BONTRAGER RXL 180 Softshell Jacket*Clearance Product
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Nothing keeps you off the road or trails, and you ride just as hard in any weather. That's why you need the uber-functional and stylish RXL 180 Softshell Jacket, with its supple, windproof, water-resistant softshell front and sides, plus added rear vents for breathability. The streamlined fit means no flapping in the wind, plus 3 pockets for food or extra layers.
- 180 means this 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 temperatures 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
-Full-length YKK zip with draught flap
-Three open back storage pockets, with two zipped security pockets on left chest 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 body fit for a next-to-skin feel. Consider sizing up if you prefer a roomier fit
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
Bontrager RXL 180 Softshell Jacket review, road.cc, July 2014:
"If you're determined to get out no matter how cold it is then you'll need something that's up to the job of keeping you on the road. The RXL 180 softshell jacket from Bontrager may just fit the bill. It offers ample protection against the wind and cold, is fitted and stylish. It also provides some waterproofing for when the heavens open. Not bad value for a jacket that costs £90.
Made from a mid-weight Profila Softshell fabric, the RXL keeps you more than warm enough when the mercury dips. To make the jacket more breathable the panels under the arms and the back of it are made from a Profila Thermal material that aids heat retention but allows regulation so you don't cook. It is suitable for temperatures just above freezing.
It is fitted, streamlined to prevent creating any additional resistance so you can concentrate on the job at hand. The full length zip has a snug closure and the pull has a logo badge to make it easier to close.
To make the RXL more bike orientated, it has an 11cm drop tail and the elasticated hem is quite taut so will prevent any riding up and ensure you keep the bottom of your back warm. To add to the warmth, the jacket has thumb loops on the sleeves to keep your wrists and hands warm and dry.
You get reflective elements on the rear of the jacket and the upper part of the arms to aid visibility. Storage wise, you get two zippered pockets and three open ones. The secure pockets are on the chest and the right hand side of the rear. The three open are where you'd expect to find them on the back. They are deep enough to stash the usual paraphernalia.
For those who like their stats, it is waterproof to 10,000mm and has breathability of 10,000g/m2/24hr. Those are good mid-range values. The very best waterproof/breathable fabrics run 20,000mm and 20,000g/m2/24hr, but you don't get them in jackets that cost under 100 quid.
The RXL does give the appearance of a tuxedo jacket in terms of cut, with the long tail it finishes quite short in the front. The hem keeps it in place and it wears very comfortably and really does keep you warm. The zipped pocket on the chest is a nice touch and provides additional storage.
Given how mild spring has been, the temperature has been low enough to thoroughly test that element of it's performance. It has however been effective at keeping out the rain and certainly is warm."
Warm, waterproof; a decent jacket that fits and works well
As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.