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7Mesh CoPilot waterproof jacket review

A streamlined update of this popular jacket delivers waterproof protection with bikepacking practicality

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £250.00 RRP | USD $280.00 | EUR €280.00
7Mesh CoPilot AW2022 Jacket for mountain bikers

Our review

Barely-there ride comfort and packable styling make this a worthy investment for those committed to riding in all weathers
Pros: Comfortable fit; breathability; suited to a range of conditions
Cons: Chunkier zip pulls that are easier to grab wearing winter gloves would make this perfect
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The newly updated 7Mesh CoPilot waterproof jacket has been designed around a more minimalist style.

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The 2022 version has fewer pockets and not only provides guaranteed waterproof protection, but also has a packable versatility that makes it well suited to multi-day rides.

7Mesh CoPilot details and specification

7Mesh describes the new CoPilot’s fit as “laidback”.
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Made from Gore-Tex Paclite Plus material with fully taped seams, the spec of this jacket is focused on combining fit with pared-back features to deliver comfortable weatherproofing designed to take you anywhere.

7Mesh claims the fit is relaxed, making it ideal for layering or for a “more laidback vibe”. Articulated sleeves ensure full range of movement.

A long-drop tail can be adjusted to fit using a drawcord, while the generous over-helmet hood has pull cords at the front and back to tune the fit.

It features a water-tight front zip and the jacket packs easily into its single rear pocket.

Once packed, straps that are integral to the pocket allow it to be attached to your bike frame, freeing up pack or pocket space.

7Mesh CoPilot performance

Water-tight zips, adjustable hems and articulated sleeves aid the feel of comfort.
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I tested the 7Mesh CoPilot in late summer and early autumn in the south west of the UK. The combination of rain and milder daytime temperatures I encountered would represent a difficult test for the breathability of any waterproof jacket.

Riding in temperatures ranging from 9 to 18°C, I paired the jacket with the same lightweight Patagonia Capilene Cool Merino baselayer I use to benchmark the comfort of all the jackets I test.

The Gore-Tex Paclite Plus material didn’t disappoint in terms of wearability. Inevitably, it got warm as the mercury climbed. However, it never felt overheated, and in the single-digit temperatures of early-morning starts I was happy to don this as an outer layer even when it was dry.

When the heavens opened, I stayed dry and comfortable in weather that ranged from sudden and heavy 20-minute downpours to perma-drizzle.

Cut for active use, the fit is slimmer than 7Mesh claims, but articulated sleeves that are shaped for the riding position allow for movement without the need for extra fabric bulk.

Translated into riding performance, that means even at full stretch the arms don’t pull on the body of the jacket. It’s an outstanding advantage of the CoPilot that it really does stretch when you move, even when you’re riding hard.

The hood has pull cords that enable you to tailor its fit.
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The sleeve shape is enhanced by an angled cuff that drops over the back of the hand. It will sit well over a pair of gloves and helps prevent water seeping up inside too.

The back hem drops low enough to be fully protective and can be adjusted to fit, as can the over-helmet hood, which tightens with a single pull.

The same cord is used for the zip pulls, but although they’re long they could do with more chunk for easy grabbing when wearing a pair of winter mountain bike gloves.

In keeping with the easy articulations of the rest of the jacket, once set the hood stays in place and allows for unimpeded peripheral vision. The overall impression, even over more technical terrain, is a jacket that you put on and forget you’re wearing.

The in-built on-bike storage clips make taking it on and off during showers, or as temperatures fluctuate, convenient. It means you don’t need a cycling backpack to carry it.

How does the 7Mesh CoPilot compare to the Gore Endure?

The sleeves feature angled cuffs that should sit nicely over your gloves.
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Both these jackets serve up great waterproof protection and breathable comfort. Where they differ is in terms of cut.

The CoPilot is a sleek, bike-specific design that will serve you well in go-faster style for extended gravel riding or mountain biking. The Gore Endure has a boxier cut that works off the bike and for casual use too.

7Mesh CoPilot bottom line

The CoPilot packs neatly into the single rear pocket.
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The newly streamlined 7Mesh CoPilot is a superb waterproof jacket for use in all manner of conditions.

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Its highly specified waterproof performance combines with a fierce bike-specific cut to deliver first-class comfort and protection even on extended rides.

How we tested

This year, we tested five of the most popular and innovative waterproof jackets to find out which one is best at keeping you dry and comfortable out on the trails during the wet winter months.

We compared their breathability and waterproofing, along with how they fared when temperatures stayed high and dropped down.

Jackets on test

Product Specifications

Product

Price EUR €280.00GBP £250.00USD $280.00
Weight 256g
Brand 7mesh

Features

Features Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Material: GORE-TEX Paclite® Plus 2L, 40d, 100% nylon
Waterproof rating: 28,000 mm
Breathability rating: 25,000g/m2 24 hours
Pockets: Rear zipped
Gender Men's