Battledress for toughing it out when the weather turns to custard. The Storm Trooper shields you from the torrent with waterproof-breathable 3 layer HydroFoil™ Plus fabric, fully tape-sealed seams and WhaleTail back. Its zip-away skullcap hood doubles as a prop for Buzz Aldrin impersonations.
Specifically developed for high aerobic activities, HydroFoil™ Plus combines a lightweight ripstop nylon shell with a composite membrane that is completely waterproof, totally windproof and extremely breathable. The outer fabric is the latest new-generation Pertex® Shield+ membrane. It is more than twice as breathable as most other quality waterproof-breathable fabrics, and has a small amount of stretch allowing a closer fit. The outer fabric is treated with a durable water repellent finish that encourages rain to bead up and roll off, while there is a lightweight tricot mesh on the inside for greater durability and improved moisture dispersion.
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|anti-Cyclone||Storm Trooper||Flash Gordon||Rivet|
|Fabric||HydroFoil™ Plus||HydroFoil™ Plus||HydroFoil™ Plus||HydroFoil™ Plus|
|Venting||Chest & arms||Front zip||Zip-off sleeves||Front zip|
|Rear doubles as bumbag||Rear doubles as bumbag||Rear turns into stuff sack||Chest|
|Sizes||S - XL||S - XXL||S - XL||S - XL|
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Have had two previous modle storm troopers , brilliant, the perfect wet weather rain jacket with the under arm zips for west australian winter. Very disappointed with the new version with out the arm zips. would not recommend
I have carried and used this jacket for bike packing and cycle touring for some years now. I love the style and quality but to be clear it has never kept me dry when riding. Yes sure, it is fantastic at keeping the wind and rain out, but when I ride for any length of time I will always end up soaked in sweat. I accept this and always wear a long sleeve merino underneath which at least keeps me comfortable in the wet. The worst aspect is that sweat gathers and runs down inside the long jacket sleeves and pools into little bags full of cold but very uncool sweat, which sway and splash beneath my wrists as I ride. The design would be improved if these gross puddles would just drain naturally and discreetly out from the bottom of sleeve as I ride, and I would more easily be able to feign composure on arrival at my destination.
Hi Colin. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, your comments have been passed onto the design team. Cycling is a highly aerobic activity so you tend to sweat a lot. Even the most breathable fabrics won’t actually stop you sweating and because they’re windproof, you loose the cooling effect of the air rushing past as you ride. In high humidity (ie. rain) the fabric relies on a Durable Waterproof Repellent layer (DWR) to allow the rain to bead off so the fabric can still breath. Regardless of this, sometimes the amount of moisture generated by your body exceeds the amount that the jacket can release, and this will condense on the inside of the jacket (rain drops of sweat). Fortunately over the past few years there has been loads of research done into better performing technical fabrics. Our current Storm Trooper is made out of a newer more breathable version of the Hydrofoil, that wasn't around when you bought your jacket back in 2012. We hope that helps. Pedal on, Ernie
Better than expected. Great wind protection. Took out in -6degC. Perfect! Hood is very comfortable under helmet and material is nice and flexible. Not cheap but stil good value
Snug and warm now in the wintery blasts that make quick scuttles to coffee shops just far enough away to allow a smug feeling of "earned it".
I replaced my old Stormtrooper recently with an updated model. As usual the quality feel was there in the new design along with the expected confidence that this will perform just like the old one. The new design is more slimline and the collar height seems to be higher which is great to keep out torrential rain where I live. Another great product that should see me through for a few wet seasons up here in the tropics.