TLD uses a ripstop nylon fabric with Spandex to give ithe Troy Lee Designs Shuttle some stretch. It’s a useful addition too, as the cut is quite sporty.
The Specialized Altered-Edition Trail Rain jacket is their alternative mountain bike outerwear offering.
Specialized pioneered integrated storage solutions on its mountain bikes and now its Specialized SWAT jacket is a packable jacket to go alongside their SWAT tools and water carrying options.
The Showers Pass Elements jacket is specially designed for mountain biking (despite gravel imagery in its marketing) and uses a 2.5 layer construction.
There’s a rubbery feel to the inner lining, which isn’t particularly pleasant, but the Scott Explorair Light Dryo 2.5 is probably the nicest of the bunch.
The Rapha Trail Lightweight jacket is designed to be lightweight, packable and windproof rather than rain proof.
The Madison Roam 2.5 jacket may be a little on the heavier side, but not to the point where it ever feels like a burden to slip it on.
Fox has a number of different jackets in its outerwear line-up, with the cornerstones being the Ranger 3L Water and this, the Fox Ranger 2.5L Water.
Endura's in-house ExoShell 20 fabric for the Endura Singletrack II jacket. This is rated at 10,000mm for waterproofing and 20,000g for breathability.
The Altura Esker is a packable jacket that can be stuffed into its own pocket or rolled up and secured with the included elastic loop.
Endura GV500 Waterproof is superb with brilliant breathability and great waterproofing. It’s light enough to pack down and the price is really competitive.
7Mesh Skypilot is a significant investment for a garment that lives a hard life but the performance of the fabric is impressive as is after-sales service.
While the brand Föhn conjures up images of ruggedly handsome Nordic folk running or riding into the sunset above a remote fjord, the reality is actually a clever bit of…
7Mesh CoPilot jacket is designed for when you want to pack your mac and just whip it out for a sudden shower; something lighter weight and more breathable.
Discovering overlooked new product deserving praise is one of best parts of being at mbr, and our latest find is the Specialized Trail-Series Alpha jacket.
Madison DTE Waterproof Jacket uses heavy-duty fabric; triple-layer shell rated 20k waterproof and 20k breathable, which are at the top end of both scales.
If you see a Specialized Trail Series Wind jacket cheap, it’s worth snapping this one up because it’s a great emergency jacket, but too dear at full price.
Leatt is another company using an in-house waterproof membrane in its Leatt MTB 5.0 jacket: HydraDri built into a three-layer, four-way stretch fabric.
Giro Havoc H2O is three-layer material; fully seam-sealed with claimed waterproof and breathability ratings of 15,000mm and 6,000g/m2/24hr respectively.
Fox Neoshell uses Polartec’s newest Neoshell fabric. This has a claimed waterproof rating of 10,000g/m2/24hr, which is on a par with plenty of jackets.