Sunday, December 18, 2011 3.00pm
By Russell Burton, What Mountain Bike
This is a jacket with a seriously bombproof feel. Made from a three-layer waterproof fabric, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to learn from the blurb that the Sync is styled after serious mountain wear. There are storm ﬂaps over all zips, a peaked hood and the seams are positioned to reduce abrasion if you’re wearing a pack.
That translates to a jacket that, with its low-key looks, is most at home on a commute. Although there is a bike-speciﬁc longer back and sleeves, the cut is relatively generous, which meant we were as likely to throw it on over jeans as bike kit – and it looks as good with both.
The hood doesn’t quite ﬁt comfortably under or over a helmet – it’s more for off the bike in our opinion – and the shoulder room is better in a more upright than stretched-out position in the saddle. The weight is either reassuring or on the heavy side, depending on your activity. We wouldn’t choose this for high-octane trail rides, but for slower, multi-stop outings or commuting you’ll feel very protected.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike
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