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excellent do-it-all MTB jacket that packs down small, cleans up well, breathes, and is super comfy. large hood is great over helmet. Longer back side helps with muck and coverage when leaning forward. Certainly not fully waterproof, but does the job in light-medium rain here in the PNW. Would buy again no question.
Great on the trail!
This jacket provides the right amount of breathability when on the trail. Depending on the temperatures it might not provide enough windbreak if you do not have your proper base layers. However, when riding it is tight enough not to restrict movement but also is not too loose that it interferes with performance. And as always with Patagonia, it is ... Read Morebuilt to last many years. Bottom line, it has become my go to jacket when I am riding in chilly or winter temperatures (near Las Vegas, NV). Definitely recommend.
Literally get excited for cold weather rides
I cant recommend this jacket enough. Fits comfortably, tight enough so that its flapping in the wind but loose enough that it feels comfy to wear all day. Keeps wind and rain out, the storage pocket is great for keys and phone and a snack, and being able to pack it away and put it into my hip pack is just the cherry on top. I get stoked for cold da... Read Moreys where i can wear this jacket on big 30+ mile rides in the dirt.
Mountain biking in the Dirt Roamer jacket.
I recently got the Dirt Roamer jacket. I went with the wood brown color, which I liketypically I get black, blue, or green and this was a refreshing color change. I'm typically a Medium/Large top. I tried on both sizes and found that the medium length was perfect but the large opened up more movement flow in my upper body (I'm 160 lbs and... Read More I carry myself in my shoulders). The large size fits loose, more like an outdoor jacket fit on me which took a minute to like. After riding in the jacket in and around Truckee, CA in March just between snow cycles, I found the lightweight fabric and breathability optimal. I wore the light weight short sleeve merino jersey underneath with lightweight arm-warmer-style elbow pads underneath and found myself in the perfect temperature. We rode 3 laps; up, down, down up. When climbing I zipped the jacket down from the neck for more ventilation, then quickly zipped it back up with one-hand to drop down the trail. Overall this is a great addition to my mountain bike closet and also like the comfort of wearing a jacket while riding. I also wore it on Mt. Tam in a hard-at-times rainstorm and I remained mostly dry and warm given the dense fog, rain and wind rolling in from the coast. It's flexible and moves well. I'm wearing mine on the loose side. I recommend trying two sizes on for fit. The packability feature comes in handy, I found myself packing it up and stowing it when the sun broke thru. It's super lightweight for how much function you get out of this jacket. Thanks!
Excellent cycling focused soft-shell
I bought this jacket ~ 4 months ago to use while commuting and for MTBing in cool weather and it works great in both situations. My favorite part of the jacket is the material and the fit; it is lightweight, packable and is perfectly cut for riding (long drop tail and longer arms). The negatives: it's expensive! The DWR is only suitable for sh... Read Moreort (~10 minute) rides in the rain or longer if you have tree cover. Its functionality is laser focused on cycling so it isn't very practical for other uses. I can't comment on the durability of the material b/c I haven't crashed while wearing it, yet... Overall, it's great for my needs and I'm happy with my purchase!
Any new colors coming soon?
I bought the jacket and really like the design. I returned it because I decided I would prefer a brighter color like orange or yellow for increased visibility. Any plans for new colors in the future?
Hi Don! Thanks for your review. New colors will be introduced around February next year. Stay tuned!
My new favorite riding jacket.
You know how shoulder season id so hard because you're constantly shuffling layers so you don't overheat on the climbs or freeze on the descents? This jacket fixes that. I have never had a jacket that I could wear throughout an entire ride without being uncomfortable at some point until the Dirt Roamer showed up. I was able to go for a ... Read Morenight ride with my buddies when it was 30-40 degrees. We hammered the climbs, and railed the descents, and I forgot about my layers and was able to focus on the ride. The sleeves are long enough that you're wrists won't get cold, the hood fits over your helmet or stows away, small enough to shove in a hip pack once it warms up, and it even has the pocket in the right spot for a light battery on those chili night rides. I plan on using this layer for XC skiing this season too. It may be spendy but if you laugh at fair weather riders, this is the jacket for you.
