Words & Photos by Seve Mustone
When I first received the Giro Stow jacket for testing, I was incredibly stoked. A waterproof jacket that looks good and packs away into a tiny size? Sign me up. I’ve personally been on the lookout for a quality riding jacket for years but I’ve never found anything that I deemed perfect. With the extremely wet winter that Santa Cruz has had, I knew I had perfect conditions to put the Stow to the test. Let’s get into the details and see how this little unit handled the wet, coastal winter.
Initial impressions left me excited to test the jacket in some nasty conditions. I really enjoyed the no-nonsense, subdued black styling, reflective highlights, and material. The Stow is made of 100% nylon with full DWR waterproofing coating and has a nice soft interior collar.
In terms of feel, the jacket is very thin but definitely gives a feeling of durability and rip resistance. It’s made of a rip-stop material which also gives the jacket a cool look and texture. It also features a quality zipper that still has not jammed on me once, which is impressive considering the amount of crap that’s been hurled at it.
When going over the specifications for the Stow, it’s clear that the jacket is a technically sound product. It does exactly what it promises very well. The Giro Stow is a solid emergency or packable lightweight outer-layer that protects against rain, cold, and wind effectively. Beyond that, it packs into an extremely small package and easily stashes into a riding bag.
The cut of the jacket is decent and offers plenty of room to move around while riding. I’m a medium shirt size but always wear a large jacket and I found that the large version of the Stow fit me well. The sleeves also have elastic closures that wrap around your wrist comfortably. The bottom of the jacket even has an adjustable hem so it can be cinched around your waist.