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Chrome Industries Storm Salute Commute jacket review

23 Nov 2020
Verdict:

A good level of waterproofing, but let down by poor breathability and a small hood

Cyclist Rating: 
For 
Good rainproofing • Reflectives • Large rear pocket
Against 
Not very breathable • Small hood

The Storm Salute Commute jacket comes from Oregon-based Chrome Industries. It’s part of a range of rugged clothing which sits alongside the brand’s packs and bags and is designed to keep you dry on your commute, either by bike or on foot.

To that end, it’s made of a robust 2.5 layer fabric, with a waterproof membrane sandwiched between a fabric outer and the shiny inner surface.

 

Waterproofs for cycling tend to come in one of two flavours: either they’re more waterproof but a bit less breathable, or they withstand the rain less well but let sweat out better.

Buy the Storm Salute Commute jacket from Chrome Industries for £170

With fully taped seams and a robust build, the Storm Salute jacket belongs to the former category. The taped seams mean that rain doesn’t find its way inside, even in a downpour when the outer fabric has started to wet out.

 

That waterproofing does make the jacket less breathable though. If you’re not going far or hard, you’ll probably be fine, but I found I got a bit sweaty inside on longer rides. That was also true when on extended walks in the Storm Salute, despite the large hidden vent across the middle of the back.

There’s enough adjustability to ensure a good on-bike fit, with a drawcord at the hem and a dropped tail to stop your rear end picking up too much wheelspray. The two-way zip offers options to increase or decrease airflow too.

The Storm Salute jacket is well served for pockets. There are two large pockets at the front, with waterproof zip, plus a smaller internal zipped breast pocket. But the main carrying capacity comes from the huge single rear pocket.

With a long two-way zip covered by a storm flap and with side gussets, it’s large enough for documents, supplementing the carrying capacity available from Chrome’s bag range. There’s a smaller internal sleeve pocket, comparable in size to a pocket in a cycling jersey, that helps keep smaller items from rattling around.

 

So the Storm Salute will do a good job of keeping your upper body drier in the rain. I was less enamoured of the hood though. It was just about large enough to keep my head dry when off the bike and the semi-stiff peak helps keep rain off your face. There’s a drawcord to tighten the front, but no volume adjuster.

Buy the Storm Salute Commute jacket from Chrome Industries for £170

There’s not the volume to cover a helmet when riding though. The hood will fit over the rear half of your head at best, if you want to wear a helmet when commuting, and it’s also not tall enough to fit without lifting the shoulders. When riding in the wet, I just kept the hood down. Fortunately, it’s robust enough not to flap around as you ride.

 

The Storm Salute comes in black or a muted olive colour, so it won’t up your road presence much. But there is a wide reflective strip across the flap of the rear pocket, a reflective Chrome logo on the left arm and reflective strips at the cuffs, which should help make you more noticeable at night.

Technical waterproof jackets are expensive and even with its £170 price tag, the Storm Salute is mid-priced.

It’s got the features to handle a shorter commute and looks smart off the bike too, not screaming 'cyclist' when you’re walking around town.

But the low breathability and inability to use the hood with a helmet mean that it’s not the best option for more serious riding.

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Price: 
£170

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