Something that I quickly recognized when I got in the industry was the limited choices of women’s apparel. I have a specific taste; I hate pink, flowers, dumb fits and pink. Good news, recently it seems that the industry is also recognizing this and has decided that I am a big enough deal that they are going to cater to my needs. Who am I kidding? I am far from a big deal! However, RaceFace fancys my taste and let me tell you, I gladly spent my rice and bean cash on some of their apparel.
In their 2016 soft goods women’s line is the Scout Jacket. It’s a bit of a lifestyle piece that can also be rocked as a cycling jacket. I literally have not stopped wearing the jacket since I took it out of the box. Reason number one; it’s one sexy jacket. RaceFace did it right, this jacket has an incredibly flattering fit. I’m talking Lululemon flattering fit. The fabric, which you can’t tell in the photo is sleek, shiny, smooth, flexible and breathable. It is a high quality, durable piece and has a slight shine to it.
I’m huge on hoods. It’s kinda my signature style. There is nothing worse than something with a hood that makes you look like a cucumber when you have it on. The Scout jacket’s hood is big enough to go over the helmet, which means when I am not wearing my helmet, I just look all mysterious and can hide. The hood also has this neat feature of closing in the front with magnets. Basically, instead of zipping it all the way up to the point of being able to tuck your nose in, magnets do this. This is super useful when ripping down a trail, not having to fiddle with zippers and snaps. It also has a magnet on the tip of the hood that connects to a magnet between the shoulder blades. Which is key, as hoods of jackets I have rocked on the bike have managed to slide all the way over one of my shoulders, slapping me in the face. Not fun.