Acre Meridian Alpine Jacket - Review

Jan 12, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Acre Meridian jacket review


Acre's Meridian Alpine jacket has a clean and simple look to it, one that's devoid of any flashy colors or obnoxious company logos. But don't be fooled by its low-key appearance – there's more to it than initially meets the eye, and an impressive amount of thought went into the creation of this waterproof-breathable garment.

The shell is constructed from Polartec NeoShell, a relatively new fabric that boasts a very high degree of breathability and also carries a 10,000+ mm waterproof rating. How does it work? According to Polartec, a minuscule bit of air permeability is built into the material, just enough to keep moisture traveling away from the wearer's body while at the same time blocking 99.9% of the wind.The fabric itself has a softer feel than what you'd expect from a traditional hard shell rain jacket, and it's also slightly stretchy to help keep it from binding or bunching up during the contortions that occur during a mountain bike ride.

Acre Meridian Jacket

• Waterproof Polartec NeoShell fabric
• Removable helmet compatible hood
• Zippered underarm vents
• Two zippered side pockets, plus internal and external chest pockets
• Weight: 328 grams (actual, size M)
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Colours: black, charcoal
• Made in Vancouver, BC
• Lifetime warranty
• MSRP: $455.00 USD
www.acre-supply.com / @ACRE-Supply

In addition to its two zippered underarm vents, the Meridian Alpine jacket has a total of four zippered pockets – one on each side, plus one outer and one inner chest pocket. Both chest pockets have a small slit for running earphones through, just in case you want to try and drown out the sound of the pouring rain with some tunes. The removable hood (five snaps attach it to the back of the collar) is designed to fit over a helmet and has an elasticized drawstring at the back and sites to help batten down the hatches and keep it in place. Available in black or charcoal, the Meridian Alpine comes in sizes S, M, L, or XL. Made in Vancouver, BC. MSRP: $455 USD.


Acre Meridian jacket review
The detachable hood is helmet compatible, and can be cinched down at the sides and rear.
Acre Meridian jacket review
It's designed for cycling, but the Meridian's cut means you won't attract strange glances if you decide to wear it out on the town.

Acre Meridian jacket review
Thumb loops keep the cuff from riding up and exposing bare skin to the elements.
Acre Meridian jacket review
Along with the three outer pockets, there's also a zippered internal pocket.



Performance

I've lost count of how many jackets I've tried that claimed to be 'waterproof-breathable', only to find myself taking them off partway up a climb because the only breathing happening was in my lungs. With that in mind, I approached the Meridian jacket with a healthy dose of skepticism, curious to see if it could handle the wet and humid conditions that prevail during the fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest.

As it turns out, the Meridian jacket easily withstood the parade of torrential downpours I subjected it to, keeping the rain at bay while still remaining free from any soggy clamminess on the inside. No matter how much effort I exerted, the inside of the jacket stayed impressively dry, even during long, slow climbs where the amount of airflow was minimal. I used the pit zips occasionally, but it was usually to help cool down rather than to let any excess moisture escape. Compared to a rain jacket that uses Gore Tex's Pro fabric, I'd say that the Polartec NeoShell used in the Meridian Alpine is more breathable. That extra breathability means underlayers stay dry longer, reducing the likelihood that you'll find yourself shedding or adding clothing in the middle of a rainstorm.

In addition to its top-notch weather protection and superb fit, it's the little details that push the Meridian even further towards the front of the pack, things like the elastic thumb loops that helped prevent a gap from forming between the jacket cuff and your gloves, and the fact that the side pockets are oriented vertically, eliminating the potential of sitting on your keys. On those extra-stormy days the hood worked well, staying securely put without impeding my vision. After eight months of usage in the rain and mud, and a few trips through the washing machine, the jacket still doesn't look any worse for wear, without even a frayed stitch to be seen, a testament to its high-quality construction.




Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesThere's no getting around the fact that there are much less expensive jackets that work almost as well as the Meridian, but the key word is 'almost'. For riders in search of the best of the best, a no frills garment that's built to keep you dry and comfortable even in the harshest of conditions, the Meridian Alpine jacket fits the bill. - Mike Kazimer



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124 Comments

  • + 81
 $450? So its a rain jacket that comes with a set of Saint brakes?
  • + 9
 i just bought a Tyvek suit for about 5$, works the same (or better), and i dont mind how i look on a bike in the forest covered in mud
  • + 23
 Its not even called slope style so how do they justify that price.
  • + 30
 Wait until you've been stuck trying to take photos on top of a mountain in a snow/thunderstorm in a jacket about as waterproof as Spongebob, buying a top end waterproof no longer feels like a luxury at that point. I gladly dropped that much on a 3-layer goretex jacket after that afternoon (Val D'Isere EWS 2013, if anybody cares - and it wasn't this Acre jacket I bought), well, once I'd stopped shivering I did. They aren't for everyone, but if you have to spend serious time in serious conditions it's money well-spent.
  • + 15
 No, that price is still insane. I could get a good snowboard jacket for less and I guarantee you could find a 'gore-tex' style shell that works just as good for less than half of that. The only reason to buy this is because its made in Canada, which is an actual selling point.
  • + 15
 High end waterproof membranes and shell fabrics are absolutely worth the cost if you spend a lot of time in harsh conditions. If you're a casual rider, resort skier, etc where you can tolerate some discomfort/wetness for a while, then go indoors to dry out your gear and warm up, then inexpensive shells are completely fine. When you're out in the backcountry, cold and wet for hours/days with nowhere to go and warm up, managing moisture is a big friggin deal. A good shell fabric can mean the difference between your insulating layers keeping you nice and toasty or wetting through and dumping your heat to the environment.

Would I buy something like this for afternoon mtb rides? Probably not, and I'm sure Marmot/MHW/whatever make a more affordable equivalent. But there's a place for great gear like this, and if you're a bikepacker or tourer this type of jacket would be great. On top of that, Mission/Acre have a great reputation for quality and make their stuff in North America.
  • + 5
 @thisspock there's Gore-tex and there's Gore-tex. All the major waterproof shell materials (Gore, eVent, DryQ, etc) have different levels of breathability/performance. Gore tex has regular, active, and pro, like the Deore, SLX, and XTR of shells. The performance difference is noticeable... so is the price. Do you NEED goretex pro to go ice climbing, biking, whatever? No. But if you're out there doing that kind of thing constantly and for long periods of time it's worth the money to stay dry.
  • + 2
 @mattwragg it's not the fact that a very nice and waterproof jacket is not something I I want but rather something I need, it's just 400+ dollars for a 10k mm waterproof jacket? It's barely waterproof at that point. 30 minutes in the rain and you will still be wet. Spending that much on a gore Tex pro shell would definitely be a deal. After having a marmot precip and moving into a gore Tex unit, it's much better value/performance.
  • + 0
 This jacket is hyper-specialized gear. It makes as much sense for the average rider as Everest boots make for a dayhiker. Some people need it, but most of the market for this jacket is people too dumb to realize they don't. A more reader-oriented review would have made that clearer.
  • - 2
 Do not forget ...It has body bag zippers. That TOTALLY Justifies that price.
  • + 6
 @Phillyenduro If people only buy stuff they really need our economy would collapse and all we get back to the Stone Age and... guess what were wheels made with back then? Yes, it was an extremely heavy shit.
So please, leave the dummies alone, they are the engine of the economy.
  • + 1
 I have a 3 layer jacket that looks almost exactly like this Acres jacket, and I paid $180 brand new. Its not "cycling specific" therefore I saved a whole bunch of cash. Shop around.
  • + 3
 Remember that squamish (where pb is based last i checked) is literally a rain forest. An average of ~2500mm of rain a year makes it much easier to justify nice rain jackets
  • - 1
 @j12j I think your definition of "nice rain jackets" is skewed. $80 rain jacket and a decent base layer with pit zips functions as well, if not better.

Oh wait, more to the point...if you rip your $450 rain jacket, you're screwed, even if they give a "crash replacement" warranty because that would mean at a 40% markup, wholesale cost to them is still $250!!!

