products have quickly risen to the same dizzy heights in popularity as their snow and water sports products, and are guaranteed to be spotted on riders out on the trails worldwide. The Delirious is a fine example of a minimalist jacket which shows that Sweet Protection are bang up to date with both design and material choice.…

Jackets
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Evoke Storm Shell  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Evoke Storm Shell  2015
Bontrager Evoke Storm Shell

The apparel line at Bontrager has been growing in recent years and it has become synonymous with high quality and style. The Evoke Stormshell is a soft shell jacket that sits right at the very top of their product line. Boasting top end materials the Profila material is light, extremely waterproof and highly breathable. The jacket boasts 20k/20k number count…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes AM Rainjacket  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes AM Rainjacket  2015
CUBE Bikes AM Rainjacket

Cube have been increasing their apparel line-up year after year, and now have a huge range covering every genre of the cycling market from road to gnarly enduro. The AM Rainjacket is from their all-mountain range, designed to be, in their own words, “the technical multi-sport series” and suitable for all weather conditions. It’s clear just from just holding it…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura MT500 Jacket  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura MT500 Jacket  2015
Endura MT500 Jacket

The MT500 Jacket has been in the Endura line up for a few years now, it’s a hard shell jacket built to withstand the worst the weather can throw at it. It is made using a 3-layer PTFE Protection fabric, but in addition it utilises Cordura in certain hardwearing areas like the shoulders. The jacket is rated for 28k breathability…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Fox Head Downpour Jacket  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Fox Head Downpour Jacket  2015
Fox Head Downpour Jacket

The Downpour is a new jacket for 2015 from Fox Head; it sits at the very pinnacle of the range with a pretty tasty price tag to go with it. It’s built from a new dual layer 4-way stretch material, which has an almost rubberised feel on the inside. The fabric has a 10k/10k waterproof/breathable rating, which will keep you…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Polaris Bikewear Summit  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Polaris Bikewear Summit  2015
Polaris Bikewear Summit

Polaris have been making top quality bike wear for some time and the Summit jacket is a strong reflection of that. It’s a lightweight 2.5 layer waterproof jacket that is fully breathable. 2.5 layer construction is about as light as you can get and has been used in the industry for a while, and the HydroVent fabric used in the…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Royal Racing Matrix Jacket  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Royal Racing Matrix Jacket  2015
Royal Racing Matrix Jacket

The Matrix jacket was a popular for the brand last year, and for 2015 they have gone for some tweaks rather than a complete overhaul. The fit has been made a little slimmer and waterproof zips have been added on the vents and pockets at the front. A softer cuff strap has been used to improve comfort and there is…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Trail MTN 10 Women’s  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Trail MTN 10 Women’s  2015
Scott Bicycles Trail MTN 10 Women’s

The Trail MTN 10 jacket from Scott is a true high-spec, all-round lightweight mountain outer layer, for biking, hiking, long drizzly beach walks, winter beer festivals or extreme shopping - you name it, this jacket will handle it, and look good whilst doing so! Made from Gore-Tex it ticks all the boxes for waterproof, windproof and breathable capabilities in a…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Women’s Tiak Jacket  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Women’s Tiak Jacket  2015
Vaude Women’s Tiak Jacket

Vaude have a reputation for high-end mountain sports clothing, and with an entire range of snowsports and mountaineering technical products you would have thought a ‘simple’ biking waterproof to be pretty good. As expected the Women’s Tiak jacket doesn’t disappoint! Not only is it a great looking little number, but it comes with Vaude’s Green Shape guarantee for products that…

Jackets
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - iXS Sports Division Sancy Laidback Jacket  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - iXS Sports Division Sancy Laidback Jacket  2013
iXS Sports Division Sancy Laidback Jacket

The iXS Laidback Collection is a range of clothing designed to be worn both on and off the bike with equal amounts of style, function and comfort. The Sancy jacket is one of the offerings in the women’s line-up and lives up to the bikewear/leisurewear blueprint perfectly. It’s got a touch of 80’s retro styling about it, taking all the…

Jackets
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Rhythm Stormshell  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Rhythm Stormshell  2013
Bontrager Rhythm Stormshell

A good waterproof should always be in your artillery, as our Test Editor Nigel always says; there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing. This jacket from Bontrager arrived a little late for our jacket test in the previous issue, and as there is still a fair bit of rain outside we thought we would get…

Jackets
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Rhythm Softshell Hoodie Jacket  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Rhythm Softshell Hoodie Jacket  2013
Bontrager Rhythm Softshell Hoodie Jacket

