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Scott Insuloft Superlight PL Jacket review

Scott's lightest insulated jacket

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £220.00 RRP | USD $230.00 | EUR €220.00
Scott Insuloft Superlight PL Jacket

Our review

The Superlight PL exceeds expectations with an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio and great performance, along with a fit that’s among the best we’ve tried
Pros: Easily packable; lightweight; fit; water-resistance; warmth-to-weight ratio
Cons: Expensive
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Scott’s Insuloft Superlight PL Jacket is intended to offer seriously impressive performance thanks to light insulation, a DWR coating and convenient packability.

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It’s Scott’s lightest insulated jacket, using 60g bluesign-approved PrimaLoft GOLD material with Aerogel in a baffled construction.

The water resistance and warmth-to-weight ratio are impressive, and it’s difficult to find fault with this jacket, although the price is accordingly high.

Scott Insuloft Superlight PL Jacket details and specifications

It’s claimed to provide ‘year-round active insulation’.
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The jacket’s insulating fibres have a ‘highly porous, lightweight structure originally developed by NASA scientists’ and it’s touted as being a ‘year-round active insulation to keep you warm during and after intense activities in cold weather’.

The jacket has a pair of zippered hand pockets.
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There are two zippered hand pockets, elastane binding at the cuffs and an adjustable dropped hem. It all packs away into an interior chest pocket.

DRYOZone PF-free DWR and DURObreeze technologies provide protection from rain and wind chill.

Scott Insuloft Superlight PL Jacket performance

It’s an attractive looking jacket and suited to use off the bike too.
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Straight off the bat, this jacket impresses with how light and comfortable it is to wear.

The fit is exceptional and it looks good both on and off the bike.

Given just how packable it is, the Scott is an obvious choice to carry as an extra layer for unpredictable weather and unforeseen mechanicals.

The DRYOzone’s DWR finish has stood up to harsh, cold conditions with strong cross-winds and thick drizzle, keeping me dry throughout.

The jacket packs away easily.
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Each time, I’ve been amazed by the water-shedding capability, which hasn’t shown any signs of breaking down even after several washes.

In a temperature range of 0 to 5°C, working in zones two to four, this jacket has displayed ample breathability, helping me avoid getting chilled from sweat build-up.

It has a superb close yet unrestrictive, ‘athletic’ fit that I teamed with a long-sleeved Merino baselayer.

This proved to be a winning combination against freezing temperatures and wind chill, thanks to the wind-resistant outer fabric.

The drawcord to adjust the hem could be more refined.
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Scott has clearly pulled out all the stops in order to offer a super-light, functionally sound mountain bike jacket but, understandably, it doesn’t come cheap.

Contributing to the light weight are simply finished elasticated cuffs.

However, the chunky drawcord at the hem isn’t the most elegant solution, and for the price I’d expect a more refined design.

Scott Insuloft Superlight PL Jacket bottom line

The fit was spot-on.
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The Superlight PL is a jacket that performs well on and off the bike, offering versatility to be worn as part of a layering system or outer layer thanks to the impressive waterproofing properties.

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The high price might put some off, but in my experience the jacket’s quality and performance matches its price. I’d wager it will be a firm favourite in your mountain biking wardrobe.

Product Specifications


Price br_price, 5, 3, Price, EUR €220.00GBP £220.00USD $230.00
Weight br_weight, 5, 6, Weight, 212g (S), Array, g
Brand br_brand, 5, 10, Brand, Scott


Features br_Features, 11, 0, Features, Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Material: PrimaLoft GOLD with Aerogel. 15D bluesign approved fabric with DRYOzone FC free DWR
Pockets: Two handwarmer pockets, internal chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack
Gender br_gender, 11, 0, Gender, Men's and women's