Airblaster Parker Jacket ($270)
The big thing is the fit, falling right below the waist so you’re kept warm and dry. Looks good too. Great hood, totally adjustable so you can pull it over and get sealed up but you don’t even know it’s there, and you won’t see it in your peripheral at all no matter how much you crank your head around. Haven’t ridden in any rain yet, but Northeast blizzards have been kept at bay, and since Airblaster is a Northwest company we’ll assume it’ll hold up on those soggy days as well. As much as you may hate carrying anything while riding, there are plenty of pockets to hold that holy trinity of modern living—wallet, keys, cell phone—plus front cargo pockets that are perfect for gloves, beers, and so on. Some of the older Airblaster outerwear looked to have worn out sooner than one would hope—mainly around the seams at the heavy use board-carrying zone on the forearm and ribcage—but the new stuff seems to have taken care of any quality issues in previous lines.
Rating: A fine coat.
20K mm waterproofing per 20K g per m2 breathability
Fully seam sealed
Removable powder skirt
Mesh lined armpit vents
Lycra wrist gaiters
3-way adjustable hood