Cube AM Storm Jacket - Review

Jul 19, 2016
by Olly Forster  
Cube AM Storm Jacket Review Photo Ben Winder

Not one to be content with a sound line of bikes to suit all tastes and persuasions, German megabrand Cube are making significant strides into the apparel market. With subtle branding that doesn't shout 'Cube Bikes', their new AM Series of clothing looks to address the needs of today's trail and 'all-mountain' riders. Their AM Storm jacket certainly ticks many of the prerequisites for a solid rain jacket. Manufactured from 'Primetronic' material, a unique technical fabric offering excellent 'beading' and water-repellency while remaining robust enough to handle the demanding conditions which come with muddy days in the mountains.

Cube AM Storm Jacket Details:

• Waterproof, wind-resistant rain jacket
• 3-layer fabric
• Taped seams and zips
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
• Ventilation zip at front
• Adjustable storm hood
• Reflective prints
• Small pack size
• 10,000 mm waterproof rating
• MSRP: €199 / £149 GBP
cube.eu

On the trails

The AM Storm jacket is a lightweight, packable, non-season specific riding jacket designed to offer protection from the elements when you need it most. That's usually miles from the car and on the side of a dirty big hill in the rain. Aside from the superb water repellency that this jacket delivers, its construction is also noteworthy, feeling resoundingly tough and fit for purpose. Lacking any breathability in the fabric, ventilation duties are handled by the two huge vents, masquerading as pockets, at the front of the jacket.


Cube AM Storm Jacket Review Photo Ben Winder
The large zipped vents provide ample ventilation when on the move.
Cube AM Storm Jacket Review Photo Ben Winder
And they also double up as pockets for off-bike duties...


Utilising a material that lacks any breathable properties would be a big deal for most outdoorists, but not for an application that involves excessive amounts of mud and potentially costly interactions with the trail. After all, one crash and your £600 jacket would be in shreds... That's a significant reason behind why many mountain bike jackets aren't made from some costly uber-material. Instead, strategic vents do the work and considering the perspiration levels generated from riding - which can overwhelm all but the most expensive of breathable fabrics - are preferred. The AM Storm jacket has two monstrous vents at the front which, providing you're moving forwards, deliver a steady supply of cooling air.


Cube AM Storm Jacket Review Photo Ben Winder
The adjustable hood is a good size but too small to cover a helmet.
Cube AM Storm Jacket Review Photo Ben Winder
The cut is on the 'athletic' side so I would advise trying before you buy.


Overheating was, however, an issue during testing in the wet spring and early summer weeks that we've had here in the UK, especially at lower altitudes. It wasn't the coolest either during an especially mild and wet winter here where the temperature rarely dipped below 5 degrees celsius. Mated with a quality base layer, it did provide ample protection from the elements without overheating, but only on exposed trails where the windchill would stabilise temperatures on the inside of the jacket and keep perspiration levels at bay. At higher altitudes and in colder temperatures, the AM Storm jacket did what it was supposed to and would make a great addition to many riders' wardrobes for both colder winter months and those trips into the mountains, even during the summer months. This was proved in the Alps this year, where temperatures dropped and the heavens opened. Having a robust, packable and waterproof jacket on hand could really make the difference.


Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesCube's AM Storm jacket is a superb example of a waterproof jacket that can take the rough with the smooth. With an aesthetic vibe that wouldn't look out of place on the high street or at your local bar, it will certainly appeal to those with an eye for style. Construction quality is also similarly tip-top and after several trips through the washer, sans detergent too, the AM Storm's water repellency credentials are still firmly intact, as is the rest of the jacket. But at lower altitudes and in fairer months, the AM Storm can be a touch on the warm side making it all the more suited to those who find themselves on exposed trails in colder months. Similarly for those going on summer trips to the mountains where the weather can really do what it wants when it wants, the packable Storm AM jacket could prove a useful addition to your gear collection. - Olly Forster





