BONTRAGER RXL 180 Softshell Convertible Jacket*Clearance Product
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You ride hard in any weather. The versatile and stylish RXL Convertible 180 Softshell Jacket comfortably protects you in ugly conditions. When the temperature rises, zip off the sleeves. The Profila Softshell front, arms and shoulders and the zip flap protect you from cold wind and water, while the Profila Thermal rear panel retains valuable body heat and wicks chilling moisture. Stow the sleeves in one of three rear pockets, and ride safely with reflective details.
- 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
- Zip-off sleeves converts jacket to vest for variable conditions versatility
- Three open back storage pockets and one zipped security pocket on left chest
- Thumb loops in cuffs keep wrists and hands warm - 3" (8cm) drop tail and articulated sleeves for a precise on-bike fit
- Reflective elements enhance visibility for maximum safety
- 10000mm waterproof, 10000 g/m/24hr breathability
Fitted - Streamlined body ?t for enhanced performance.
Chest___cm / inches
S_______89-94 / 35-37
M_______96-102 / 38-40
L_______104-109 / 41-43
XL______112-117 / 44-46
XXL_____119-124 / 47-49
Bontrager RXL 180 Convertible Softshell Jacket review, Cycling Weekly magazine, November 2014:
"... it has a large black, rear panel and red detailing that we grew to quite like. Comfort-wise, Bontrager has hit the nail on the head. At £119.99 this jacket is almost at the top of our price ceiling, but it still fits like a much more expensive item, sitting snug to the body in all the right places while never feeling constrictive.
The excellent fit wasn't necessarily matched by the jacket's warmth. The Bontrager wouldn't be our first choice of jacket once the temperature drops below five degrees, certainly without good quality thermal layers underneath. The Profila Softshell fabric did keep us dry in the rain though, despite only claiming to be water-resistant rather than waterproof.
The 'Convertible' in the name refers to the Bontrager RXL's party piece: the removable sleeves. These are easy to remove using the two zippers on either side, and should be easy enough to stow away thanks to the three large rear pockets.
So even if the Bontrager RXL sits at the top of our price range, at least you won't have to spend money on a separate gilet."
Bontrager RXL 180 Convertible Softshell Jacket review, roadbikereview.com, January 2015 (see here):
"While Bontrager's windshell baselayer lacks versatility, the RXL Convertible 180 Softshell Jacket is nothing but dynamic. In standard form it's a cozy longsleeve outer layer that's windproof and water resistant. Three generous rear pockets, plus a zippered chest pocket (smartphone size) provide ample storage for food, cash, and more. Strategically placed reflective accents help keep you safe during lowlight rides. (It also comes in three colors, including the hard-to-miss Visibility Yellow, which is hard to miss.)
But it's the convertible-nature of this piece that we really liked. In the time it takes you to say zip, zip, zip, zip, the jacket's sleeves zip off, converting into a cold-weather vest. Admittedly, because of the awkward angles the process is better done with the jacket off. But once conversion is complete, we loved the extra protection offered by this vest. It's a great wintertime alternative to standard cycling vests, which are typically pretty thin.
A full-length zipper assures that you can open up if things heat up, and the logo badge attached to the zipper makes it easy to grab and manipulate while on the move with gloves on. A 3-inch drop tail gives you rear end a little extra protection when bent over in the cycling position. Rear grippers help keep things in place.
The fabric itself is something Bontrager calls Profila, a polyester/merino wool. The material on the back and under the arms is thinner to promote moisture transfer, while the chest panel, shoulders, and the top of the sleeves offer increased wind protection.
The waterproof level is 10,000mm and with breathability of 10,000g/m2/24hr. For the uninitiated, those are middle-of-the-road values. Top-of-the-line (read: uber expensive) garments are made from fabrics that are 20,000mm and 20,000g/m2/24hr. If you know it's going to rain, this isn't the right jacket to head out the door with.
Four-way stretch material throughout enhances on-bike comfort. There are also thumb loops on the thermal wrist cuffs if you like tucking your sleeves in your gloves. Fit is snug, but we had no trouble layering it overtop a cool-weather longsleeve jersey. And the bright yellow has remained bright yellow, even after getting splattered with mud on several occasions, then washed.
Add it all up and the RXL Convertible 180 Softshell Jacket is a well thought out top that's earned a regular place in our wintertime apparel rotation when temps are in the 30-40-degree range."
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