A good rain jacket is one of those things that’s almost worth its weight in gold. For the last couple years, I’ve been wearing a breathable rain jacket that uses eVent technology – a somewhat porous fabric that allows your body heat to escape while still keeping you dry. While the technology is great, I’ve found it doesn’t hold up to serious downpours. So when I was given the opportunity to try out the Storm Field Jacket by Chrome there was no hesitation.
The jacket’s styling is inspired by a classic M65 field jacket yet packs a ton of modern features. Just like my previous rain jacket, the Storm Field is constructed using a breathable yet waterproof material with fully taped seams. The first weekend I wore this jacket, I was down in New York City for the Red Hook Crit and while the weather was nothing short of ideal on Saturday, it took a turn for the worse come Sunday. Hunt and were staying in the LES but our car was parked out in Park Slope. Plus, it was pouring out and I’d just pulled the fenders off my bike for the trip (like a fool). Luckily, the Storm Field kept by upper body dry as a bone during our ride out to the parking garage. I also didn’t break much of a sweat! Read the rest below…
During the little jaunt over the Manhattan Bridge, I came to really appreciate the added length in the rear that this jacket offers. Despite not having fenders, my arse/tailbone region remained happy and free of rain splatter. Just like the rear of this jacket, the arms have a little extra length which allows you to maintain a sporty position with ease while keeping you covered.
This jacket’s also packed with a bunch of well-thought-out features such as reflective straps on the wrists and neck to improve visibility. One of my favorite details on the Storm Field is the stow-able hood. I love hoods, but really only get in the way when you’re not using them; simply roll this one up and it packs neatly into the collar.
There’s also an adjustable cord around the waist which lets you slim-up the jacket in case you’re not wearing many layers underneath.
After about 6 weeks in this jacket, I can confidently say that it’s surpassed my expectations. I’ve also gotten countless compliments on it from both my friends and the ladies – so that’s always a plus. Even though the weather’s been warming up, we all know a good rain jacket is a staple in any bicycle commuter’s kit. I keep this jacket in my bag most days in case of precipitation and will continue to even as the weather warms up. Showing up to anywhere soaking wet is never a good look. Have a look at the rest of Chrome’s outerwear offerings and if you have any questions regarding the Storm Field Jacket, feel free to email me or leave a comment.