MENTIONS: @cubebikesofficial




47 Comments

  • 74 17
 Just what I need a $200 jacket that I am going to get covered in mud. It will go great with my $150 glasses, $300 helmet, $100 shorts, $150 shoes, oh yeah and my $4000 bike. Hey mountain bike "industry" f*ck off.
  • 12 0
 I'm done with the pricing also, I just go here now - www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/collections/mtb-mens-jackets
  • 37 3
 Apparently I'm in the minority here. I don't consider £150 a ripoff. It's not cheap, but this is a branded item of clothing and the pricing reflects that. As anyone who's been in a North Face shop in the last ten years will attest, their products are beyond expensive and you're paying for a whole lot of badge, but they certainly perform.

My current waterproof is a Kathmandu which funnily enough, cost me almost exactly what this jacket retails for. It's done stellar work on and off the bike for about four years now, with no noticeable wear beyond a worn cuff and a snapped zipper handle.

Again, for once it appears I'm in the minority here, but I've always been of the opinion that it pays dividends to stump up proper money for waterproof clothing. I've had cheap waterproofs before and they were unbearable to do any sort of activity in, let alone pedal up a damn mountain.
  • 4 3
 @sewer-rat: Stop being so cheep!
  • 13 0
 @Harverto: I have to be !! It enables me to blow more cash on stuff I don't need
  • 3 0
 Word to that!
  • 1 0
 @sewer-rat: Tim, you get your bikes given to you.
  • 1 0
 @Harverto: haha harsh
  • 1 0
 you could take up ping pong. i bet thats cheap.
  • 1 0
 @sewer-rat: Very nice link you got there! Just bought the Swift water proof in blue/red. Can't wait to try it out and write a review!

Thanks man!
  • 2 0
 @gkeele: What it should reflect is durability!

With many of the brands, durability is not part of the price. My pair of Rockgardn shorts have taken many spills from me and have yet to show degradation after a year of wear and unforeseen ass-to-trail slides. They cost me $58 when I bought them.

I also have a pair of Scott Trail 20 short I got at a great discount. They are holding up well, but due to the color of the butt, -electric blue-, the seat has pushed dirt into the nylon and it wont come out, making it look like I had a trail accident in my shorts. I only wear the trail 20's on wet days now. The Trail 20's look awesome when muddy!

I also bought a pair of 2015 FOX Camo Rangers. On my first lay-down threads were showing significant wear, at around three months after purchase the left pocket material started to degrade. They are almost 7 months old now and threads around the waist band have started breaking and fraying after having a seamstress fix the pocket. The Rangers are not worth the $69 I paid for them.

My friend bought a pair of Zoic shorts for $90. Stitching pulled out on his first spill after only owning them for a month. That could just be from the way he slide down the loose rocks though!
  • 1 1
 @XCMark: ANY TIME DUDE
  • 1 0
 I saw a jacket in Costco, looked just like a jacket I sell where I work for $130. At costco it costs $20. LOL. I looked that jacket over, I would have a hard time telling them apart if the logos were removed. Maybe it wouldn't hold up as well, the stitching and zippers looked fine. And you could buy six of them for the same amount of cash...LOL.
  • 8 2
 I like the style jackets...and I understand their use...but these prices are freaking embarrassing. I know people that would pay this much but it's a very small percentage. There are plenty of other options out there for much less.
  • 12 4
 "Water resistant" so after like 10 minutes in some rain you'll feel like a soggy burrito?
  • 8 0
 Not once does the article call that jacket water resistant, it's a waterproof.
  • 2 0
 @gkeele: you're right! They must have changed it. My bad
  • 1 0
 @gkeele: Its waterproof to an extent. That's what the ratings are for. 10K waterproof rating is pretty good, but if you stand out in the rain for a long period of time in it you will get pretty wet. Its not going to keep you completely dry for a long period of time like a full on gore-tex garment would.
  • 1 0
 @sino428:

