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We Love Bontrager Jackets!

Mariel

Recently, I purchased three jackets from Trek’s accessories brand, Bontrager. It was my first time buying this brand and I didn't necessarily associate it with exceptional clothing since I'm more familiar with their bikes. I do love Trek bikes! But I was so impressed with the quality and performance of the items I bought! Each jacket served a particular purpose.

For years I've been struggling with a hi-vis waterproof jacket my dad gave me about 9 years ago. It has tape seams that are coming off and it's way too big for me so I end up looking like a clown in a puffy, ill-fitting yellow tent! To be fair, it's very good quality and has kept me warm on some insanely wet rides - like last year’s Prudential Ride London, where rain drenched the whole of southern England with the remnants of a tropical hurricane... I’ve never cycled in so much rain before!

So I decided it was time to get a new jacket, and me being greedy I got three! One for wind, one for drizzle, and one for heavy rain and commuting.

Why 3 jackets are often better than 1

I have to say that after purchasing these jackets I couldn’t be happier. I know it would be great if we could put all these three jackets into one and have an all-round amazing jacket for all sorts of weather, but that just wouldn’t be sensible. Each item has specific technical qualities that make it fit for purpose, and combining them would mean making compromises on the design to the point where an all-purpose jacket would lose it's all-purposeness. Here's why:

  • Having a highly waterproof jacket means that the material will not be as breathable. So if you want a jacket that you can put on and leave on for an entire ride (e.g. a long ride with alternating showers and dry spells), you will find yourself sweating profusely underneath the jacket. A highly waterproof jacket is best when it's pouring down with rain, or when it’s raining a bit but your journey is short.
  • Likewise, if you want a lightweight windproof jacket that you can fold tightly and stick in the back pocket of your jersey in case you get cold, you will probably not be able to use a highly waterproof jacket as they are heavier and bulkier. If it's just drizzling and warm, a drizzle-proof jacket may be the best answer as it combines the versatility of a lightweight jacket with drizzle-proof protection.

So I got one jacket for wind, one for drizzle, and one for rain. Here are the specs.

Bontrager Race Convertible Women's Windshell Jacket £64.99

Bontrager Race Convertible Women's Windshell Jacket £64.99

1. Bontrager Race Convertible Women's Windshell Jacket

  • Profila Wind fabric is lightweight, wind resistant, and features a durable water repellent finish
  • Profila Cool mesh collar lining and inserts in back and underarms provide ventilation
  • Zip-off sleeves converts jacket to vest for variable conditions versatility. This feature is amazing!
  • Full-length YKK zipper with draft flap
  • Zippered left arm pocket and zippered rear security pocket into which the jacket can be packed
  • Drop tail with interior printed silicone on binding for a precise on-bike fit
  • Reflective elements enhance visibility for maximum safety
  • Semi-fitted - Follows the curves of your body with room for movement

Bontrager RXL 180 Softshell Women's Jacket £89.99

Bontrager RXL 180 Softshell Women's Jacket £89.99

2. Bontrager RXL 180 Softshell Women's Jacket

  • 180 means this women's Softshell cycling jacket has winter wind and cold protection up front and on the sides, but is vented on the back for superior body heat management at temps just above freezing
  • Mid-weight Profila Softshell fabric provides 180 degree windproof, water-resistant, and breathable protection from cold and windy conditions
  • Profila Thermal rear panel and underarms provide breathability while retaining warmth
  • Three open back storage pockets, with two zippered security pockets on left arm and right back
  • Thumb loops in cuffs keep wrists and hands warm. 4.5" (11cm) drop-tail and articulated sleeves for a precise on-bike fit
  • Reflective elements enhance visibility for maximum safety
  • Fitted - Streamlined fit for all-around cycling performance
  • 10,000mm Waterproof, 10,000 g/m2/24hr Breathability

Bontrager Commuting Stormshell Jacket £79.99

Bontrager Commuting Stormshell Jacket £79.99

3. Bontrager Commuting Stormshell Jacket

  • Our high-value, waterproof Commuter Rain Shell
  • Fabric has a softer feel and the new roomier, longer fit better accommodates conventional commuter riding gear
  • Fully waterproof fabric with taped seams
  • Two hand warmer pockets and one chest pocket provide plenty of stora
  • Armpit zips for ventilation
  • 360 degree reflectiveness and a simple blinker patch help keep you seen and safe
  • Adjustable wrist cuffs
  • Comfort fit for non-restrictive freedom of movement and easy layering over clothes
  • 5,000 mm Waterproof, 5,000 g/m2/24hr Breathability

Bring on the Bontrager

Now that I know about the awesome quality of Bontrager’s clothing and accessories, I'll definitely look to this brand for any future purchases. Their products are reasonably priced, high-performing and look amazing. I got so many compliments on the jackets, especially the Race Convertible Windshell jacket. Overall I'm very impressed!