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Madison Zenith Mens Hooded Softshell Cycling Jacket SS17

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Product Description

Giving you plenty of protection from the elements with more breathability than a waterproof the Madison Zenith Men’s Hooded Softshell Jacket is ideal for mid-season mountain bike riding.

The rugged mid-weight softshell jacket features a triple layered DWR fabric, with a bonded mesh backing, to offer you all the protection you need from wind and trail spray, as well as the odd shower.  The raglan cut with extended sleeves with glove-friendly lycra cuffs will keep your forearms covered at all times without restricting any movement.

The dropped trail gives you extra protection from trail spray while the drawcord hem allows you to fine-tune the fit. The two zipped chest pockets are mesh backed so they can double up as extra vents and there is a rear zip stash pocket for extra storage.

Key features:

  • DWR 3-layer & mesh-backed fabric
  • Waterproof (10,000mm) & breathable (10,000g/24hr)
  • Full length zipper with storm flap & zip garage
  • Extended cycling cut sleeves with Lycra cuffs
  • Dropped rear hem with elasticated drawcord
  • 2x front pockets double up as cooling vents, with additional rear stash pocket
  • Fitted hood
  • Limited lifetime warranty

        Madison Zenith Mens Hooded Softshell Cycling Jacket SS17 Reviews

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        Overall Rating:
        4.2
        out of 5
        4.16
        Build Quality
        4.25
        Performance
        4
        Value For Money
        3.75

        Customer Reviews (4)

        4
        Short Arms!

        This is a beautiful jacket, very much an MTB jacket and wouldn't look out of place at all off the bike. I would normally wear a Medium in a top, I'm 6 foot 2 with a 41" chest. I ordered an XL, and was accidentally sent an XXL but still the arms were way too short. Very disappointing as I love the jacket.

        This is a beautiful jacket, very much an MTB jacket and wouldn't look out of place at all off the bike. I would normally wear a Medium in a top, I'm 6 foot 2 with a 41" chest. I ordered an XL, and was accidentally sent an XXL but still the arms were way too short. Very disappointing as I love the jacket.

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        4 out of 5
        Build Quality: 4/5
        Performance: 4/5
        Value For Money: 4/5
        4
        good shoftshell

        Better than I thought. I use it for commuting in the UK winter. It is pretty warm (with the right stuff underneath), and does surprisingly well in rain. In 30 minutes of fairly heavy rain it keeps me nice and dry. I was worried a soft-shell wouldn’t hold up in wet weather but this works well (though I can’t speak to longer periods of wet riding). The high neck and close fitting hood are really effective in cold weather. I’m 5’10” and a bit and a medium fits well. It doesn’t have pockets as such. The ones on the chest are really vents, but can be used for keys. The rear pocket is designed for a phone. It’s very small and I’ve never used it. Zips work reasonably well when riding (one handed zipping). It’s my go to jacket in cold crappy weather. Looks pretty good.

        Better than I thought. I use it for commuting in the UK winter. It is pretty warm (with the right stuff underneath), and does surprisingly well in rain. In 30 minutes of fairly heavy rain it keeps me nice and dry. I was worried a soft-shell wouldn’t hold up in wet weather but this works well (though I can’t speak to longer periods of wet riding). The high neck and close fitting hood are really effective in cold weather. I’m 5’10” and a bit and a medium fits well. It doesn’t have pockets as such. The ones on the chest are really vents, but can be used for keys. The rear pocket is designed for a phone. It’s very small and I’ve never used it. Zips work reasonably well when riding (one handed zipping). It’s my go to jacket in cold crappy weather. Looks pretty good.

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        3.8 out of 5
        Build Quality: 4/5
        Performance: 4/5
        Value For Money: 3.5/5
        4
        Soft shell jacket

        Bought this jacket for on trails etc,class product.keeps the wind out and light rain

        Bought this jacket for on trails etc,class product.keeps the wind out and light rain

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        3.8 out of 5
        Build Quality: 4/5
        Performance: 4/5
        Value For Money: 3.5/5
        5
        Zenith Jacket

        The jacket is great. Good fit looks awesome and is well made. Its a good weight weight for riding in the winter but don't think it would last a whole day in the rain a few showers maybe.

        The jacket is great. Good fit looks awesome and is well made. Its a good weight weight for riding in the winter but don't think it would last a whole day in the rain a few showers maybe.

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        5 out of 5
        Build Quality: 5/5
        Performance: 5/5
        Value For Money: 4/5

        Madison Jackets Sizing

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        Madison Jackets Size Chart

        Use the Madison clothing size chart to find the best fit for you.