Excellent, but hood needs to be held down better
First my one suggestion for improvement. The hood, even if held down by the provided elastic clip, flies up while biking. I use a mirror clipped to my glasses and this blocks the view. Perhaps it needs more elastic hold downs, or perhaps the hood can be rolled into a zippable collar. Despite this criticism this is my go to jacket for biking, x-c sk... Read Moreiing and even BC skiing on warm spring days. It is wind resistant, breathable, quiet, moves well and I think looks good.
Great temperature control on ascents.
Great temperature control on ascents. Very well designed/made; both pockets placed right (I just purchased a second). More wind leakage on descents than I'd expect (feels like through the zipper). Not sure why there's a hood on a primary bike shell. The hood rolls and clips, but is bulky and not secure at speed. Probably better without a ... Read Morehood or if it had a pocket for stowage.
Great MTB-Specific shell built with durability
This shell has one feature I wish more Patagonia items had - durability. I have had and seen gnarly crashes in this jacket against rough Tahoe granite and sand, without so much as a scratch on the jacket. I don't leave it on for climbing unless it is a windy day, it compresses so well to store in my pack. The hood is a good size, and stays up ... Read Moreno problem so long as the zipper is up. The longer cut is great as is the extended hand coverage to stay over gloves. Paired with the Midweight Bike Jersey, the Nano Air, or an R1 all wind is blocked and the warm stays in. Big fan of this shell!
So far so good. I
So far so good. I was a little surprised to have water start to seep in during a heavy squall, particularly on the shoulders and inner elbows. But since the damn thing breathes so well, I stay significantly drier than usual. I am used to washing my outwear after a winter/fall ride (I live in Bellingham, WA), so we will see how the jacket holds up t... Read Moreo repeated use/washing. I am not slim in any sense of the word, so don't be scared off by slim fit. I wear a large in everything else, and the large fits me great.
Outstanding piece and well thought through
This jacket is the perfect mtb jacket. It cuts just enough wind while being breathable enough to leave on for moderate climbs, the hood is appropriately sized, and it stuffs perfectly into the Nine Trails 8l Hip Pack. The best part however is the durability. Unlike the other mountain bike products from Patagonia, this is built to withstand a crash ... Read Moreor ten. This is in comparison to my Dirt Roamer shorts and Merino Bike Jerseys, all of which ripped upon first contact with the ground.
A stretchy slim fitting soft-shell that does what it was sold to do.
I've only worn mine a few days. I found that it is indeed breathable, I left it on for quite awhile on some uphill grinds. I got walloped by an intense afternoon thunderstorm on a ride that took an extra hour or two longer than I expected, and the fabric is indeed "water resistant". About 5 minutes after the deluge began the DWR gave... Read More up the ghost in most places. But then again no-one ever said it was waterproof! The rear left pocket is a little awkward to get into (I'm right handed, why are all the MTB pockets on the jacket and shorts on the left?) and the chest pocket was barely big enough to fit a phone and/or a pair of sunglasses when the forest floor got too dark and I needed to take them off to see. I'm 6'3" normal body shape. The size L torso fits fine (almost a little tight) and the arms are even tighter.
My new fav jacket
I bought this jacket having the cold spring mornings in mind. I wanted to find the perfect piece that would keep me warm but be breathable for those long climbs. The Dirt Roamer has worked perfectly. So breathable, you can definitely feel the wind thorough it but it is still enough to keep you warm. I also wear mine to the office and around the tow... Read Moren because I love the style and the fit. Super light weight too and takes up very little room in my backpack. I got the Large and I am 6'2" 190 pounds with broad shoulders
Love the Dirt Roamer jacket
Great jacket for riding or just wearing in light weather. Nice wind resistance for active use - standing around on a breezy day at my kid's soccer game got a little chilly. Got a Large and it fits well - I'm 5'11", 195lbs. with broad shoulders, and fit was perfect - like the torso coverage. Roll-up hood works well, a bonus would... Read More be some way to secure the outer ends (a small flap to tuck them into?) so they don't unroll mid-ride and obscure look-behinds in traffic.
One of my most versatile lightweight jackets!
I can't tell you how much I love the Dirt Roamer. I use it for mountain biking, bike touring, road riding, fat biking, skate skiing, trail running, hiking, or anything else active that I may find myself embarking on. It is a great weight, super breathable, and fits nicely right between athletic and casual. Not a full on rain jacket but a breat... Read Morehable jacket for those cooler days. I wear this thing ALL the time. Highly recommend this jacket!
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