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Downtown, around town, or on the trail
Sometimes a ride will take you through the woods, other times it'll take you across town. Just because Zoic calls its cold- and wet-weather oriented Jacket the Downtown Stretch, doesn't mean you can't venture beyond the metropolis. While the Stretch moniker is intended to highlight the Downtown's unique fabric, it could also reference this jackets ability to 'stretch' urban rides into less inhabited landscapes.
Constructed from a double-weave fabric that is soft on the inside, yet tough and wind resistant on the outside, you can let your abilities dictate the ride -- not the weather. Zoic treats the Downtown Stretch with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish to complement its wind-blocking ability. But, just as important is the fabri's give. This allows you to easily shift around the cockpit as you ride, unlike technical hiking/outdoor jackets that bind and constrict when used on a bicycle. Purely technical-cycling jackets though, can look out of place anywhere off the bike. The Downtown, however, won't stand out like a sore thumb in a crowded public space.
In this jacket, you'll enjoy a relaxed fit in body and sleeves, that aid in freedom of movement, and a drop-tail hem for cycling-specific coverage. There are three pockets total, one zipped arm pocket for tunes or a phone complete with a headphone cable port. At the front are two hand pockets, that, like the full-length front zipper, has easy-to-use silicone pull tabs.
Zoic hits the Downtown Stretch with reflective logos on the left chest and rear right shoulder for low-light safety. It comes in one color and five sizes; Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large.
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Love this thing.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Great jacket that doesn't look like a cycling jacket. It's made of a crazy rubbery stretchy material that works awesome. It's thin like a regular windbreaker but it's not made of the same type of material.