"Mountain Hardware", breathable Riding and Hiking jackets for actually keeping dry!
  • 8 0
 mtb jackets need armpit zips, mesh, or at least eyelets there for venting and a back vent flap dealeo.
  • 5 0
 Down graded ski shells die as my mountain bike coats. All the proper venting and no worries about the damage that is inevitable from riding in the bush.
  • 7 0
 I see why its not in Canadian dollars.....
  • 8 0
 Lmao! "Useful addition to your gear collection..." At this price it is your entire gear collection
  • 4 0
 a quick calculation gave me $1200cad for the jacket. your welcome
  • 5 2
 Seriously this is more expensive than my marmot coat that I can wear in humid Minnesota summers and not feel overly stifled. Granted I'm a little more careful while riding but jeez oh and I didn't even pay retail for it 80 bucks at REI members garage sale cause some guy wore it once and decided it didn't fill his needs...I was like whats the next step above this? A dry suit?
  • 10 7
 285 Canadian for a jacket.. I ride in $10 buck tee shirt when its cold I ride in a $40 buck hoodie .. The prices are retarded I could buy a full Zee brakeset from CRC for that price
  • 3 0
 I have bought a couple of shirts and shorts from Cube in the past for my girlfriend and myself. They look good but the shirts’ quality is lacking. They start to dissolve after a couple rides.
  • 3 0
 Endurance humvee jacket, waterproof breathable vented and you can remove the sleeves to modulate your temperature when using it as a windproof. Use this all year, fits well in a pack and has never wet out. All for $149
  • 2 1
 The cost of this sport is spiraling upwards at an alarming rate. Even CRC prices seem to have gone up even though sterling dipped after the vote to leave United States Europe. There are better jackets out there for less. I ordered three on line before I found the best riding jacket the keeps me warm when the mercury drops. Altra Mayhem. Oh, I sold the others jackets I did not want without loss or profit on Pink Bike.
  • 5 0
 for everybody that bitches about mtb MSRP $ing - BMX is still super rad
  • 2 0
 I just wear my mothers Mac In A Sac stash able jacket. Waterproof enough and it could probably fit in your pocket in you had big enough pockets.
  • 2 0
 Sounds like major sweaty action in all but the coolest/wettest areas. I'm sweaty just thinking about it. Or maybe it's the hot and stifling Hawaiian summer night....
  • 1 0
 I just got one of these jackets and I'm really happy with it. I was just in BC for a race and got poured on for 2 hours. I was dry and comfortable for the ride. I recommend these jackets for sure!
  • 1 0
 Try before I buy??? What internet store does that...Please let us all know.
  • 2 0
 Order on CRC if you don't like it send it back! you get 365 days to return it!
  • 1 0
 Or you could get a jacket for $4 at goodwill like me! Don't need to worry about shredding it on a stray branch
  • 2 2
 "one crash and your £600 jacket would be in shreds... "

Oh no, not my £600 jacket. They should list the price as -£450.
  • 1 0
 waterproof, great! I can stew in my own fluids instead!
  • 1 1
 And how much are new mntb tires? Fun has a price at whatever level you play at.
  • 1 0
 skimp on the jacket and buy the best tyres
  • 2 1
 tough crowd... quality outdoor gear is always costly
  • 1 0
 "Quality" is such a vague and nebulous word. What is the "quality" part people are paying big money for?
  • 1 1
 @XCMark: Durability/longevity. I went the route of the cheaper rain jackets, and still do, but I go through one every year. Can't help but think a more expensive jacket that is made from better/more durable materials with higher quality craftsmanship would last a lot longer and end up being the more cost effective route.
  • 1 0
 buy cheep, buy many ,get that new kit feeling more often
  • 1 1
 Dude looks like he just got shot in the back by a tranquilizer dart.
  • 3 3
 Who is Cube?

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