POC’s new Supreme Rain Jacket claims the comparatively uncommon mixture of ultralight weight, maximized breathability, and the total climate safety of a real 3-layer membrane cloth. Most super-packable, totally waterproof rain jackets are likely to compromise on consolation, however POC assures that the Supreme’s modern materials ensures you gained’t overheat whereas attempting to remain dry.
POC Supreme Rain Jacket ultralight 3-layer waterproof safety
Whereas head safety & general rider security might be POC’s largest goal, they’ve additionally been engaged on growing new equipment for highway riders who prioritize light-weight and breathability above all else.
POC’s head of product growth Oscar Huss says the brand new Supreme Rain venture got here from intense work mixing superior materials & manufacturing tech to pare down the core necessities to create “what we imagine is the lightest, most breathable, waterproof biking jacket attainable. It’s the one jacket you’ll ever want… you may not discover you’re sporting it.”
Light-weight, waterproof safety – Tech particulars
The key to the brand new ultralight rain jacket is the translucent cloth that weighs simply 51g/m². The true 3-layer membrane cloth is totally waterproof and has a breathability score that can make sure you by no means overheat. A whole medium measurement POC Supreme Rain jacket claims to weigh simply 85g. (Evaluate that with 128-133g for latest Gore-Tex Shakedry jackets we’ve reviewed.)
Its waterproofing is rated at 20,000mm water column and the Supreme Rain jacket is constructed with fully-sealed glued seams to maintain heavy rain out (examine to 28,000mm for Shakedry.)
Its breathability is rated at 50,000g/m² in 24hrs, which primarily based on references I’ve seen looks like greater than 2x as breathable as most different waterproof materials. Attempting to benchmark that to one thing we all know & use is a bit tougher since there are a number of totally different breathability take a look at protocols (Shakedry is quoted at a RET <2.5 m² Pa/W). However it does look to fall into an extraordinarily breathable class, probably greater than another waterproof rain jacket we’ve ridden in.
The highest layer makes use of a super-finely knitted 10 denier polyester prime layer cloth for a snug, body-hugging match, then coated with an environmentally-friendly DWR remedy to shed water. A water resistant coil zipper retains rain out, whereas being extra packable than standard waterproof zips. And a tiny pouch simply behind the collar serves as a fist-sized stuff sack to pack the Supreme Rain jacket away right into a jersey pocket when the solar comes again out.
POC Supreme Rain – Pricing & availability
All of that superior, ultralight waterproof tech doesn’t come low-cost. The POC Supreme Rain jacket sells for $500 / 490€, and it solely comes on this one translucent Sylvanite grey. It’s out there in six unisex sizes (XS-XXL) to suit a variety of highway cyclists, and may be purchased direct from POC or via any of their common retailers.