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Review: Jack Wolfskin Bike Commute Jacket

Review: Jack Wolfskin Bike Commute Jacket

Photo credit: Jack Wolfskin.

By Anders Lorenzen

I was intrigued and perplexed and unsure what to expect when I first put on the very minimalistic, slick and lightweight fleece jacket labelled as a Bike Commute Jacket from the outwear brand Jack Wolfskin.

While it through its name is marketed to cyclists, I would argue that it is doing it a bit of a disservice and to a certain extent underselling it. It is also not clear from the name that it is more like a fleece jacket than a more conventional activewear jacket.

Versatility

But the fleece jacket is incredibly versatile. Yes I did use it when taking our daughter out on our cargo bike, but equally easily slid it on when it is moderately cold, but not quite cold enough for a full winter jacket and just popping out for a short while. For reference this means that for my personal preference this fleece jacket is warm enough to use as your main outdoor wear when not spending more than 15 min outside and it is no colder than 6 degrees C and you’re in motion.

It is also a great product for providing that extra layer as we have entered the cold winter months and is ideal for winter activities such as skiing, hiking, road and off road cycling and even some trail running when it is particular cold, or perhaps you happen to find yourself in a slightly cold house or hut where this is an ideal component for layering up.

I, for one, will definitely be packing it as we head to Scotland over the Christmas break.


The standout features of the lightweight 430g fleece jacket which materials allow it to be stretchy and breathable is fast drying and comes with two hand pockets, zipped back-pocket, thumb holes on the sleeve cuffs.

From a design perspective, the only thing I would point out is that the sleeve cuffs are slightly on the tight side, and my personal preference is that at least one of the two side pockets would have come with a zip. 

It is sustainable, produced with 100% recycled polyester which is obtained by melting down existing plastic (like old plastic bottles) and re-spinning it into new polyester fibre. It is certified as the bluesign® product which stands for safe textiles, environmentally friendly production and responsible use of resources.

It can be purchased here.


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