Lots of Little Extras Make This Jacket a BIG Deal
Easily one of the best values in a convertible jacket, the Bontrager RXL Convertible Softshell is one of our new favorites this season at Bicycle Sport. And for good reason, too. The list of features is exhaustive on this mid-weight jacket – that easily morphs into a vest and back – thanks to the zip-on-and-off sleeves. No, that’s not a new trick, but we appreciate the double-sided zippers that eliminate the need to make that (sometimes) tricky circular reconnection when the zipper circumnavigates the entire armhole.
The Bontrager Profila Softshell fabric is windproof, water-resistant, and breathable. Profila Thermal fabric in the back panel and under the arms keep the warmth in but let the moisture out. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than a jacket that hold in the heat AND the sweat. With three cavernous rear pockets, you’ll have one less excuse for cutting your fall and winter rides short for lack of storage space. There’s also a zippered front security pocket for your small stuff, and an internal chest pocket for safely keeping your phone out of the elements, but close enough to hear it ring when the calls come in wondering if you’re ever going to wrap up this perfect ride.
We found the fit of the Bontrager RXL Convertible Softshell Jacket to be about spot on. In other words, if you’re usually a medium, you’ll find this one fits in that same size. Other well-done bits include the 3-inch drop tail to keep that fall-winter road grit off your bum, and reflective touches for max visibility during these days of early sunsets (ugh!). Like we said, you’ll be running out of excuses to cut your ride short with this one! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures, or better yet, pop into Bicycle Sport and check it out in person.