At A Glance
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 cool elements of that era and leaving the naff ones firmly behind (thank goodness!). Made from a water-repellent and breathable fabric the jacket is fully lined to help with wicking moisture away from the body. There are two front zip pockets and an adjustable hood keeping it functional for wearing as a casual number.Buy Jackets on
On The Trail
Now, I must admit I was reluctant to wear the Sancy Laidback jacket out on the bike, not because it wouldn’t perform but because it’s such nice jacket I didn’t want to ruin it by crashing or, heaven forbid, by getting it dirty! Still, mountain bikers don’t think about the disadvantages of dirt for too long and I was soon happily riding safe in the knowledge that I looked pimp. As well as being water-repellent, the main asset to the Sancy over wearing a regular hoody or riding top is that it is wind resistant. With a decent collar it really keeps the breeze out and is ideal for days when there’s a chilly wind but you don’t want the bulk or warmth of heavy thick layers. The fit is good with plenty of length in the sleeves and body, and chunky ribbed cuffs and hem which are stretchy and don’t rise up as you ride.
Retro-style jacket with modern performance. Looks and feels great on – the only downside is that you’ll find yourself wearing it out on a daily basis more than on the bike…and then convince yourself you need a new bike jacket!Buy Jackets on
This review was in Issue 23 of IMB.For more information visit iXS Sports Division
By Mary BoothMary Booth has been a keen mountain biker for decades; she grew up on the Purbecks in the South West of England and has spent thousands of hours on the trails in that area. She moved to the South East to work in the IMB office and regularly gets out to the Alps and the Surrey Hills where she loves to ride the more technical trails…