Scott’s Trail Storm shirt is designed to be worn in chilly conditions when it’s too mild to wear a jacket but a regular jersey just isn’t thick enough to keep you warm.
At £73, it’s certainly not cheap, but it does look seriously promising on paper. How will it cope on the trail?
Scott Trail Storm shirt details
Scott has used a brushed fabric to construct the torso and the majority of the Trail Storm’s sleeves. In a bid to prevent overheating, Scott has added in more breathable, mesh panels under and around the backs of the arms, as well as at the back of the neck.
In addition to ensuring there’s more than enough length in the sleeves, Scott has extended the back of the jersey slightly to help keep you covered when stretched out on the bike.
While the label on the inside of the neck protrudes (rather than being printed), it didn’t irritate me during testing.
A neat little feature included here is the lens wipe that runs across the width of the front hem (on the inside), which helps to clean the mud from your glasses when you do inevitably get caked. It’s a nice touch, though we’d prefer it to be a bit deeper if we were being picky.
Despite what it says on Scott’s website, there’s no sign of a hidden pocket.
Scott Trail Storm shirt performance
How we tested
I tested the Trail Storm shirt back-to-back with five other winter jerseys, wearing the same sleeveless baselayer (or no baselayer on milder days) throughout.
Testing was carried out in a variety of weather conditions (mild, muggy and damp through to chilly days with strong cold winds) in an attempt to really put them through the wringer.
All jerseys were worn on the same test loops in various orders and always without a pack.
Also on test
- Altura Esker Trail
- Endura Singletrack Fleece
- Madison Zenith Thermal
- Rapha Trail Windblock
- Troy Lee Designs Skyline Chill
Straight from the off, the Trail Storm shirt feels warm, comfortable and generally a lovely place to be on colder days in the saddle.
The relaxed fit means you can still fit a baselayer underneath for those properly freezing days in the hills, though it’s still tailored enough that it won’t be flapping about when you’re moving on the bike, or when it gets properly sodden in a downpour.
Scott has done a good job with the close-fitting neck, which helps to keep cold drafts out when you’re riding into a headwind.
When working really hard on the climbs – particularly on those days when the weather is changeable – I found myself heating up quite quickly, despite the Trail Storm’s mesh panels, which are designed to help dump heat.
In a relatively thick jersey such as this, that’s to be expected, and it means the Trail Storm shirt is best suited to proper winter riding rather than those milder autumn or spring days, when it could feel a little too warm. It’s a good jersey to grab when the temperature plummets, though.
Scott Trail Storm shirt bottom line
The Scott Trail Storm shirt is a really comfortable jersey with a nice cut, that works really well on cold days. It is best suited to lower temperatures, though, as it doesn’t breathe as well as some, so can get quite stuffy when tackling steep climbs or when you’re working really hard.