This relatively light and low-profile armour from protective clothing makers SixSixOne offers plenty of coverage and some great features.
The D3O shoulder, back and elbow padding can be removed before you sling the jacket in the wash, or to simply let you tailor how much protection you want out on the trail. Just like on the short-sleeve version, you can remove the back protector and slip a hydration bladder into its place, which is handy if you’re not likely to stop for a drink any time soon.
When SixSixOne says the jacket is made from ‘compression fabrics’ they’re not kidding. The snug fit is no bad thing though, and means the pads all stay put when it counts. Generous underarm and elbow cutouts help shed heat but things still get pretty sweaty in the Evo on warm days.
Our only other niggle is that the forearm straps are a little short, so they feel tight when fastened. We ended up removing them and had zero issues with the elbow pads moving around.
In terms of comfort, the SixSixOne jacket goes almost unnoticed during long uplift days and its tight but well-articulated fit means movement is unrestricted. The coverage is great too, which boosts confidence when the trails start getting trickier.