If you've ever tried to ride in the glorified plastic bags that are occasionally passed off as waterproof riding jackets, you understand that soaking from the inside out can be even worse than getting drenched in a deluge. But the Mavic Crossmax H2O Jacket is built from Cocona fabric, so its both breathable and waterproof.
As its Crossmax branding would lead you to believe, the H2O jacket is intended for both long trail rides and race applications, so its essential that it breathes, instead of holding in sweat. Thats why Mavic opted to use Coconas Xcelerator fabric, which some claim is the most functional waterproof breathable material on the market. Thats because along with it being waterproof, the breathability far surpasses most of its peers. This allows the H2O jacket to transfer moisture out of the jacket, keeping you dry from the inside out. And when youre an hour into a high-elevation climb and the weather just wont let up, thats the difference between being dry and comfortable, and being soaked and flirting with hypothermia.
Materials arent the only interesting part of the story. You probably guessed it, but Mavic cut the H2O jacket to keep you covered when youre in the saddle. That means that the sleeves are long enough to keep your wrists covered, the shoulders are roomy to accommodate a seated position, and theres a drop tail to block wheel spray. Additionally, Mavic included its Pak Back, which is basically two zippers that expand the back, allowing you to wear the Crossmax jacket over your hydration pack, where the pack, and its contents, will be protected. And theres also a zippered chest pocket to keep your ride essentials close at hand.
The Mavic Crossmax H2O Jacket is available in five sizes, from X-Small to X-Large, and in the colors Black and Athletic Green.