A midweight, waterproof and versatile jacket is often the one that becomes the most used. Something with casual style you can wear to the shops, the pub, the track or for a casual weekend ride… Macna’s Racoon falls squarely into this versatile category. At around 2kg, it’s half the weight of my big adventure jackets.
It’s a waterproof bike jacket you can use off the bike as well — there’s a detachable hoodie that can come off the jacket easily for longer rides or if you find it inconvenient. I generally leave mine on, held down with the hoodie holder to stop it flapping about excessively. Around the campfire, watching the races, the hoodie is excellent.
This textile jacket has been built to meet the European EN 17092 safety compliance standard and comes with RISC CE level 1 armour in the shoulders and elbows. There’s a pocket built in for the optional CE-approved back protector. Subtle reflective panels, which only light up at night when light is on them, are featured on the shoulders and arms.
The waterproofing is built into the jacket itself, the breathable membrane fixed to the outer with a mesh lining. There’s also a removable thermal lining for cooler weather. If conditions get warmer, there are vents under the arms and in the back. The sleeves and hips have Velcro adjusters for fit. Like every Macna jacket I’ve owned, the sizings are on the small side: I wear a size larger than most brands of jacket. Keep that in mind if ordering online.
It’s a hip-covering jacket with handwarmer pockets for carrying stuff and when you’re off the bike. There’s also an interior pocket just behind the main zip (perfect for wallets and phones).
For casual riding and even use off the bike, the Racoon works really well. You don’t look like you’ve just come from the Dakar Rally or a racetrack, and even walking to the pub after a day’s ride, most people wouldn’t realise you were wearing a bike jacket.
Available in black or black/camo
PRICE: RRP $369.95