On the trails
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
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.
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.
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
|Cube'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|