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Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer Winter Jacket Overview

That is my evaluation of the Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer winter biking jacket. I say ‘evaluation’ however I’m most likely happier with ‘presentation’.

While I personal my fair proportion of biking clothes, I haven’t tried sufficient in every class to think about myself certified as a reviewer.

So right here I ‘current’ my ideas on the jacket as a highway biking influencer (I’m!) relatively than as a supplies technologist or a scientist specialising in velo-jacket evaluation.

Climb & Conquer Jacket Overview: Video Format

Video, relatively than phrases, might be the easiest way to eat this content material. You may see what the jacket seems like, the way it strikes (how I transfer in it) and attempt to get a really feel for the standard.

If you want to learn some extra phrases, then some written ideas are beneath the video.

What Is It?

This, my associates, is the Climb & Conquer jacket from Stolen Goat.

So far as I can see, it’s primarily geared toward highway biking. I’m certain the gravel and journey fraternity would discover it acceptable clobber as nicely.

Warm winter cycling jacket

It’s a ‘correct’ winter biking jacket, meant to be used in your coldest winter using. In accordance with the Stolen Goat web site, that’s 0-5°C (32-41°F) in dry situations, 5-9°C (41-48°F) within the moist.

Disclaimer

Stolen Goat despatched me the jacket to attempt without cost. I didn’t pay for it.

Equally they didn’t pay me for the evaluation.

I’ve tried to be neutral however who is aware of.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer logo

Designs

The design I used to be despatched is known as the Mekon. I obtained it in late 2020.

On the time I made the video, there have been 8 completely different designs on the web site – 7 of them brightly colored – one a extra stealthy black

A lot of these have bought out over the course of the winter however you’ll be able to kind the web site by what is out there in your measurement to see what’s left.

However I feel that’s the purpose.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer jacket on bike

The Climb & Conquer jacket, as a bit of clothes, is out there year-on-year, however Stolen Goat introduce (or ‘drop’ as the children would possibly say) a variety of completely different designs every winter season to be able to hold it contemporary.

‘Cos nobody needs to be embarrassed by sporting the identical jacket (ahem, Castelli Perfetto) as all of your cyclo-mates.

Is The Climb & Conquer Waterproof?

There’s at all times some debate over waterproof or waterproof within the outside clothes world. The Stolen Goat web site is kind of liberal in its use of each phrases.

The Climb & Conquer isn’t actually waterproof – however then few usable biking jackets are.

As Stolen Goat word, appears aren’t taped. And if it will get soaked sufficient, water will get in.

Climb & Conquer jersey in the wet

Nevertheless, my actual world using expertise leads me to be extra involved about consolation relatively than an arbitrary classification of water tightness.

In case you are out within the rain you’re going to get moist. So actually we’re involved about whether or not the jacket retains us comfy and heat when the situations are towards. I can affirm that the Climb & Conquer does precisely that.

It’s now my ‘go to’ jacket when it’s chilly and raining (and somebody had coerced me to go for a motorcycle journey).

Is it windproof?

That is a neater query to reply: sure.

As a standalone attribute of a winter jacket, windproofiness (technical time period) is arguably extra essential than the waterproof level. According to my feedback above, being windproof means the Climb & Conquer retains heat and subsequently consolation on what in any other case can be a depressing journey.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer lining

Since we’re speaking cloth, the jacket has a pleasant mushy ‘Roubaix’ fleece-like lining. This feels cozy in the beginning of a cold journey and is softer on the pores and skin when you’ve gone for a short-sleeved base layer.

Oh yeah, the Roubaix lining gives some thermal insulation. Which might be essential.

Options

The jacket has a reasonably normal three rear pockets. Barely much less normal is that the material used for these rear pockets is known as Pixel 100, which is considerably reflective and a useful security characteristic when using in gloomy or darkish situations.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer reflective rear pockets

The pocket development and the seams really feel stronger than any jersey pockets I’ve had the pleasure of utilizing. This presumably limits absolutely the amount of Cliff Bars and interior tubes you’ll be able to stuff in there however a minimum of you realize they’re not going to collapse over time.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer pockets

It has a water-resistant ‘stash’ pocket for stuff that completely, positively you don’t wish to get moist.

Lastly, I’m undecided whether or not this constitutes a characteristic – it being a normal component of most jackets – however the zip may be very top quality.

The zip(per) may be operated simply with one hand (not all zips can) and has a helpful ‘zip storage’ to forestall it chewing into your neck (though one time I did handle to get mentioned flap of fabric caught within the zip, which was mucho annoying).

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer zipper garage

Match

The jacket is described as ‘efficiency match’. (Fortunately) I’d classify this as English efficiency match relatively than Italian.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer fit

The C&C is tailor-made and fairly shut becoming – it definitely doesn’t flap about – however the measurement descriptions are aligned to actuality. A medium is a medium.

Utilizing me for instance, my (pre-super hero) chest measurement is ~36 inches and I put on a measurement small. Which feels (feelz) about proper.

High quality

I’m no clothes high quality skilled (this must be clear by now) however the Climb & Conquer appears nicely put collectively.

The supplies are excessive grade. The layers that make up the lycra all appear nicely bonded collectively (most likely not Stolen Goat’s doing, however a minimum of they’ve chosen their cloth producer nicely). Seams appear are strong and neat.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer zipping up

Zip comes from YKK, a Japanese firm that apparently makes the world’s greatest zippers…

Value

At £150, the Climb & Conquer will not be an inexpensive piece of biking clothes. That mentioned, it’s just about normal for a deep winter jacket.

Castelli’s Alpha ROS jacket is £290 (that’s the checklist worth – I’m certain it may be picked up for much less). The Alphas ROS (“Rain or Shine”) perhaps has a number of extra technical particulars nevertheless it serves primarily the identical objective.

Stolen Goat Cyling Jacket at night

My beloved Castelli Perfetto is priced at round £200 and arguably will not be focused on the 0-5°C vary (though many will put on as a part of a layered technique at these types of temperatures).

When in comparison with the Castelli Perfetto, the Climb and Conquer is certainly hotter. It additionally errs in the direction of conserving the rider drier when it’s hosing it down (however that is likely to be as a result of my Perfetto is shedding its waterproof coating…).

Lengthy story lengthy: while it’s tough to explain a £150 jacket as ‘nice worth’, I take into account it a good worth for a top quality piece of package.

Conclusion

I actually like this jacket. I actually actually like this jacket.

It has slotted in properly in my vary of climate versus Monty using situations matrix, occupying the coldest slot.

Winter bike clothing

This freezer slot was beforehand full of the Castelli Perfetto plus a variety of base layers, neck buffs and gilets. Now I simply want the Climb and Conquer and a base layer. Which retains issues easy.

The Climb & Conquer additionally has a little bit of character (in contrast to my real-life non-blog persona).

The black Castelli is stealth and all, however the brightly-coloured Mekon design fits my nascent (considerably) flamboyant YouTube character alter-ego.

If you happen to like what you see, and fancy a little bit of color in your life, be at liberty to take a look at the vary on the Stolen Goat web site:

Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic highway bike owner with solely average expertise. He began Sportive Bicycle owner in 2013 to report the journey to his first 100 mile journey, the RideLondon 100. Over time the weblog has expanded to incorporate coaching recommendation, gear opinions and highway biking tales, all from the angle of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Because you’re right here, Monty would additionally such as you to take a look at his YouTube channel. Additionally, Monty actually must cease referring to himself within the third particular person.

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