O2 Nokomis Jacket and Pants Review

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Bottom Line
The O2 Nokomis Jacket and Pants are comfortable, with a great fit, and are extremely packable, breathable and waterproof. The jacket is full of features, the highlight being its switchability to a vest, which I used countless time in cooler weather and on evening rides. It has many other attributes, including the rear shoulder wide vent panel, excellent breathability for rain gear, a tall collar and a drooped rear (aka the diaper) for additional protection. The pants has a nice simple design, and there were easy to take on and off, even over mountain-bike shoes, and they had a great cut for pedaling in. To complete the ensemble, I recommend the addition of a good waterproof helmet cover, and perhaps some overshoes. This set did an amazing job keeping me warm and dry, and well ventilated in inclement weather, especially in some unbelievable ugly downpours.

I had a few minor quibbles with the jacket, such as the zipper’s snag on the adjacent material, and the sleeve zipper slider can irritate the clavicle area under the shoulder strap, and the front zipper’s bottom closure can come undone. I would love to see an integrated Velcro leg strap on the pants, which would add some great functionality to the product.

Their packability means “Don’t leave home without them!”. The jacket and pants are durable and have a great fit, and of course have excellent breathability and waterproofness, and have plenty of features that are functional, and very bike specific, and the material and build quality are outstanding.

Strengths

  • Breathability
  • Waterproofness
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Packable

Jacket

  • Can switch to vest
  • Shoulder wide rear vent panel
  • Rear pocket
  • Good fit
  • Tall collar
  • Rear diaper cover

Pants

  • Easy on and off
  • Good cut for pedaling
  • Simple

Weaknesses

Jacket

  • The bottom closure of the front zipper can come undone
  • The detachable sleeve’s zipper slider can irritate the clavicle area under the shoulder strap
  • Hi-Rez color can have subtle stains under shoulder strap
  • Zippers snag on material

Pants

  • Need an integrated Velcro leg strap by drivetrain (more of a wish list)

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

MSRP: Jacket $189.95 and Pants $89.95

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Nokomis Jacket Specs:

  • Visit the O2 Nokomis Jacket website
  • MSRP $189.95
  • 100% Brushed 2.5Layer Rip-Stop Nylon
  • Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight
  • Waterproof, fully taped internal seams
  • Detachable (zip-off) Sleeves
  • Packs into its own back pocket & has attachments that strap on to the seat post
  • Cross Shoulder Vents and mesh back panel on gilet
  • Waterproof full-length front zipper with garage
  • Welded waterproof regular back pocket and Napoleon front pocket
  • Elastic wrist cuffs with Velcro closure
  • Lower back loop for lights to clip onto
  • 360 degrees of reflectivity for safety
  • Form Fit
  • Supreme Wind & Water Protection
  • Breathability: W/R; MVP: 15,000g/m2/D;
  • Waterproof: 15,000mmH2O
  • Weight: Avg. 14 ounces depending on size
  • Colors: Black, Hi-viz Yellow
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Nokomis Pants Specs:

  • Visit the O2 Nokomis Pants website
  • MSRP $89.95
  • 100% Brushed 2.5Layer Rip-Stop Nylon
  • Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight
  • Waterproof, fully taped internal seams
  • Elastic waist with draw chord
  • Elastic ankle cuffs with zipper
  • Reflective logos on front thigh and back calf
  • Supreme Wind & Water Protection
  • Breathability: W/R; MVP: 15,000g/m2/D;
  • Waterproof: 15,000mmH2O
  • Weight: Avg. 10 ounces depending on size
  • Colors: Black
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Chris says:

    Showers Pass has a pair of pants that I’ve not found the equal of for the bike. Velcro strap to prevent snagging, Velcro cuffs, easy on/off with zippered ankles, knee vents that provide a light draft (used these in sub-freezing with no problem). I just checked their site, and it looks like the ones I have are no longer made, but their other options look nice. Good to have a choice!

  • Norm says:

    Does it come with a hood? I’ve noticed a lot of cycling rain jackets dont come w/ a hood anymore. Whats the reasoning?

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