Mountain Elite Jacket
Now onto the jacket itself, and how it functions and works in the real world. I wanted to try this jacket out in the rain, but it is the winter time in Colorado so rain is still a few months off. Instead I had to use it in snowstorms, bitter cold and nasty windy weather. However, I did put the optional hood on and took a shower with it, and it passed with flying colors.
The first time you put the jacket on it feels too short, but as soon as you ride with it on you realize that the shorter length keeps the bottom portion of the jacket from getting in the way of pedaling and other biking maneuvers. A lot of jackets for inclement weather like to either get caught up with your knees while pedaling or worse getting caught by the nose of your saddle while doing intricate moves off the back of the bike. It is a very comfortable jacket, that is cut loose, so it works well with the clothes you wear for mountain biking and the way you dance around while singletracking. When the jacket is fully zipped up, the neck fits snuggly so that rain and snow are less apt to enter in through the neck area.
The jacket feels very comfortable with pack on, and does not seem to bind you at any points while riding, and I had no issues with any tightness in the back while bent over holding onto the handlebars.