Review: Stolen Goat's Climb and Conquer winter cycling jacket

Climb and Conquer – it’s a strong name for a hardy jacket

Review: Stolen Goat's Climb and Conquer winter cycling jacket

Winter cycling in the UK deserves a jacket that can take everything this island can throw at it and more. Cycle magazine's Charlie Lyon puts one of Stolen Goat's women's jackets through its paces.

Stolen Goat: Climb and Conquer Winter Cycling Jacket - Mashup

Website: https://stolengoat.com/product/stolen-goat-climb-and-conquer-winter-cycl... 
Price: £149

Pros

  • effective UK weather protection
  • stylish design

Cons

  • suits a lean build best

Climb and Conquer – it’s a strong name for a hardy jacket, which first made an appearance in 2014. This new women’s version has a strong new look too. With female cyclists still crying out for more choice when it comes to design, this ‘Mashup’ of coloured stripes is certainly headturning, and probably the reason why the popular sizes sold out as soon as it was released. (More have been ordered.) I got my hands on a medium in the nick of time – just before storm Diana lashed the country in late November 2018. “Inland gusts of 50mph and persistent heavy rain” looked like the perfect first test for a jacket that promises to “keep you warm and dry in the harshest conditions”. So I set off for a reasonable 25-mile loop.

Fit and function


Stolen Goat Winter Jersey from behind

With swimmer’s shoulders and a long body, the fit wasn’t perfect for me. The sloping-shoulder cut of the jacket is better-suited to a more delicate frame, and it bunched at the back of my neck and around my waist. However, the arms were just right, and the soft cut of the stretchy cuff fabric perfectly hugged my wrists and was a breeze to tuck gloves under.

Despite the storm, the temperature was hovering at a mildish 9°C, so I opted for a short-sleeve base layer underneath. Although the jacket is made from ‘Tempest Protect’ waterproof fabric, the seams and zips aren’t sealed. It offers excellent breathability. I arrived home overly warm (the jacket is recommended for wear in –8°C temperatures), but with a bone-dry top and phone.

That day, the jacket fended off the rain and the wind and everything else Mother Nature threw at me, while the brushed cream-coloured lining was soft on my arms. After another few weeks of riding and a few washes, the performance was still excellent. And to this day it smells unusually fresh.

For commutes home in the cold and the dark (the price of this jacket means I wouldn’t just save it for best), I upgraded to a long-sleeve base layer and was still toasty in almost-freezing temperatures. The back pockets, made reflective with ‘pixelated fabric’, helped to keep me seen, although, for long A-roads with fast traffic, I would prefer some brighter-coloured stripes in the mash-up. 

Verdict

A warm and weatherproof winter jacket for women in an interesting – and top-selling – design. The cut suits leaner frames better than a swimmer’s build.

Other options

Mavic Sequence Thermo Jacket: £130


Mavic Sequence Thermo Jacket

This high-stretch, warm winter jacket comes in a vibrant red (also in bluegrey) and a reflective allover print.

DHB Aeron Women's Full Protection softshell: rrp £110


DHB Aeron Women's Full Protection softshell

A ‘budget’ option for a wind/waterproof softshell, this insulated jacket has a dropped rear tail. 

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