Madison Stratus jacket review

Windproof softshell

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £33.00 RRP
Madison Stratus jacket

Our review

A lightweight, protective and packable top at a low price. Unfortunately, breathability is low too
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This basic, low-cost shell top will keep off the worst weather as you scurry for home, although extended rides or serious exertion are beyond it.


The M:Tec 100 fabric is a bit noisy and plasticky in feel, but the ripstop reinforcement shrugs off swipes from thorns and trees in tight singletrack.

The fabric cuts out a lot of windchill on frosty mornings and it bounces a fair amount of water off before it wets out. The longer tail and high collar means not much in the way of drips or draughts are let through, although the fabric feels clammy wherever it touches bare skin.

It’s pretty light for the money and, like a school anorak, it stuffs into its own zipped pocket. Even so, it would still be a squeeze to fit into most jersey pockets, so it comes with an elastic strap for dangling off bike or bag when you aren’t wearing it.


While it’s okay when you’re cruising or the weather is sure to soak you, putting the hammer down creates immediate steam build-up, and left us sodden inside after high-intensity rides.

Product Specifications


Name Stratus jacket (10)
Brand Madison

Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Available Colours Blue Fluo Yellow Red
Weight (g) 192
Water-Resistant Yes
Windproof Yes
Additional Features main zip with inner baffle, zipped rear pocket which also doubles as a stow pocket, mesh pit vents, elasticated Lycra hem and cuffs, reflective piping and detailing