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 up to this claim with ease.Buy Jackets on
10,000mm waterproof shell fabric will keep you dry when you’re caught in an unexpected downpour. Large underarm mesh panels and a vent at the back keeps the air flowing and prevents you from getting hot and bothered even on the steepest of climbs.
Subtle extras such as the audio port in the rear pocket so you can wire in your iPod, slightly elasticated cuffs and a fleece lined collar add a nice finishing touch.
On the trail I was really impressed. The jacket, whilst cut specifically for women (there’s a men’s option available too), was loose fitting and comfortable. It’s so lightweight I forgot I was wearing it even once the rain had stopped and the sky had cleared.
A fantastic shell jacket, which has some neat features, and yet still packs away small enough to carry in your backpack without any bother for those “will it? won’t it?” grey sky days.Buy Jackets on
This review was in Issue 20 of IMB.For more information visit Madison
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…