Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Greg0
Chrome Storm Field: Perfect For Biking In The Rain
As we move into fall, and then winter, it’s time to evaluate your gear for another season of harsh weather. We bike all over the city in urban environments, but also head to the mountains for weekend getaways, travel to New England for ski vacations, and take longer trips to farther afield venues to really put our gadgets and packs to the test. This latest jacket is a ideal for urban environments, and offers a waterproof layer for those who ride on two wheels or want to walk in the rain.
The Chrome Storm Field Jacket is cut like a classic, but with upgraded materials and a far more modern look and feel. It;s lightweight, which is great for wind and rain, but isn’t insulated well against the lower temperature so we’d recommend it as perfect for San Francisco by itself but ready for layering in late fall here in Manhattan.
We definitely appreciate the details- armpit ventilation, Velcro cinch cuffs and closures that keep your arms and other areas dry while pedaling, reflective neck and wrist straps. All of it combines to keep you safe and cozy while cycling or as a pedestrian. The waist itself has a draw strap to keep out those drafts, and the hood stows away for when you don’t need it and pulls around for when you do. Seams are taped, and we didn’t feel any moisture get through- but that counted for the other direction as well. Though they claim the fabric is breathable, we found it to be fairly humid in short measure inside.
The Storm Field is nicely lengthy, with pockets in all of the right places. Sleeves are just a bit too short for those with longer arms, and the zipper pulls could be a bit easier to grasp (as with many jackets, it’s tough to open or close the coat if wearing gloves, or even if your fingers are wet). We loved that the jacket wasn’t bulky, and the heathered style is flexible and goes great with most other apparel. Chrome gear has always held up well for us, and this jacket certainly has so far. Available in only one color, charcoal, make sure you select the right sizing, which felt fairly accurate. Runs $250 or so, online and in stores, including the Chrome shop in SoHo!