FINDRA Stroma Jacket | Eco-Friendly Doesn’t Sacrifice Performance

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Amanda tests out the FINDRA Stroma waterproof jacket, made with…coffee?

Tweed Valley based clothing designer FINDRA has only been on the market since 2014, but has already established a great reputation for its womenswear range. With a strong belief in the importance of layering clothing for comfort, 2019 sees the first jacket in the range.

FINDRA identified that grabbing one heavy duty layer on a cold day will ultimately result in a clammy, lethargic ride. The sweat has nowhere to escape to and you have nowhere to go in regulating your temperature. Wearing lighter layers allows for air flow, sweat wicking and the option to add and remove layers to keep you at a comfortable temperature at all times. With this in mind, a light waterproof outer layer will be a great addition to your wardrobe.

Just loose enough to layer up underneath.

The FINDRA Stroma jacket is made from an eco-friendly yarn that consists of coffee grounds and recycled plastic bottles. That sounds too good to be true, right? Well the short version of the yarn making begins with drying and mixing repurposed coffee grounds with recycled plastic bottles to make pellets. These pellets get melted down to create fibres, and the fibres become the yarn. The yarn is called S.Cafe®.

Fresh roasted fibres, mmm.

This S.Cafe® yarn is used on the inner backing of the jacket, the part next to your skin (or your layers) as it’s said to be fast drying, odour controlling and good at wicking moisture. A sustainable, functional material. Brilliant! The outer of the jacket has a 10,000mm waterproof rating whilst remaining breathable, and offers a four way stretch for comfort.

The hood is a bit of a squeeze over some helmets.

Wearing the FINDRA Stroma Jacket

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Review Info

Product:Stroma Technical Jacket
Tested:by Amanda for 3 months

Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

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