        Men's Size Chart

        Size

        To Fit Chest

        To Fit Waist

        Inside Leg

         

        Inches

        Cm

        Inches

        Cm

        Inches

        Cm

        X-Small

        34-35.5

        87-90

        26-27.5

        67-70

        32

        81

        Small

        35.5-37

        91-94

        27.5-29

        72-74

        32

        81

        Medium

        37.5-39.5

        95-100

        29.5-31.5

        75-80

        33

        84

        Large

        40-42

        101-106

        32-34

        81-86

        33

        84

        X-Large

        42.5-44.5

        107-112

        34.5-36.5

        87-92

        34

        87

        XX-Large

        45-47

        113-120

        37-39

        93-99

        34

        87

        Women's Size Chart

        Size

        To Fit Chest

        To Fit Waist

        To Fit Hips

         

        Inches

        CM

        Inches

         

        Inches

        CM

        Size 8

        31-32

        79-82

        25.5-26.5

        66-68

        35-36

        89-92

        Size 10

        32-33.5

        83-86

        26.5-28

        69-72

        36-37.5

        93-96

        Size 12

        34-36

        87-92

        28.5-30.5

        73-78

        38-40

        97-102

        Size 14

        36.5-38.5

        93-98

        31-33

        79-84

        40.5-42.5

        103-108

        Size 16

        39-41

        99-104

        33.5-35.5

        85-90

        43-45

        109-114

        Size 18

        41.5-44

        105-112

        36-38.5

        91-98

        45.5-48

        115-122

        Kid's Size Chart

        Size

        To Fit Chest

        To Fit Waist

        To Fit Height

         

        Inches

        CM

        Inches

         

        Inches

        CM

        5-6 YRS

        24-25

        60-63

        21-22

        54-56

        43-46.5

        108-118

        7-8 YRS

        25.5-27

        64-69

        22.5-23.5

        57-60

        47-51.5

        120-130

        9-10 YRS

        27.5-29.5

        70-75

        24-25

        61-64

        52-56

        132-142

        11-12 YRS

        30-32

        76-81

        25.5-27.5

        65-70

        56.5-60.5

        144-154

        13-14 YRS

        32.5-34.5

        82-87

        28-30

        71-76

        61-65

        156-166

        Read our clothing size guide for more information on sizing.

        Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

        Waterproof Jackets Guide

         

        Waterproof Jackets Guide

        Let’s face it. If you’re cycling for any length of time in the UK, you’re going to need a waterproof jacket in your clothing arsenal. In our waterproof jacket guide we’ll arm you with all the knowledge you need to choose the best rain proof jacket for your needs.


        Waterproofness

        Before you buy any waterproof jacket, you’ll want to know whether it is 100% waterproof, or simply water resistant.

        To be classed as waterproof, a jacket must have taped seams and weather proof zips to ensure no water seeps through to your under garments. These jackets will also have a DWR coating on the outer layer that makes water droplets bead up and roll off the garment.

        Water resistant jackets are cheaper and will offer light rain protection but should not be used during heavy downpours as water will make its way to your clothing underneath.

        Cyclist wearing waterproof jacket
        Water Resistant JacketWaterproof Jacket
        • Waterproofness rating of 5,000mm and under
        • Fabric will be treated with a DWR (Durable Water Resistance) coating
        • A minimum waterproofness rating of 10,00mm
        • Taped seams
        • Weatherproof zips
        • DWR coating on outer fabric

        How is waterproofness measured?

        Waterproofness is rated in millimetres and usually based off the Static Column Water Resistance Test. A column of water is placed on top of the fabric and the level at which water begins to seep through to the under layer is recorded in ‘mm’. The higher the rating the more waterproof the jacket is.

        Waterproof measurements?

        • 0 - 5,000mm: Splash/rain proof but not waterproof
        • 10,000mm – 20,000mm: Waterproof in moderate to heavy rain
        • 20,000mm – 30,000mm Plus: Waterproof in the heaviest conditions

        Breathability

        After waterproofness, breathability is the most important factor when choosing your jacket. While these jackets will keep water from getting in, they’ll also stop water vapour (your sweat) from getting out and it doesn’t take long to get damp and sticky on a hard ride.

        A general rule of thumb is the more waterproof a jacket is, the less breathable it will be. However, there is an exception. Premium jackets will use advanced fabrics such as GoreTex that let vapour escape without letting water in. A jacket with a breathability rating of over 10,000g will help to stop that ‘boil in a bag’ feeling.

        Cyclist wearing waterproof jacket

        How is breathability measured?

        Breathability is measured by how much water vapour can pass through the fabric during 24 hours. This will be recorded in grams of vapour per square metre (g/m2) but is often simply rated as just “g”. The higher the grams, the more breathable the jacket is.

