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  • What money no object, totally waterproof jacket (that isn’t ShakeDry)
  • Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    I think it’s always going to be a minefield given the weather conditions in the UK the activity levels of mountain biking and your personal levels of sweat production. No solution for one will be the ideal for another.

    This is spot on.

    Premier Icon sofaboy73
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    i’m with the others on the thread of windproof / wind resistant soft-shell in all but the worst of the weather (with temp appropriate layers underneath) and emergency shell layer for when it turns biblical / mechanicals / stops – as much to keep heat in as water out. being wet when your riding isn’t an issues, but being cold and uncomfortable is, keep the wind chill off and riding soggy for several hours isn’t a problem.

    personally i’t spend your money on a half decent softshell (i’ve got a stretchy mountain equipment windstopper softshell that refuses to die) and a decent mid layer (patagonia R1 pullover being my preferred choice). then by a cheap shell to keep in your pack for emergencies – mountain biking kills shell jackets so tend to buy what ever is on sale for this purpose knowing it won’t get heavy usage but equally i don’t have to be too precious about it (currently got goretex pacliet jacket that i picked up form sportspursuit for £50 iirc)

    Premier Icon DanW
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    ^ Got all that other stuff an agree with those points on layers and staying warm as the #1.

    As in the OP “I just want a really good outer barrier to the wet”

    I am really then looking at Outdry, Shakedry, Gore Tex Active or Paclite jackets that don’t have weird fit and maintain some kind of Winter visibility.

    I’ve got some inspiration on other brands to try so that is great

    Premier Icon rnscotch
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    Is Dryvent any good as a waterproof fabric? Anybody use North face? I believe it used to be called Hyvent all i know is it’s a polyurethane fabric.

    There is a tradeoff for a high waterproof rating, and that is low breathability and moisture coming from inside the jacket. I not looking for a completely waterproof rain jacket, if that means venting body heat and sweat will be impossible.

    Premier Icon boblo
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    Is Dryvent any good as a waterproof fabric? Anybody use North face? I believe it used to be called Hyvent all i know is it’s a polyurethane fabric.

    I’ve had HyVent skiwear for years and it’s been pretty good though obv in cold/dry conditions (usually). When it has got wet, I’ve stayed dry.

    I think I’d still go for Shakedry/full fat Gore-Tex/Neoshell over HyVent for UK conditions tho…

    Premier Icon jam-bo
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    i’ve got an arcteryx alpha FL that i picked up for a bargain £120.

    for that price its an amazing jacket. for the RRP? no chance. i run/ride/kayak/climb/hike in it and take very little care of it. keeps on working. could probably do with a proper wash and recoat soon but i never quite get around to it.

    Premier Icon mudfish
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    Badly wired dog
    Yeah mr Buffalo told me it basically waterproofs the breathable fleece lining. So stops it working as designed. I’ve washed and washed. Maybe 25 times. It still seems sweaty. Never did before. I’ll keep going!
    Plainly wash in is waterproofing The wicking liner so no more wicking.
    Beware.
    Nikwax instructions and support are poor on this. You can find the message not to use on wicking lined garments but it’s not always clear.
    I’m changing to Grangers.

    Premier Icon lowey
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    https://7mesh.com/mens-revelation-jacket

    Money no object, removable hood.

    Has anyone actually got one of these ? how well does it pack down ?

    Cheers

    Premier Icon gingerflash
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    For mountain biking i have a very old Gore Paclite in bright green, which is still excellent.

    However, as the owner of a shakedry (Castelli Idro Due), i would strongly recommend that, perhaps with some reflective belt thing over the top if that is a big concern.

    I don’t think i’d ever use the shakedry offroad though as I imagine it would tear easily and not be very amenable to repair.

    Premier Icon lawman91
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    @lowey, don’t have the Revelation but do have the 7Mesh Guardian (Gore Active rather than Pro) which is not a million miles off and it packs down fairly small, but not tiny. Too big to put in my 2L Dakine hip pack, but would go in a 5L one no problem. Revelation will be slightly less packable, but not by much.

    Premier Icon DanW
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    Does anyone know a good source for 7mesh jackets in the UK? Aside from Sigma I haven’t found much and they don’t have stock of sizes I would be after

    Premier Icon blitz
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    Might be worth a look in TK Maxx if passing one. My wife just found a Columbia Ex Reign Outdry Extreme jacket for £56! No mens in stock for me unfortunately but could be in other stores I guess.

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    How about this?

    I love that the suggested answer to a thread titled: ‘What money no object, totally waterproof jacket (that isn’t ShakeDry)’ is a jacket made from ShakeDry 🙂

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    True. I think I was looking for the “other waterproof thread” but lazily found this and made do 🙂

    Premier Icon DanW
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    Yep, there have only been a hundred ShakeDry recommendations 😀

    I get that it is a wonder material but I took a mental note of all my close encounters with brambles and other assorted vegetation in the past few rides and I don’t think it will last two seconds.

    The Ronhill link is a bargain to be fair. I’d want to cut off the hood though rather than have a wonderfully waterproof rain collector behind your head. Under helmet hoods are just weird as well 🙂

    Premier Icon ahsat
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    Does anyone know a good source for 7mesh jackets in the UK?

    Stif cycles (as in the store front of Jungle/UK Santa Cruz) stock 7 mesh.

    Premier Icon DanW
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    ^ Thanks. I had a quick check and they don’t have much. 7mesh look to be one of the many companies struggling for stock globally by the looks of it as I haven’t found much in stock anywhere.

    Premier Icon rnscotch
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    That is a damn good deal, but unfortunately with the sizes left you need to be built like a 12 year old boy.

    Premier Icon rnscotch
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    I had a quick check and they don’t have much. 7mesh look to be one of the many companies struggling for stock globally by the looks of it as I haven’t found much in stock anywhere.

    There is some 7mesh stock here dunno if it’s to your liking 7mesh

    Premier Icon DanW
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    ^ That is the only medium 7mesh waterproof I had found too

    Premier Icon Painey
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    I can’t be doing with reproofing jackets.

    All gore tex apart from shake dry requires re-proofing.

    Premier Icon rnscotch
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    That is the only medium 7mesh waterproof I had found too

    This is a medium there is a couple of others also but not sure if the others are waterproof. 7Mesh

    Premier Icon DanW
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    ^ yep that looks to be the only medium waterproof 7mesh going.

    I should have rephrased the reproofing bit to say “constant” which is where I am with my current jacket. A bit of TLC is ok but not every two seconds

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