Or...OR!...you could buy 5 $80 rain jackets with pit zips for you and your entire Christmas list...and those folks would drive shuttle for their awesome gift giving riding bro!
  • + 5
 lol @ or... OR!
  • + 7
 If you rip your $450 jacket that sucks, but you can always just get an $8 roll of tenacious tape or a gore tex patch kit and fix it....

Besides, most of the big companies (Arcteryx, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, BD, etc) have had outstanding customer service and replaced several of my friends' jackets/tents/whatever free of charge when things went wrong.

Personally I think pit zips suck. They add bulk when packed and limit stretch/mobility, and when your arms are down at your side (which is most of the time) the pit vents are mostly blocked. When your arms are up they vent, but they let water/snow in like crazy. I much prefer a shell that breathes well, along with dressing slightly cold to prevent sweating too much. To be fair though, pit zips are probably much more effective for biking than for other activities due to the position of your arms and the constant air movement. But they still let water in.

This is the same argument we always have with nice bikes, nice components, nice shoes, nice packs, etc. Nice gear makes a big difference if you're really out there testing it to the limit. Even if you're not, it can still be really nice.

TL;DR: nice things are nice. Stop hating.
  • + 2
 OK. Let's try to pretend that we have no idea how much ACRE actually wants you to pay for the jacket.

Now answer this as honestly as possible - having read the review and seen the pictures, how much would you actually pay to have one of these jackets in your closet?

If the average of our answers is much less or much more than what ACRE is asking, then I think they have a problem.
  • + 2
 @colin1486 you like that dramatic pause and reiteration do you? Wink
  • + 0
 Is this the enduro version ?
  • + 1
 $445? FFS
  • + 27
 I dont think Californian's opinions matter on this jacket.
Looking out the window, it is raining sideways right now 9:45pm at 0c-32F degrees and I'll bet you money that there are people riding the northshore right now. Tech shells are very important. Hopefully the high end prices will come down more.
  • + 0
 I live in California and we've had a meter or so of rain since 10/1/15 on our local trails. Am I allowed to say I'd feel like a poser in a $500 (sales tax) jacket?
  • + 78
 I call bullshit. Californians can't convert inches into meters.
  • + 5
 We can when we have seen our lakes almost dissapear and then now see them slowly come back
  • + 21
 You're from LA. Automatically dqed from any discussion about rain.
  • + 1
 Consigned
  • + 4
 Hey... it rained last week.
  • + 5
 Amen.

If you don't live up here (don't worry, I'll count Bham as "here" Kazimer!), you really don't understand why a jacket that's 80% as good for 1/4 the price just doesn't hack it. That 20% matters, when conditions are what you say.
All it takes is one horrible, miserable nightride for you to be willing to spend wheelset money on a jacket.
  • + 2
 dhmachine86. I concede. Not necessarily because I agree, but because I realized that (a) I don't wan to piss off any Canadians because they play hockey and I might want to visit some day. and (b) if I didn't live in California and lived in a country with decent health care at affordable prices, then I could afford one of these jackets.
  • + 1
 Ironic as Acre is California company... no?
  • + 1
 Around here we just call that 'Tuesday', @Miller16SD
  • + 29
 I don't think I'd drop $400 on anything but some wheels, fork, or a frame. looks like a dope jacket tho!
  • + 3
 It better comes with that helmet.
  • + 3
 It better come with that helmet AND a season pass at Whistler.
  • + 27
 Check price. Eliminate possibility of ever buying said product. Scroll to comments.
  • + 4
 Dude, get out of my head ;-)
  • + 24
 $455 USD = $648 CAD hahahaaa..ouch.
  • + 3
 ditto for AUD.
No thanks, a new wheelset is way higher up on the list then a rain jacket.
Not that I need one at the moment, with the temps in Oz hanging at the 30-35 Celsius mark Big Grin
  • + 1
 There is SO much shopping I'm not doing lately coz of our dollar. Ebay especially. Once GSP tacks on its costs fees, CRC has almost anything I'm looking for at an WAY better price.
  • + 2
 YEAH but You have a thumb loop for 648$ priceless
  • + 1
 excellent point
  • + 18
 Meh. No carbon fiber.
  • - 6
flag ksg1 (Jan 11, 2016 at 21:20) (Below Threshold)
 baaaaahahahahahahaha! not!
  • + 9
 Posting reviews like this (premium priced components/accessories/clothing, etc.,) must be one way Pinkbike pays the bills, and I can't fault them for that. At least they acknowledge the high cost of the jacket compared to competitive alternatives. The average PB user would never buy a $455 jacket.
  • + 6
 It is an odd marketing decision though. They must know the comments section is just going to dump on the product for being priced in that "successful dentist" income bracket.
  • - 1
 The average PB user wouldn't buy a $5000 bike either. Or a $70,000 car/truck. "The best of the best" is reserved for people who work for it, who earn it. It's good to know what the benchmark is.
  • + 5
 @deadtime you were on the right track until you got into the "work for it" bit.

