The Dhb Mtb Trail Waterproof Jacket is a fully waterproof mountain bike jacket designed with riders’ needs at heart. Its fully taped seams and YKK Aquaguard front zipper mean it can deal with the worst weather conditions.
The fit has been carefully considered to offer both on and off-the-bike comfort and functionality. The semi-tailored design is loose enough to be comfortable when riding but not so baggy that it gets in the way or slows you down.
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If you’re a serious mountain biker, you’ll need a good waterproof jacket. Waterproof jackets have a membrane layer with tiny pores that let vapor out but prevent water from entering.
Ideally, you’ll look for a jacket with a high waterproof and good breathability rating. The higher the waterproof rating, the more likely you’ll be able to ride in heavy rain without getting wet.
A top-quality waterproof jacket will have taped seams and a YKK Aquaguard(tm) front zipper to ensure the water can’t get in. This is important to keep you dry in all weather conditions.
dhb is Wiggle’s in-house brand designed with riders’ needs at heart, and the Trail Waterproof Jacket is no exception. Developed with experienced trail riders in mind, it’s packed with features to help you perform at your best and stay protected from the elements.
Mountain biking is challenging on fabrics, with riders often getting coated in mud and charging through wet bushes, not to mention snags and slidey ground. Thankfully, the best waterproof mountain bike jackets have specific features to comfort you in bad weather.
Waterproof jackets are split into two main types, those with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating that makes the fabric water-repellent and those with a membrane sandwiched between the layers of the shell. Membrane-based jackets have microscopic pores that are tens of thousands of times smaller than a water drop, allowing vapor to escape but preventing water from entering.
This makes them more breathable than their water-resistant counterparts, which can feel clammy next to the skin. However, they’re not ideal for everyday use and are better suited as a secondary windbreaker in warmer, dryer conditions.
If you’re spending a fair amount of time in the rain, having a waterproof jacket that allows airflow is good. This is especially true if you’re carrying a rucksack and don’t want to overheat.
The best mountain bike jackets let you unzip vents under your arms and chest to allow fresh air to flow through the coat. This helps dry you out faster than a membrane keeping you drier longer.
Waterproof jackets are typically made with a three-layer membrane with pores thatthat20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, and they’re often designed to be breathable as well. dhb has done the maths to create the dhb Mtb Trail Waterproof Jacket, which is waterproof and a genuinely breathable piece of kit. It is made from Elite 3-layer rip-stop fabrics that have been body-mapped to maximize waterproof/windproof protection with high levels of breathability.
The Dhb Mtb Trail Waterproof Jacket feels like a well-made, high-quality kit. It’s got plenty of features to keep you warm and dry, including a breathable 2.5-layer waterproof DWR coating.
It also has a long drop tail and close-fit elasticated cuffs that will seal you while the neck section is lined to keep you warm and protected. This makes it an excellent option for winter riding if you’re not keen on the insulated Shakedry options.
It’s a comfortable piece of kit and will easily take you through a few rainy days on your bike. If you’re looking for a packable shell, this is an excellent option, and it isn’t too expensive either.