- Extend your mountain bike seasons with the Guardian
- 3-layer Gore-Tex Active is waterproof and breathable
- 20D nylon withstands hard riding and abrasions
- Helmet-compatible hood adjusts in three directions
- Drop-tail hem provides on-bike coverage
- Elastic cuffs secure sleeve position
- Vislon zipper seals out rain and vents in clear conditions
- Zippered torso pockets keep your gear dry
- Item #SVN002B
- Q & A
The Real Deal
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 165lbs
I've now had several MTB rides in this jacket in the rain.
Boxes to check: Fit, Feel, Waterproofing, Breathability, Longevity. I give no nod to cost, as that's a personal consideration and I'm more focused on performance.
Fir: I'm 5'9" and the medium fits perfectly with ample room to layer below. The hood fits over the helmet and snugs up easily via 3 easy to use snugs. Check!
Feel: GoreTex Active 3L is amazingly light. The material feels good against the skin, so no problems wearing only short sleeves beneath. The jacket is very light and compresses down into a tiny package, easily packable in a backpack or fannypack. Check!
Waterproofing: After getting caught in a downpour, I remained completely dry on the inside. Check
Breathability: I have a variety of ski & bike jackets made from different GoreTex fabrics (pro, Pac-lite), and this is easily the most breathable of the lot. Despite the lack of vents, I didn't have significant moisture build up inside the jacket on a 2000' climb, with temperatures hovering around 65-70F degrees. In fact, when resting on a ridgeline after a long climb, I actually started to cool down from wind getting through the jacket, so it's not as windproof as Pro or Pac-lite - that's the trade off for breathability. Check!
Longevity: To be determine. But I have faith in GoreTex and in 7Mesh's commitment to repair any tears that may be incurred through normal use.
Summary: The jacket meets expectations on all fronts and I recommend it without hesitation.