All kinds of products in this world, made for all kinds of demographics and user groups. The "average PB commenter" (APBC) doesn't really stop to think that MAAAAYBE a company like Acre/MW does a business plan for a garment product, thinks about how many they need to make at a certain price to justify the investment, thinks about what kinds of products their brands represent, and studies the market to see what cost it will bear.

No, "APBC" thinks that multiple companies around the world continue to increase prices, proliferate standards, and get increasingly technical out of spite, because it means that APBC cannot get what is new and flashy and increasingly technical RIGHT AT THIS MINUTE.

You know who else manufactures technical outerwear in Vancouver BC? Arcteryx. Some of it anyway. Have you seen their prices? They don't make a mountain bike jacket, but if they did, it wouldn't be much different from this piece.

It might occur to APBC after some reflection that riders who have tried and destroyed multiple other garments and are dissatisfied with the current offerings on the market are ready to say SCREW IT and lay down the plastic for the promise of having their problems solved with this piece.
  • + 2
 In the area that PB (squamish, a rain forest 2500 mm of rain a year) is based there are plenty of people that will shell out this much for a jacket. GORE-TEX starts at ~$450 CAD and arcteryx stuff (used to be made in vancouver not anymore) runs like $650 CAD, wescomb another made in vancouver company runs about the same
  • + 8
 It's a justifiable price for a product made in one of the most expensive places to live. They better pay them folks making it good dough! Plus, why all the bad comments when there are $8000 bikes being reviewed. $450 jacket that is meant for one of the rainiest places is a great accessory...that i can't afford either but many can. These high end products are necassary to push the envelope in stuff being made like those bikes we ride. That $3500 bike 10 years ago is a piece of shit now but evolved into a amazing $4500 (with inflation) bike now.
Just my 2 cents Smile
  • + 3
 You're going to need more than that.
  • + 8
 This is not a commodity piece. None of their gear is. It's well made shit that can stand extremes. I've got one of their Hauser bags, and it's f*cking awesome. The market for this stuff, however, is not your typical PB piker. It's the people with desk jobs, who make money, and don't mind spending it on shit that works and isn't all neon or leopard prints. Haters gonna hate Smile
  • + 7
 If I win the powerball, I will buy everyone who comments one of these overpriced jackets.
  • + 2
 this jacket is made of plastic. Now go buy that loto ticket
  • + 3
 Ive got a Sportful Fiandre Extreme road cycling Jacket made from the same Polartec Neoshell material and it is actually astounding how breathable it is for such a warm waterproof garment, yeah its pricey but it keeps me training all through the winter months regardless of temperature or weather, so i can justify the cost, it wasnt as much as the acre jacket but its a fair bit simpler (£270/$390)
  • + 3
 a great high tech rain jacket on or off the trail is a must in the pacific northwest.. it's worth having a real nice one in the wardrobe. I already have the Westcomb neoshell jacket also made in Vancouver. But the bags from Acre look great, been looking for a waterproof hydration pack for riding..
  • + 3
 I picked up a Neoshell jacket from Eastern Mountain Sports for less than 1/2 that price intending to wear it riding, but it's too nice to destroy. It's my good rain jacket now and I picked up a cheap Royal Racing Matrix for riding. Not nearly as good as the EMS but if I rip it I won't be too sad. I never wear a jacket on the big climbs anyway as I just overheat, so it goes on at the top. Sometimes we carry a dry shirt to change into as well, which feels great.
  • + 7
 when it said pretty penny i was expecting like $80.... but $455?!
  • + 33
 $80 will get you a trash bag poncho with an Enve logo.
  • + 1
 My trash-bag poncho says "EASTON"
  • + 6
 Oh wow actually looks pretty nice and functional! I would love that! tup

Wait.. $455.00 Eek Hell no!
  • + 3
 \Got a 120EUR Sugoi rain jacket a while back, lovely thing, delighted with it/ Brushed a tree on first ride with it, tore a six inch gash in the arm.

