Introducing the Troy Lee Designs Descent Jacket
By Stan Portus – 8 March 2021
It’s here! Troy Lee Designs has released the Descent Jacket, a brand-new wet weather mountain bike jacket. The Descent is fully waterproof and packed with features whilst being comfortable and stretchy, so you can attack rainy rides and the sloppiest of trails as if it was perfectly dry.
Mountain bikers rejoice. Troy Lee Designs has finally released a rain jacket, bringing its know-how and style to a type of outer layer that is, let’s face it, often a must in the UK.
The new Troy Lee Designs Descent Jacket is a fully waterproof rain jacket that’s packed full of features whilst being comfortable and stretchy, so you can attack rainy rides and the sloppiest of trails as if it was perfectly dry.
Whether you take to the rain like nobody’s business, or you’re looking for that top line of defence when going out is simply a must, the Descent is sure to prove a fast favourite for shrugging off storms and ripping through rain.
10K/10k Waterproof Fabric
When it comes to waterproof jackets, it’s all the about the fabric. For the Descent Jacket TLD has chosen a fabric that is waterproof and breathable, whilst being soft and stretchy.
The material has a waterproof rating of 10K/10k, meaning it can withstand 10,000mm of water per square inch on the outside and let out 10,000g of water vapour from the outside – the ideal mix for mild to high intensity workouts on the trails.
On the inside the fabric has a soft finish so even if you’re wearing the jacket over short sleeves, they’ll be no annoying abrasion when your arms are doing as much moving as your legs on descents.
The fabric’s ample stretch keeps comfort levels high even when the riding gets rowdy.
Taped and Welded Seams
The fabric does most of the work when it comes to keeping the rain out, but any weak points in the jacket’s construction could lead to water getting in. This is why Troy Lee Designs has gone for a welded and taped seam constructions to eliminate any points for potential water seepage.
The jacket closes with a YKK® Vislon Aquaguard locking zip to create a complete seal against the elements. At the top of the zip there is a soft and sturdy zipper guard.
Made for riding, you’ll likely be wearing the Descent Jacket whilst wearing a helmet.
TLD has designed the Descent with an over-the-helmet hood. This fits over your lid so you don’t have to sacrifice rain cover for the sake of protection. The hood has 3 points of adjustment so you can get a precise fit around your lid and keep things tidy.
Two pockets on the front of the jacket are perfect for warming your hands. They have waterproof zippers to keep any essentials or valuables nice and dry.
Drop Tail Hem and Elastic Cuffs
The Descent Jacket has a drop Tail hem for some welcome coverage on that’ll stop rain or any mud reaching your inner layers whilst you’re in a riding position.
It has an adjustable waist cinch too so you can create a complete seal at your waist. You can do the same at the cuffs too thanks to the elasticated design which are seamless for comfort and help complete the Descent Jacket’s minimal look.
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