When this softshell arrived in the office it caused something of a stir, it’s nothing if not striking. The slightly shiny appearance harks back to the 80’s whilst the colour coded zips and ribbed cuffs and waistband ooze style. It’s more than just a looker though, featuring Profila Softshell material, which is windproof and water resistant to protect you from…

Jackets
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - ONE Industries Atmosphere Soft Shell Jacket  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - ONE Industries Atmosphere Soft Shell Jacket  2013
ONE Industries Atmosphere Soft Shell Jacket

One Industries have hit the ground running this year with their new product range for the rider looking for high quality functional apparel. The Atmosphere Soft Shell jacket has a plush interior and is weather-proof, it features a hood and a magnetic storm flap to keep out the elements. The styling is very casual and the branding isn’t too “factory”…

Jackets
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Alpinestars Sirocco Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Alpinestars Sirocco Jacket  2012
Alpinestars Sirocco Jacket

The Sirocco Jacket is the windproof and water resistant outerwear offering from Alpinestars. It is a thin, but well made, hoodless design that packs away into its own decent-sized rear pocket. The reinforced rip-stop fabric on the shoulder and elbow areas adds to the feeling of quality and shows that this jacket, whilst only being a lightweight shell, still means…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Dakine Men’s Blitz Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Dakine Men’s Blitz Jacket  2012
Dakine Men’s Blitz Jacket

The Dakine Blitz jacket has been a popular one among our team over the past couple of seasons and once again it doesn’t fail to disappoint. It’s a heavy-duty shell that still manages to pack down to a reasonably neat size, certainly compact enough for a small daypack. It’s made from 10,000mm waterproof fabric with fully taped seams and a…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Madison Flux Men’s Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Madison Flux Men’s Jacket  2012
Madison Flux Men’s Jacket

The Flux jacket is Madison's premiere waterproof jacket, designed to cope with whatever the weather decides to chuck your way when out on the trails. When it isn't covered in mud this is a very stylish jacket you could happily wear down the high street. The hardwearing material is both breathable and waterproof, perfect for those all too familiar days…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Madison Stratos Women’s Pack Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Madison Stratos Women’s Pack Jacket  2012
Madison Stratos Women’s Pack Jacket

When this jacket arrived at the office I was surprised by just how light it was and how small I could fold it away. Often ‘packable’ jackets are stamped with the claim that they will scrunch down into their own pocket, but in reality it’s like trying to get Jack back in his box. The Stratos, however, manages to live…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - ONE Industries Atmosphere Nylon Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - ONE Industries Atmosphere Nylon Jacket  2012
ONE Industries Atmosphere Nylon Jacket

ONE Industries have a long pedigree in the motocross scene and, having taken on full sponsorship of the GT Team featuring the Athertons, their sights are firmly set on the MTB market. To say this jacket is fresh would be an understatement, the website has only just gone live and product should be in the shops any day now... The…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Helium Paclite  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Helium Paclite  2012
Scott Bicycles Helium Paclite

Paclite® from Gore-Tex® is a material that has been designed with mountain biking in mind. Scott have utilised the fabric in this highly technical jacket that is sure to impress a feeling of quality and workmanship on whoever wears it. The idea of Gore-Tex® as a material is that it is highly breathable, while having excellent water repelling abilities. Paclite®…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Zoic Men’s Downtown Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Zoic Men’s Downtown Jacket  2012
Zoic Men’s Downtown Jacket

Whilst ZOIC (pronounced zoh-wick) might appear in Europe to be a relatively new name on the cycle clothing scene they have, in fact, been making mountain bike clothing since 1994 having emerged from the trails of the Marin Headlands in California, which is where their offices are still based. The Downtown Jacket is a new model in their line-up for…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura Convert Softshell  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura Convert Softshell  2012
Endura Convert Softshell

We ask a lot from jackets in the winter. The weather never stays the same here and of course it’s never our fault if we forget to check the forecast before heading out on a ride. Thankfully then Endura have bought out the Convert Softshell, a versatile and high performing jacket fit for all seasons. The convert is made up…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura Stealth Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Endura Stealth Jacket  2012
Endura Stealth Jacket

The Stealth from Endura has been in their range for some time, but it continues to sit at the top of the pile in terms of technical features and performance. It’s a softshell jacket, but don’t let that put you off if you are looking for ultimate waterproofing. All the seams are externally ultrasonically welded and there isn’t a chance…

Jackets
2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Madison Telegraph Jacket  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Madison Telegraph Jacket  2012
Madison Telegraph Jacket

The Telegraph is a soft shell twin lined jacket, it is well suited to mountain biking as it uses a rip stop fabric that should withstand a good few crashes. The material is 5000 waterproof and breathable and all the seams are fully taped to ensure water should never get in. The cut and fit is aimed at bikers with…

Jackets
2012
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