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Scott Vikos Jacket - Review

Jul 7, 2014 at 8:30
by Jordan Carr  
Scott Vikos Jacket Review

Getting stranded in the woods during a rowdy downpour can ruin a perfectly good ride if you aren't properly equipped, and the Vikos jacket has been created to prevent exactly that. A super light and packable rain shell that squashes down to the size of a soda can while providing great foul weather protection, and manufactured using three-layer 'Dryosphere' fabric with fully taped seams, the jacket is said to protect against wind and water while still offering breathability. A large hood fits easily over a helmet, while elastic cinch cords around both the hood and waist allow for some adjustability to keep out the elements. The Vikos is cut specifically for riding, so it's a bit slimmer and snug in the midsection with a longer tail than a more generic design, and a zippered chest pocket provides a small amount of storage that fits glasses or a smartphone comfortably. When not in use the Vikos packs down into a small stuff sack made with the same waterproof material for easy stowage. It's available in Iron Grey (pictured), Green Flash, and Black. Sizes include: S-XXL Weight: 300g. MSRP: $230 USD www.scott-sports.com

Scott Vikos Jacket Review

An athletic fit gives the Vikos a comfortable cut when on the bike without being too snug to limit its casual use.

Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesA great rain jacket is a worthy investment in our books, and anyone who lives and rides up in the mountains should have one in their closet. There is a huge range of jackets on the market, and you can pick from anything in between full-on expedition ready kit to barely-there protection that can be stowed away in your pack when not needed. The Vikos certainly fits into the latter category, with it being about as light and packable as a jacket could possibly be while still being able to keep you dry. It's three-layer fabric proved to be able to shed water well during a massive deluge, although we did find that it could have been a bit more breathable during those humid rainy days - we've definitely used jackets that didn't have us sweating as much, although the Vikos seems to be more water resistant. As far as fit goes, the Vikos doesn't have much extra material to flap about in the breeze, but it's far from being roadie-tight, and it's plain enough that we even wore it out in casual, off the bike settings. A lot of jackets can do all of the above, but it's how the Vikos can be stuffed into its tiny storage sack (which is also waterproof) that we like so much, thereby making it a great location to hide a wallet or phone if you think the heavens are going to open up on you while you're out there. So, we liked the look, fit and functionality of the Vikos, but is there anything that we'd change? Only its $230 USD MSRP, a sticker price that is likely going to send a few mountain bikers in the other direction, especially considering that you can get rain shells that pack up small for a fraction of the price. Having said that, those less expensive options likely aren't going to last as long, look as good, or keep you as dry as the Vikos, and it will be all down to where you put your priorities. The Vikos' price won't be out of line if you come from a ski or snowboard background, but those who don't care for high-tech clothing might look at less expensive options. - Jordan Carr

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  • 34 5
 That price is ridiculous for a rain jacket.
  • 15 4
 Materials like gore tex aren't cheap, most jackets like this are usually this expensive. Some shells used in mountaineering from TNF are like $400.
  • 10 4
 You can find North Face jacket that looks to be better made for half the price. And North Face is a brand you can trust. You can find a pretty serious snowboard jacket for that price and there is much more involved there. When I look at this Scott jacket I see absolutely nothing that deserves that big cost. It's just a piece of thin waterproof material with some zips, attached to it.
  • 5 0
 No, the materials are not expensive. Material cost for this jacket is less than $20. Back before the main gor-tex patent ran out, licensing made quality rain gear expensive. That is no longer true. The only reason to spend this much on a jacket is if you really think the fashion is worth that much.
  • 18 7
 @mentalhead Northface is for chubby college girls in yoga pants and ugg boots
  • 3 0
 @g11rant87, I'm not to argue about Northface brand. All I'm saying is that they look better quality for less money. And btw Northface are overpriced too. Why Scott decided this jacket costs that much, I have no idea. Forget about Northface. You can get Dakine Caliber jacket for 2/3 of the price. Dakine is a nice brand and the jacket looks so solid. Still overpriced of course.
  • 5 1
 On the surface, all waterproof/breathable shells look similar. And when you compare prices, the range can be huge. Yes, you can get much cheaper North Face stuff, but you really get what you pay for. $230 is actually not that high when it comes to waterproof breathable shells. Most of the stuff you get for half this price may work ok, and you may be happy with it. Most of them will be laminated 2-ply fabrics, which work quite well, but will last 1-2 seasons before they start to delaminate and lose their water resistance. 3-ply fabrics with taped seams will last much longer, and retain their water resistance and breathability. A rain jacket is only as good as it is breathable. If you end up being wetter from your sweat than from the rain, what's the point?
  • 2 0
 indeed, I bought a 30' by 5' roll of goretex (wanted to re-cover a guitar amp, this was smallest amount they would sell me) for $15 or something. That's at retail.
  • 2 1
 Arc'teryx are well over $400. Price is just right
  • 3 0
 What's the warranty on this Scott jacket? Northface jackets can't be beat with their lifetime warranty, so don't worry bout them ripping, breaking zippers, or loosing wateproofing...just send it back for repairs or replacement.
  • 1 0
 Warranties cover manufacturing defects, not wear and tear. A lifetime warranty does not mean your jacket will last a lifetime.
  • 2 2
 this jacket is worth half of my bike haha
  • 22 0
 When I get caught in the rain I usually just take off my pants and jacket..
  • 11 1
 I just bought the equivalent jacket from TLD for a third of the price.....what am I missing?
  • 41 2
 TLD has a lower price than a competitor... what has this world come to Wink
  • 2 1
 TLD isn't cheap but the clothes have never seemed overpriced. Equivalent stuff from fox is usually at least as expensive.
  • 9 0
 Largely the quality of the fabric. Not sure which TLD jacket you got, but from a look at their website they don't seem have a single one that's actually waterproof - water resistant sure, but not decent quality waterproof.

