Scott Bicycles Helium Paclite  2012 Mountain Bike Review

Scott Bicycles Helium Paclite 2012

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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® is a development of their technology to ensure a highly breathable fabric that utilises a single shell, rather than the need for layers. They achieve this by putting a protective layer on the inside of the Gore-Tex® membrane. Making for a lighter, thinner and altogether more "packable" jacket that is perfect for biking.

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The Helium features some very stylish finishing from Scott, the reflective logos are subtle enough to make this a "wear anywhere" garment. A removable hood attaches to a fleece lined collar for comfort. Waterproof zip and storm flap adorn the front and there are stretch panels on the arms to ensure comfort. A mobile phone pocket on the chest and two side pockets make for reasonable storage and there is a generous butt flap! It does lack any venting which makes this more of a jacket for the depths of winter and on those days where you want to stay absolutely dry!

The stylish looks and finish of the Helium Paclite® impressed the test team, they also loved the total waterproofing and highly breathable nature of the fabric.

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This review was in Issue 20 of IMB.

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By Mary Booth
Mary 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…

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