Can't begin to imaging how painful that would be in a $400 jacket.
  • + 2
 I've spent a lot of days outside in some pretty $hitty conditions and I know the value of good gear. $450 is not that value. Look at Sierra trading post and you will find a lot of good jackets similar to this for around $100.
  • + 5
 When the Acre staff and Kitsbow employees meet in the street for a rumble, they fight with lit $100 bills.
  • + 2
 Haha in their prada shoes.
  • + 2
 I have an acre bag, suuuper nice, super durable, probably my favorite piece of kit. Use it for hiking, for mtb. For anything outdoors where I'll need water and some supplies. It was 200 bucks. Justifiable in my eyes. But God damn, 450 for a jacket. Just can't see it.
  • + 2
 I've put two hard rides on my new Meridian as of today. Both rides were in the pouring rain. Temp was in the low fourties. Underneath the jacket I was wearing a single layer Merino-wool hooded jersey, also made my Maridian called the 'Faroe'.

This is the first jacket for MTB that I am entirely happy with. It wicks away all traces of body sweat before it gets to the point that you feel it on your skin. Sure it was costly, but what none of you fools seem to realize [or acknowledge] before you jump on the ridicule bandwagon is that some stuff is in a whole different class compared to everything else. This jacket is s work of art, and as an Artiste myself, I recognize this fact. Every aspect of the jacket is incredibly well-done, well designed, and UNLIKE my $250 Endura jacket...is incredibly well-made. There are gussets in key areas for strength, and the taped-seam work is flawless and well executed. So yes, I won't be using my $250 Endura jacket anymore now that I've got this Meridian, and I very much doubt that the Meridian will fall apart, literally, at the seams like my Endura jacket did at the 8 month mark. In fact, they gaurantee it for life against defects in craftsmanship.

It is a whole new level of stupid to put down a work of art that you are too broke or cheap to purchase for yourself. What good is having a great bike and access to great riding if your cheap gear ruins your comfort level. This jacket is something of a game-changer in terms of comfort.. Anyone who makes a statement such as using garbage bags in comparison to a jacket like this is either an idiot plain and simple, or is too lazy to work hard enough to purchase one and see just why a jacket is being made like this one. Even the side pockets are perfectly thought out, and no, the zippers are not going to be 'toast' like some moron above so stated. These zipper are gauranteed not to fail, and are already proven to last. It comes down to how much you ride, and if you ride as much as some people do--like myself--then you'd actually be willing to pay almost ANY amount for gear that actually makes the riding experience a pleasure in all respects instead of a curse. And no : goretex doesn't hold a candle to this material.

Thanks Meridian for daring to create high functioning Artwork. No one does this anymore. Most stuff is utter garbage after very little use.
  • + 7
 Vancouver tuxedo
  • + 2
 It's not denim.
  • + 2
 Denim is a Winnipeg tuxedo...Vancouver has to be water proof
  • + 1
 It's looking like 'I' might be one of the rare few people who appreciate this jacket enough to do what it takes to buy one. I'll be buying one this week. I moved to the Pacific N.W. last year [Bellingham area of WA]..and NONE of my jackets can 'do' what I need them to do here. I'd say, 90% of my riding takes place in wet, cold, clammy weather. And a jacket like this that is at once tough, waterproof, and exceedingly breathable is exactly what I am after. Sure it's a lot of dosh, but so is the beer I like, the food I eat, and the other gear I own. If you buy the best you buy once. Like my Danner boots : handmade, paid $400 for them, but they are going on 12 years old now, and just as good as they were when new.

