At A Glance
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!Buy Jackets on
Made from Gore-Tex it ticks all the boxes for waterproof, windproof and breathable capabilities in a durable package (that you can also chuck in the washing machine!). Featuring fully taped seams and water resistant zippers it’s certainly geared up keep you dry. There’s also an integrated hood with a clever roll-down system so you can keep it out of the way when not in use and whizzing down singletrack.
There are two hand pockets at the front that also double up as air vents with long zips creating a wide opening should you need it. One of the pockets has an integral zippered security pocket, so you can keep small items safe whilst also making the most of the venting that the mesh provides.
The Trail MTN 10 jacket is labelled by Scott as having an ‘Atheltic’ fit. This is more on the slim-fit side of clothing than regular, so the jacket is quite sleek and tailored. It’s certainly worth trying one on before buy so you get the right size, and take into account how many layers you plan on wearing underneath!
On The Trail
The Athletic fit of the jacket certainly contributes to the neat and streamlined feel when you’re on the bike. There’s no flapping fabric or bulk to annoy or restrict you. This neatness also benefits when the heavens open as you don’t have extra fabric collecting water and slowing you down. The slightly dropped tail covers your rear, and the hem has an elastic and toggle adjust system for getting a snug fit and preventing mud from getting flicked up inside.
Although there aren’t any extra arm or back vents, the breathability of the Gore-Tex, and the front mesh pocket vents work well to exhaust any moisture away from the inside of the jacket and your body. The zipper pulls are also a decent size and design so you can operate them whilst wearing gloves – small things, but they make a difference!
The cuffs have a scooped cut and Velcro tabs for adjusting, so when the weather really gets grotty you can create a good seal and keep it out. The hood is an additional bonus – particularly when you find yourself stuck at the side of the trail in the open fixing bikes. It’s fully adjustable and has a lovely soft fleecey material on the neck and chin guard area, which is a nice touch.
Excellent high-quality, versatile jacket that’s simple, yet created with top-of-the-range technical fabric and some subtle, but really well thought-out features. You will find yourself wearing it for a plethora of outdoor adventures, and need to be prepared for all the compliments! It does come with price tag that’s not insignificant, but you can’t argue with how waterproof the Trail MTN 10 jacket is. Even in torrential rain it still refused to let any water seep through, and we were bone dry on the inside, even after a gruelling ride. Aside from the good looks and design, that’s ultimately what you want from a waterproof jacket!Buy Jackets on
This review was in Issue 32 of IMB.For more information visit Scott Bicycles
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…