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Lycra has a time and a place.
Even though our hearts bleed obnoxious fluorescent colors, we're still cognizant that these color schemes won't fly at the local pub. On top of this, we live in a small mountain town, and we don't want our grocery runs and errands to be remembered by the locals as 'the day that the Italian peloton came to town.' So, in the vein of toning it down a bit, we prefer to trade saddle style for street style while we're out and about with the Chrome Storm Cobra Jacket.
A touch of wizardry must have been involved in the design process for the Storm Cobra jacket. Somehow, the cut is cycling-specific, yet the general appearance says hubba hideout or beers at Gestalt. To achieve this, the sleeves and rear hem were lengthened a bit to keep you covered when you're stretched out in the saddle. The rear of the jacket also has a pass-through cargo pocket that makes grabbing your phone or keys a cinch while you're on the move.
For the all-conditions functionality of the Storm Cobra, Chrome went all out to keep you covered and dry. First off, the jacket is made from a waterproof Tactel Nylon fabric, and to cover all of the bases, Chrome also fully-taped the seams of the Cobra. In fact, even the front zipper has a waterproof backing. The collar has been cut high, and the hood is constructed from three panels to minimize the effects of wind. And while this keeps water from getting in, Chrome also took steps to ensure that any buildup of moisture can get out. Not only does the jacket have a two-way zipper for ventilation, but there are also dual armpit zips to keep the air flowing through.
Chrome has also added reflective accents throughout the jacket to increase your visibility in low-light conditions.
The Chrome Storm Cobra Jacket is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Black and Olive.
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Super high quality jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
Chrome knows what's up. If you've never experienced any of their apparel, trust me, it's well worth the price. This jacket is technical beyond it's looks for sure, something I was seeking out in my new rain shell. It doesn't appear as a regular high tech hardshell though, it almost looks like canvas and has a great slim fit. The waterproofing is spot on, and though I have yet to have the opportunity to wear the jacket in a downpour, I wouldn't flinch to do so based on my impressions so far. Great on the bike cut, functional pockets, all while looking like a slick city jacket. Highly recommended for on the bike function along with everyday wearability.
great slim fit jacket. love everything except the zipper. it's a bit sticky getting it started, which is a little annoying on this level of jacket. Don't let that stop you from getting one, otherwise fantastic coat.