Scott Trail MTN Dryo 20 review
Scott consistently makes good waterproof jackets with the sort of bike-specific details that you don’t realise make a difference until you use them, and the Scott Trail MTN Dryo 20 is no exception.
All of the Trail MTN Dryo 20’s features are well executed. The chest pockets for example are generously deep, which is something that matters when you’re trying to squeeze freezing hands into a tiny pocket to retrieve cash or keys. There is also one additional inner pocket that’s zipped for security.
Even on a very breathable jacket, vents are welcome, especially on warm days, but tiny ones usually don’t work. The vents on this jacket however are extra-long and so much more effective for it. Opening them right up when riding hard or climbing kept me cool and it takes just a matter of seconds to close them up again before hitting a long descent.
The hood fits easily over a helmet and there’s a stretch inner that helps hold it close to your face, as well as a drawcord for tweaking the volume. Once that’s done, you barely notice it’s in place and there is no loss of peripheral vision, which is unusual in a hood with enough volume to go easily over a helmet.
The three-layer fabric is smooth with a durable feel — three-layer waterproof fabrics have a lining that’s bonded to the inside layer of the membrane and it feels more comfortable than the usual ‘rubbery’ feel, and helps protect it too. That smooth-feel inner surface combined with a relatively relaxed cut allows for easy layering up as the weather turns colder.
It’s not a cheap jacket, but the layering versatility along with the functional details ensure that you can be out on the bike in wintry conditions — especially if you favour long days on exposed trails no matter what the weather.