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Adventure, Cycle / May 29, 2016

RaceFace Scout: How To Look Stylish On The Trail and Street

Written by: Roxanne Trujillo

Have any of you ever interacted with the bike company RaceFace? Oh really? I am glad we can have this two way conversation right now. I have had the chance to personally connect with RaceFace and my first impression of their staff was “Holy schnikes, these people are neat!”

RaceFace is a global bike company full of passionate riders that manufacture rad performing bike components, apparel, and protection ware. They are based out of Vancouver B.C and obviously have some wicked trails for product testing. It’s my ultimate dream to be a Canadian. Just saying… just putting that out there to the readers in case any of you want to marry me into citizenship. *wink, wink

RaceFace = My kind of company. I reached out to them to order some of their women’s mountain bike apparel. Sometimes I feel I have this unconscious goal to over take my closet with only riding clothes. I am about ½ way there.

 

“I have this unconscious goal to over take my closet with only riding clothes. ”

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.

 

“The Scout jacket has an incredibly flattering fit. I’m talking Lululemon flattering fit. ”

The Scout jacket also has perforated underarms, which is another useful feature. The back of the jacket has great breathability and proper venting to avoid a buildup of sweat and that claustrophobic feeling. I have been using my climbing jackets for riding, and though they work for warmth, they are missing features that cater to cyclist needs. The Scout jacket has a specific fit and construction to stay comfortable on the bike and under a cycling pack.

My sweet ladies, it also has the loveable thumbholes! RaceFace has designed it with small touches that make it appealing. It has a vertical stash pocket in the back and the inside of that pocket has a hole for threading headphones up through. RaceFace also did a good job integrating their logo throughout the jacket in subtle ways in all the right locations.

I would consider this a good spring/fall jacket. I value that I can easily wear a base layer underneath this jacket without creating bulkiness or tightness. I do indeed use this during rain storms while riding and it has not failed me. This is a high end looking and feeling jacket. It has a slim fit and fits true to size.

I have a feeling this jacket will surpass my durability test. Anyone that follows me on the trail knows that I am kind of reckless on a bike. I have learned to embrace the fact that I believe in myself to be far more capable than I am, which means the jacket will feel the ground often.

I have learned that when I get my hands on something I truly love, especially mountain bike apparel, buy several. I am not willing to risk not having this jacket in the future. RaceFace deserves a high five for putting out such a stylish women’s jacket in their 2016 softgoods release. Thanks to them… I ride faster now.

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Roxanne Trujillo

Roxanne is a Coloradical single track slayer, crux seeking, pow loving, thrill taking mom of a child that's comparably wild. Armed with enthusiasm and good coffee, she devotes herself to the outdoors and keeping pace with her adorable and energetic daughter. She is an ambassador for RaceFace, a V-something climber and goes by Birdy. She fantasizes often about throwing herself, daughter, friends and bikes in a Sprinter wrapped in #canvasthetoddler and peeling out to chase the mundo hermoso.

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