"After me comes the flood"... or sometimes before.
While we can't condone setting out to ride when the trails are wet, since it contributes to their damage and erosion, we certainly understand that sometimes you get caught out there, or sometimes you simply have no choice from A to B. For those wet rides, we heartily recommend the Fox Downpour Jacket.
The Downpour is constructed with dual-layered Ultra Q4 polyester that's been treated with a proprietary "10K/10K" laminate for waterproofing without impeding breathability. Ultra Q4 is incredibly light yet incredibly tough, and like we said, it breathes really well, so you're not going to feel like you're wearing a garbage bag, even after getting your heart rate up — an attribute aided by the laser-cut vent perforations and underarm zippered vents, too. All seams and zippers are fully sealed from the weather, and the fitted hood folds into the collar when you don't need it. The jacket is both safe and practical, too, hosting a number of reflective details along with being a highly visible color for nighttime riding, and the hand pockets include a headphone port to keep the all-important tunes pumping.
The Fox Downpour Jacket comes in the color Acid Green and in four sizes from Small to X-Large.
- Item #FXR013V
- Q & A
Nice jacket, but....
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
This is a nice jacket. Fits well, and seems to breathe decently for what it is. However, on the first day I used it the velcro tab on the sleeve delaminated. Basically, Fox bonds a rubber pull tab to the velcro closure -- the rubber peeled off the velcro and is now flapping around. I'm going to contact backcountry and fox and see what they want to do about it.
How heavy is this fabric? Would this work as an all weather winter commuter jacket?
This is a rain shell so you'll probably want something warmer underneath if you use it in the winter. Its a faboulus piece for cool rainy areas such as Seattle or Vancouver.