LEATT JACKET MTB TRAIL 3.0 REVIEW
Review by Max Rhulen
Known for their protection products like neck braces, Leatt’s new Jacket MTB Trail 3.0, is part of their extensive apparel line. “Take to the pub or wear it on the trail”, this jacket has a very clean cut appearance and comes in three different colors. Accompanied by many features like a water resistant/breathable coating, Ride Adaptive Hood, ClimbVent, and more, this is becoming a staple for brisk rides or for casual wear.
The Jacket MTB Trail 3.0 is styled for a night on the town and technical enough for those cold rides. Leatt encourages you to, “ take it everywhere with you, just don’t lose it!” The jacket has a tailored fit, eliminating excess material that could flap in the wind or get caught on a seat. The Leatt Jacket MTB Trail 3.0 features insulated front and shoulder panels that keep you warm from the wind chill. The back panel is made up of 360 stretch fabric and is not insulated. Not having insulation on the back helps keep your body temperature down and is advantageous for riding with a pack. Three pockets are built into this jacket. One on the left chest, perfect for a phone and two pockets lower down that are lined with fleece for chilly hands.
A Ride Adaptive Hood (RAhD) fits over a helmet very well. The hood can be kept secure when not in use thanks to Leatt’s patent pending magnetic hood system.
Initial impressions of the Leatt Jacket MTB Trail 3.0 were that Leatt had created a great insulated riding jacket. Insulated layers can be very tricky when regulating body temperature on a trail ride, but Leatt has created a jacket that works. I loved that the back panel was not insulated so heat could disperse and my back wasn’t insulated twice if riding with a pack. The magnetic hood system kept the hood in place and not flapping around on the descents. At 5’11″ 155lbs the size large was perfect. It was a tailored, athletic fit with enough excess material to shift positions on the bike.
Everyone’s body runs at different temperatures and I am normally warm, so this was a jacket I only wore on a trail ride if the outside temperature was below 40. If shuttling or riding the bike park this is a great jacket for those cooler days, 50’s and below. The weather resistant coating was enough to offer protection from water and mud spraying up. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this jacket in a light drizzle, but by no means is this a rain jacket.
The Wolf’s Last Word
Leatt has put together an extensive apparel line and the Jacket MTB Trail 3.0 is a great cold weather layer. There are lots of great features that make this an attractive jacket like the weather resistant coating, magnetic hood system, YKK zippers, and more. I would have loved to see a pocket on the jacket’s interior. If you’re looking for an insulated jacket for cold weather rides that doesn’t leave you drenched in sweat, this fits the bill.
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