The Wolf’s Last Word
100%’s Hydromatic Short and Jacket do everything they were designed to do. They keep you dry in a light rain, keep you warm in cold temperatures and keep you looking good while doing it…as long as you get the black jacket that is. Based on my research of the Hydromatic’s competition, I believe the jacket would benefit from the addition of vented pockets and/or zippered armpit vents. A good portion of the waterproof jackets on the market (Fox Attack Pro Water, Royal Matrix, Dakine Caliber, to name a few) have some sort of forward facing ventilation, which, if the Hydromatic Jacket had would boost the performance of the exhaust vents on the back of the jacket and allow for better air flow.
I’m also happy to see 100%’s product quality has gone up quite a bit since my first experience with their gear a few years ago. My once negative impression has been turned around and I’m now a fan. At $169 the Hydromatic Jacket is an investment and priced in the middle of the road when compared to other brand’s equipment. The Hydromatic Short retails for $129. I would hands down recommend the shorts as a great all-weather option. For us spoiled So Cal guys who barely find the need to use a jacket like this, it’s a big spend, however if you live in an area with more regular rainfall, then you know just how important quality gear is. This jacket, while slim and minimal, is a good option for those looking for a hoodless shell with minimal ventilation.
Shorts – $129
Jacket – $169
Shorts – 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
Jacket – S, M, L, XL