Rip-stop 2.5-layer polyester / Weight: 434g / Dropped tail / Pits zips and chest pocket core vents
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Despite being better known as a downhill clothing brand, The Explorer jacket is a great example of Royal’s expansion into trail riding clobber.
Small and stowable, the Explorer sports strengthened shoulder panels and a non-rattling, snap-down zipper. There’s even an emergency info panel, ready for you to fill out with pertinent facts: a nice idea not to dwell on!
With a lining visually similar to the Helly and Vaude jackets, it’s not surprising the Royal performs well and, with more pub-friendly tailoring (apart from the big reflective logos) than other cycle-specific jackets, it does seem reasonable value.
MBR RATING: 8/10