As for myself, I'm thankful that someone out there dares to make jackets for mountain bikers that are both cutting edge in terms of fabric as well as function. It's still cheaper than an Acterix shell...which is what I was leaning toward until I found Acre online...
  • + 1
 You (should) only (have to) buy quality once. Too bad it's not $455 CAD. It's a premium product and deserves a premium price for sure, but unfortunately the CAD $ makes it too much money but that's not Acre's fault, really. I mean holy shit, at 70cents on the US$ nothing is affordable up here any more.

And then when you use it it's pissing rain out which means you are going to crash (as one often does when riding in the swamp) and then you're going to (or eventually will) tear up your $650CAD rain shell.

I love quality ski/climbing jackets but as soon as you bring these things to a sport that shreds gear like mtn biking it's tough to justify such a highball piece.

If they can tap into the Asian Seawall walker market in Vancouver that Arc'teryx has a monopoly on they are set. Made in Vancouver eh? What premium outdoor garment maker is located in Vancouver? No idea....

I am sure this thing is as nice a riding jacket as money can buy. The Gore stuff is nice, but has so many really dumb features (neoprene cuffs) or lack of features (no pit zips or literally zero pockets) and is thus much less expensive: $300USD.
  • + 1
 I just ordered a Meridian in gray. I'm by no means rich but living in WA I'm sick of not having a jacket that works the way I want it to, in fact NEED it to. I'm riding in the rain nearly 90% of my rides...and a jacket like this just might be a game changer for me. Also, I spoke personally with a guy on the phone and the jacket has a life time warranty against defects. He also said that should I ever damage the jacket from a major crash they can repair it.

I'm not a rich dude by any means but there IS a need for super-high end stuff like this for people who actually NEED a jacket that functions like the Meridian.
  • + 1
 Ignoring the obvious pricing nonsense, it looks like a very well throught out jacket with lots of features I'd appreciate. It's nicely understated too. I hope the hood rolls up so you don't have to remove it every time you want to ride though. I'll never buy one, but I do like it.
£370 is nearly double what I paid for an Arcteryx full feature gore tex. I'm betting Acre/mission don't do much business in the UK.
  • + 1
 Kathmandu do a great end of season sale and I got an end of line gore equivalent for £100. Four years later it's just about had it. Ok it's lime green but who gives a shit when your warm and dry. Mountaineering helmet fit on hood and stands up to snags. Happy days.
  • + 2
 Polartec NeoShell is a brand name for the material, quick Google brings up a load of jackets that use the same stuff and are cheaper and in theory work just as well?
polartec.com/product/polartec-neoshell
  • + 1
 455$ really expensive.... I'm also a runner and a good jacket for rain it's 200$, same technology all time... Don't know why clothes for bike is so expensive maybe is because our sports is expensive and stupid companies think that we are all rich and we can qll afford.
Except for short and pant, I will stop buy clothes from bike company.
  • + 2
 You can get a more waterproof jacket,more breathable jacket for half that money,within10 minutes online.Who buys these things,doesn't even seem like a viable business model,or am I missing something?
  • + 6
 i dont get it
  • + 2
 Sweet .will look for the Polar teck neo shell material in a tad more affordable product. Polar teck fleece is super thin yet has great thermal properties.
  • + 1
 I don't doubt for a second that it's a very well put-together, high performance garment. But at this price point it's really just for the people with more money than sense. Of which there are PLENTY in the cycling world.
  • + 2
 This is like arcteryx products. I bought a ski shell for $650, and sure its a superb jacket but in the end i believe a $300 shell would do the same job.... just not worth it.
  • + 4
 I'll get this when I win the $1.3 billion powerball on Wednesday.
  • + 1
 It's really very wet here in the UK, but this jacket converts to £315. I just bought a waterproof breathable cycle jacket from Madison while it was on sale for £49 no brainer !!
  • + 2
 what jacket was that mate ? ive just torn a massive hole in a £250 Berghaus and need something to replace it that wont cost me a weeks pay !
  • + 1
 It's a Madison prime, seems very good I bought it at LBS but found it cheaper on line. Haven't worn it in very hard rain yet but it's comfy and breaths well. I already have Madison waterproof shorts and non waterproof shorts, both are very good and wearing well, can't really fault them.
  • + 0
 I've noticed that the feel of the fabric inside a jacket can prevent that clammy feeling as much/more than the breathability rating of the membrane itself. When I'm wearing other layers under them I stay equally warm, but directly against my skin the jacket with the more plastic-y texture feels gross, while the more fleecy feeling one feels great.