        What is a good measurement?

        • 0 - 5,000g: Standard breathability, you’ll get damp when riding hard
        • 10,000g – 20,000g: Good breathability when pedalling hard
        • 20,000g plus: Great breathability for all out efforts

        Great Features to Look for in a Waterproof Jacket:

        Fabric:

        Usually waterproof jackets will have an outer layer or nylon or polyester with a laminated inner membrane that lets water vapour escape, without letting rain in. Sometimes you’ll find a mesh layer inside the jacket for extra comfort.

        Durable Water Resistance (DWR):

        DWR is the first line of defence against the elements. It’s a treatment added to the outer layer of almost all waterproof jackets (except where the waterproof laminate membrane is the outer layer). It works by forcing water droplets to bead up and roll off the garment.

        The DWR coating will wear away over time so you will need a waterproofer such as Nikwax to reinstall performance.

        Close up of water droplets on fabric

        Waterproof/Breathable Inner Laminates:

        Enhancing breathability and waterproofness will be an internal layer (or multiple layers) of laminate membrane such as GoreTex. These laminates will be made of millions of tiny pores that are big enough for water vapour molecules to escape, but too small for liquid water molecules to enter.

        Premium jackets will come with more advanced laminates that are lighter and can transfer moisture away from your skin quicker.

        See our Technical Fabric Guide to learn more about key fabric technologies from the biggest names in cycle clothing.

        Close up of GoreTex fabric

        Cycle Specific Fit:

        Before choosing your jacket, consider the type of riding you’ll be doing.

        Road cyclists who train and race hard will want a tighter cut for improved aerodynamics. You don’t want excess flapping around in the wind causing extra drag.

        At the slower speeds of mountain biking and commuting a looser cut with more freedom of movement is what you’ll want. For commuting having extra space under your jacket to fit work clothing is a handy option.

        Cyclist in a bent over cycling position wearing a waterproof jacket

        Other general cycling specific features include:

        • An extended drop tail at the rear to cover your lower back when in a cycling position (some jackets will give you the option to roll up the tail into a pocket for ‘off-the-bike’ style).
        • A slightly raised front hem to reduce fabric bunching at your waist.
        • Articulated arms and elbows which are pre-shaped for cycling can improve comfort.
        • Elastic hem, collar and cuffs all keep the jacket in place and help stop rain from getting through.

        Packability:

        During the warmer months of summer, you’ll want a lightweight, packable waterproof shell rather than a bulky jacket. Look for packable jackets that you can stash in your jersey pocket or backpack, ready for if the weather turns.

        Most packable jackets will be water-resistant rather than waterproof, make sure you check the product description to see if it will fit you needs.

        Lightweight packable jacket

        Stowable Hood:

        Look for jackets which feature a stowable hood that will slip underneath your helmet. Removable hoods are ideal for rides where rain stops and starts. A cinch at the rear of the hood will help keep the hood fixed in place when you turn your head in different directions, so you don’t lose visibility.


        Security Pocket:

        When choosing a water-resistant jacket, make sure there is one pocket with taped seams and a zipper garage for storing your smartphone and other gadgets. This’ll keep them protected from the elements.


        Zipper:

        For a jacket to be waterproof it must not let water seep through seams and zips. Make sure there is a zipper garage to stop water from leaking through to your underlayers. A storm garage is a good idea for riding in harsh conditions.

        YKK zips are super durable to stand up to daily wear and tear. A full length zipper is a good option to improve venting when the rain stops and the sun comes back out.

        Cyclist wearing a jacket zipping the jacket up

        Visibility:

        If you’re planning on commuting in your jacket, choose one which includes reflective elements and bright hi-vis colour options. Some jackets like the Altura NightVision will come with integrated LED’s for extra visibility in low light conditions.

        Scotchlight reflective material will help you pop out from the background in car headlights. Bright block colour options are always a good option for day time visibility too. See our reflective jacket comparison to see just how powerful reflective technologies can be.

        Hi-visibility jacket

        Delivery & Guarantee

        UK Delivery Information

        We are committed to offering fast and free delivery, whether you're ordering bikes, accessories or clothing. Our standard delivery service is FREE to mainland UK, regardless of the size and on all orders over £20.

        Please note that bulky products and bikes shipped to outlying UK regions are excluded from free shipping.

        Please note that Pre-Order dates can sometimes change due to updated stock information.

        Click here for more UK and international delivery information.

        Returns & Warranty

        It's easy to return a product with our 365 day, hassle free returns.

        We will give you a full refund or exchange on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

        Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

        If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

        For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.