Race Face Aquanot waterproof jacket review

Stylish fully featured jacket

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £139.00 RRP | USD $179.33
Race Face Aquanot

Our review

Big on style and an adequate performer, but not the best value for money.
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Look beyond the funky pattern and you’ll find a fully featured jacket. Made from Race Face’s own Storm Lite 2.5-layer fabric with taped seams, the Aquanot isn’t as waterproof as some on paper, but works fine in practice.


Described as having a ‘tailored cross-country fit’, it’s more North American than Italian in sizing, if you catch our drift. It also stows into its own pocket, although the resulting package is considerably bulkier than other stowable jackets we’ve reviewed lately. That’s largely on account of all the zips, vents and adjusters that you’ll find.

The Aquanot has underarm vents like Race Face’s Tempest, and they’re similarly awkward to use – a pity, since we found we needed them earlier than with some jackets. Also like the Tempest, the Lycra inner cuffs could do with a slightly bigger thumb hole and a bit more fabric so that they don’t pull the sleeves so awkwardly.


If you’re a music fan, you’ll appreciate the windowed inside pocket with headphone port, and the cable clip at the collar. Overall, it’s big on style and an adequate performer, but perhaps not the best value for money.

Product Specifications


Name Aquanot Jacket
Brand Race Face

Description Race Face storm light fabric
Anatomically Cut Yes
Hem Cinchcord Yes
Breathable Yes
Seam Sealed Yes
Pocket Types Front Hand
Hood No
Underarm Zip Vents Yes
Soft/Hard Shell Soft Shell
Windproof Yes
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL
Waterproof Yes
Water-Resistant Yes
Fastening Type Full-Zip
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes
Weight (g) 562
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens
Available Colours Black Grey White
Pocket Description Fleece-lined handwarmer pockets and chest pocket.