If you haven’t already heard of the Storm Trooper then you must have been living under a rock, or perhaps on a planet in a galaxy far, far away. This jacket has developed a bit of a cult following over the years, with very good reason, as regular Spoke reviewer Mark Dangerfield can attest to: It’s tough. “I don’t have to be a pussy about riding in it. I know it’s going to take whatever I throw at it… like the ground.” It’s waterproof and breathable, and it lasts. “After six years of frequent use it’s only just starting to take on some water.” It’s got some nifty features. “I don’t often use the zip-away hood, but the fact that it stows away in the collar is great as it stops the collar from flapping around.” It’s highly visible. “It comes in two really bright colours: orange and lime green. I only wish they had a colour that better expressed my inner yearning for world peace and greater understanding amongst men.”Well, Mark’s in luck because the Storm Trooper is now available in a third colour, azure blue, and it still has all the handy features: lightweight waterproof breathable fabric, fully tape-sealed seams, full-length front zip and storm flap, pit zips, thumb loops, shockcord hem, reflective safety trim and sewn-in emergency repair patch. The price, $299, might seem like a chunk of change, but as anyone who has been biking in a cheap jacket will know, it’s well worth it for years of dry, comfortable and safe winter riding. LEIF ROY
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