Madison Trail water-resistant jacket review

Casual looking trail apparel

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £69.99 RRP | USD $118.97
Madison Trail water-resistant jacket

Our review

A good mix of cycling-specific features and casual looks for those colder rides or long days on the hill
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The Trail jacket from Madison comes in two versions – the standard softshell or the water-resistant softshell, which is what we opted for. The M:Tec 3000 fabric construction is claimed to be fully windproof. The seams aren’t taped, so it’s water-resistant rather than waterproof, just as the name suggests. 


We found it did a good job of keeping the draughts out even on the windiest of days, and the high zipped collar certainly helped keep us toasty. It’ll stave off rain showers without any issues too. With only a short-sleeved base layer underneath it’s surprisingly warm, but we did find the seams around the arm slightly irritating initially.

The lengthy sleeves give great coverage and the torso is tailored enough to avoid that nasty ballooning effect, but you can still fit a base layer and jersey underneath. There’s no dropped hem at the rear which means you miss that extra bit of coverage on really grim days but it does mean it looks a little less cycling-specific, and so can be worn post-ride too. The numerous zipped pockets are positioned well and the pit-zips can easily be accessed on the move.


This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Trail water-resistant jacket (12)
Brand Madison

Description *Perfect for those spring or autumn rides, when there is chill in the air and little chance of rain *Warm, breathable and totally windproof, the Trail uses specially designed M:Tec 3000 fabric, which is fully waterproof – but as the jacket is not seam taped, we class it as water-resistant *Constructed with a subtle cycle-focused cut for relaxed fit on or off the bike, making it a perfect everyday jacket for all kinds of outdoor endeavours *This cross-purposejacket will keep you comfortable no matter what activity you are engaged in *The windproof soft shell, stretch fabric is uber-tough to withstand the daily rigours of active sports *The sleeves are extended and articulated for added comfort on the bikeand the collar is high to keep the wind and rain from being a pain in the neck *Features include: 2-way reversed main zip, chest pocket with reversed zip, hidden and reversed pit zips, 2 front hip pockets with reversed zips and garages, internal chest pocket, one hand draw cord at the hem, reflective detailing and Velcro adjusters on the cuffs
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