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.
Best bang for the buck for a soft shell jacket under $150 CAD
I have been finding a soft shell jacket that fits but only until now that I find Patagonia offer true XS jackets. The slim fit makes it fit very well on my body with some extra room in the armpits. However, the extra room helps the fit very well with layering (still awesome with a Patagonia down sweater underneath). Have not tested how much wind i... Read Moret can block but the DWR coating with the seam makes it fairly good under light precipitation. Overall, very satisfied with the jacket. The only wish is adding hand pockets for a more versatile jacket. Thanks
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.
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!
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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