Whether or not that's important to you is a matter of usage. It's very unlikely I'd wear my high end waterproof gear in the bike park for instance - the risk of damage there is high, and the need for high end fabrics when you're rarely more than 10 minutes from a warm building and hot coffee is pretty minimal.

However, if you spend a lot of time further out in the mountains, especially if those mountains get as much rain as they do around here, a properly good quality jacket will be worth every penny.

In all honesty most mountain bike jackets fall into the former category (ok for the bike park, and the occasional wet ride), which is why I went for an Arcteryx alpine jacket instead - they're expensive, but the fit and protection is worth every penny.
  • 4 0
 That TLD isn't the same. Try it out. See how it works. Maybe you love it. Maybe not.... Rain gear is so hit-or-miss it's insane. I've bought $450 gore-tex rain shells that I could stand in the shower with, but don't breath for crap. I hate wearing muggy shells on a bike ride.... It's a fine line. Water proof vs. water resistant... where are you riding? Ride in the rain? If you need a rain-PROOF shell and hate gore-tex, this could be an option.
  • 1 0
 @delusional I see what you're saying about the quality fabric and I agree, but you can get lightweight, high quality waterproof gear from Golite or Marmot for under $100. Granted, I know practically nobody will buy this at full price, but you get my point. For Scott's price point you can get a technical shell from OR, Mammut, MHW, Marmot, etc and they'll (probably) take may more abuse. For a fairly simple rain jacket it's a tough sell, especially for an activity where crashes happen a lot.
  • 1 0
Ya you would have to be delusional to ride a arcteryx jacket in the park!! So damn expensive but so damn good!! For my biking needs I just go with a mec goretex. Works we'll, and fairly breathable. Also you don't cry when it rips.
  • 1 0
 I bought a raincoat from George of Asda for £20, how can they charge $230 for this!

...in all seriousness in my experience Scott (with occassional exceptions) make really good quality, well thought out bike clothing that is on a par with any other good quality bike-specific clothing. Gore pricing is pretty much the same for a very similar quality product.

Not clothing but check their grenade pro knee guards or compression armour and you will see Scott are quality beyond just bikes
  • 4 0
 Just a general point from long, hard days I'm the Cascade mountains, here. If you're worried about getting wet while mountain biking in the rain, stay home and wait for the weather to improve, because there's no foolproof solution.

Any jacket that is truly "waterproof" is guaranteed to soak you with sweat from the inside during a hard effort. Any jacket that is adequately "breathable" will evaporate your sweat but let water in from the outside.

For rainy days, go pick up a thin, nylon running jacket off a clearance rack and put a wicking base layer underneath (appropriate for the temperature of the day) and keep moving to stay warm. Your body heat will push the moisture out from the inside, and you'll be more comfortable. Works like a charm.
  • 4 0
 Just bring new garbage bags(black ones) punch holes (arms, head) and wear under clothing/jersey.. tried and tested,keeps you dry for sure.. punch additional holes(small) for breathability Smile
  • 2 0
 Scott have been making nice clothing for a while now, yet I still don't own any, nor have I ever seen anyone else wearing any because it's not sold in a lot of places and IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE!
Get with the program Scott.
Oh, and did someone say "Montane"?
  • 1 0
 I agree. Scott is rare to find here in the US. I had to special order my Scott All mountain shorts and jersey. However, I did get my Scott snowboard jacket from Theclymb.com for a damn good deal.

I leave my Arc'teryx rain shell for when I'm out hiking/camping.
  • 4 0
 First time your elbow touches terrafirmer no matter what the price, it'll be toast.
  • 5 1
 You can get an Arc'teryx for that sort of money. Scott needs to give their head a wobble.
  • 5 1
 Yeah but for $8 it can't possibly be Enduro Ready. You need to pay more.
  • 3 0
 too damn expensive
  • 1 0
 So that is the thing I will be looking in the TKMaxx outlet store next year!
For about 60 USD Razz
  • 2 0
 My sears flannel with spray on water repellent...nuff said son.
  • 2 0
 Def marketing this to the wrong crowd here.
  • 2 0
 that is about 200 bucks too expensive
  • 1 0
 My Red Lodge jacket was $80 and its perfect
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know where the ´Vikos´ name comes from?
  • 4 0
 Vikos Gorge is the deepest gorge in the world, located in northern greece
  • 6 0
 Thanks mate, I know that since my origins are from the area Smile I ve been there multiple times.
just wanted to know whether the name of the product derives from that or is just a coincidence.
  • 2 1
 A picture beside a pop can would have been nice for perspective...
  • 4 0
 That's what my girl keeps saying to me....
  • 1 0
 too expensive for me... i will torn it... my dakine at $50 is perfect
  • 1 0
 Nothing beats my Royal Matrix !!
  • 1 0
 Scott quite a high retail price ....
  • 1 0
 Better to be in the Dryosphere than the Nightosphere.
  • 4 7
 I can usually find a decent rain jacket at goodwill for around $8...just sayin
  • 3 0
 But not enduro specific, I guess... Big Grin

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