I'm really liking this latest generation of waterproof-softshell hybrid type materials (neoshell, dryq elite, etc). Definitely makes a big difference in perceived comfort.
  • + 1
 1. The price is ridiculous. 2. Thumb loops, as well intentioned as they are, create pressure points at the exact area that we grip handlebars. Just the facts, man.
  • + 1
 i just bought a Tyvek suit for about 5$, works the same (or better), and i dont mind how i look on a bike in the forest covered in mud
  • + 3
 lordy lordy, thats a lot o dough
  • + 2
 Man... this thing would make me look $$$ on my Huffy.
  • + 1
 The Ride It Clothing jacket is incredible at just £99.99. www.rideitclothing.bigcartel.com/product/waterproof-jacket
  • + 1
 this is nuts!! imagine if you fell on the first ride with it, and just tear it apart??
  • + 2
 Does it come with tiny hands that will tweak my nipples as I ride?
  • + 3
 Just open the front zipper on a chilly day and Mother Nature will do that for you.
  • + 1
 Seems legit material but I'll pass on the price tag! I do wonder how the material holds up in a crash tho?
  • + 0
 I bought a very similar Sugoi jacket for $160. The Sugoi lacks the thumb loops and pit zips but for the price difference I can easily live without those.
  • + 1
 very vague details on the very breathable membrane... for that much money I want to see numbers.
  • + 2
 www.bombergear.com/sites/default/files/NeoShell.pdf not exactly hard to find information on the fabric
  • + 1
 Thanks, didnt see that listed on acre site when I checked this morning
  • + 1
 Fox Wear in Salmon ID will make a custom sized Neoshell rain jacket staring at $150 USD.
  • + 2
 First off and you'll be crying all the way home.
  • + 3
 Redonkulous.
  • + 2
 yep i had to google it:

A word I have been hearing the last year or two is “redonkulous,” (or alternatively “redonkulus”), which the Urban Dictionary defines as “significantly more absurd than ridiculous, to an almost impossible degree.”
  • + 3
 Gucci.
  • + 2
 Or Prada
  • + 1
 neither Gucci nor Prada are made in Vancouver. This particular piece from Acre, however, is and it looks to feel right at home in the AM/enduro environment. Not sure if one can say that about Gucci or Prada.
  • + 4
 Free Gucci!
  • + 2
 Only $455?! I'll take three please.
  • + 2
 Eeek, doesn't fit my bill. Man that's a lot of cash for a shell.
  • + 3
 ROFL $455
  • + 1
 For this price I would buy it only, if it comes with crash replacement ????
  • + 1
 one big crash and its a seat cover
  • + 1
 This $h!T is just as bad as the Kitsbow nonsense!!
  • + 1
 Not Another Nylon Windbreaker.... $648 CAD
WTH!!!!
  • + 0
 CrackHeads!!!
  • + 1
 I will stick to a garbage bad with a hole in it...
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 Why on earth would you spend that much??? Acre meridian that is the most single stupid thing I have seen this week. It better come with a free water bottle if I pay that much lol.
  • + 4
 I buy rain jackets that leave me either slightly wetter or slightly sweatier, but save about $300. Some people have disposable income to blow on bike stuff, a lot of it's silly but still better than piles of disposable crap from Target.

I know that if I rode in cold rain regularly and had a fully-dialed bike a jacket that actually breathes and keeps me dry would be a much better use of my money than getting my bike weight down to 25 lbs at $1/gram.

Plus this looks way less nerdy than most MTB specific jackets and I'd happily wear it for other activities.
  • + 1
 Fair enough. I guess my opinion is irrelevant being from socal and riding in rain maybe once
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 Ive bought SOLID bikes for less. Put your boners away, Acre.
  • + 1
 lol. how many people on pinkbike are looking for the "best of the best"
  • + 0
 1 year and that zipper is done

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