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the best mtb shell around
I spent years professing that the Houdini was the best mountain biking jacket on the market. My Houdini still has a place in my pack for specific cool weather rides with a chance of rain or when temps might drop, but for the most part I'm grabbing my Dirt Roamer Jacket when I head out the door now. Fit is great, bike specific while not looking... Read More dorky at all off the bike, and it packs down reasonably small. Fabric breathes and sheds water well and the cuffs sit well with gloves. I can be in between sizes in Patagonia shells, went with a size up for more room and mobility on this one.
You get what you pay for! Excellent design and weight. I agree with the several reviews about Small size being too small and medium sized a little too big. Patagonia needs a more versatile jacket for biking, hiking, running, packable, with vents, waterproof, wind proof, and reflectives; combined all together!
Zipper teeth failed after 3rd use.
Love the fit and look of this jacket, but the zipper teeth failed after the 3rd use, with light use. For the price I expected higher quality. Very disappointed. :(
We're so sorry to hear the the zipper failed on your new Men's Dirt Roamer Jacket. We also expect much more out of our gear, so please feel free to [send it in](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for warranty evaluation.
I love this jacket!!!
Perfect for (very) early morning So. Cal. rides!. I wear a long sleeve shirt and a light weight fleece underneath and am comfortable in temps down to the high 40's, even with a strong wind. The stuff sack pocket is sized great, so you don't have to fight to get the jacket in the pocket. Also, this jacket is super stretchy and not confinin... Read Moreg. Seems well made and durable too.
Fits great, breathes well. Good for those cooler morning or evening rides in SoCal. Expensive but worth it if you can get it on sale. Wish it came in brighter colors and had some reflective strips for safer rides to/from the trailhead. Also would like to see some improvements in how the hood is stowed. Overall definitely recommend!
Perfect fit for cycling with thin baselayer and vest use
I love the slim fit of this jacket. It has the perfect added length in the back to stay in place while biking and is very packable. My favorite part is the sleeves. At 6' 4" an XL is typically too baggy, but needed for sleeve length. This Large has added sleeve length compared to other Patagonia products. Additionally, the sleeves are &qu... Read Moreot;low volume" so they don't flap in the wind. It would be tight to fit much of an insulation layer under this coat with my build, but it was perfect with a long sleeve base layer and a light puffy vest. At first, I was skeptical about the hood, but have really appreciated it in the colder wet weather and it's NOT a nuisance at speed on a bicycle.
Looks great, too thin for insulation.
Some of the other reviews are talking about cold weather riding in this, but I don't see how it can be comfortable. This jacket's maiden voyage was on a 32 day with snow, and it wasn't up to the task. Because it fits rather slim, there wasn't much room for insulation layers. I wore a wool jersey, a Patagonia R1 techface hoodie, ... Read Moreand this jacket, and it felt a bit crowded. After an hour I was very cold and wet. I think it would be very nice for temperatures around 45-60 but it's definitely not a cold weather jacket. There's no insulation, it's strictly a windbreaker. The shape of it is very nice for biking. The sleeves cover my wrists, filling in a space usually left between my jacket and gloves. The hood fits over my helmet nicely. It really does look great. But it's not for Minnesota late-fall and winter without an absurd amount of additional help, and at 220 lbs, the XL is too slim to pack that additional help.
Too slim and not stretchy enough
I am a small-slim guy (172 cm - 64 kg). I normally purchase Small from Patagonia. The problem with this jacket is that the fit is too slim for the material used. When I am standing and walking the jacket fits great (and looks great), the problem is when I jump on the bike. Because the jacket fits slim and the material is not stretchy enough, my bod... Read Morey movements are kind of hindered. You know! a broad range of movement is very important in MTB and this jacket is lacking in this part. If the material of the jacket would be 50% more stretchy, it would be the perfect jacket. Also because of the slim fit, wearing layers under it, it is simply uncomfortable. I tried going for a medium but the sleeves and the jacket were too long for me. I am surprised nobody else has described a similar problem in the reviews, this is why I am writing this one. Be aware, if you are going to use this jacket for MTB, you might want to try in the store first. For hiking, trail running, and gravel biking, it would actually work very well.
Awesome materials, slim fit
I use the jacket for mountain biking and cycling during colder days. The hood is definitely large enough for outside of a helmet. Material is thin and fit is slim so the jacket is good for biking or high output activity during cooler days. However, I don't know if the jacket, by itself, is thick enough for deep winter days in the northeast tho... Read Moreugh.
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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