Leatt DBX 5.0 Waterproof Jacket and Shorts Review: NSMB
“I’m not going to whitewash it, but I love riding in the rain. The forest is never prettier, the trails are more challenging and interesting and even a crappy beer tastes like nectar of the gods once you are done. Even better is the feeling that you’ve beaten the elements like a hungry Viking and snuck one in when most folks are chilling with Netflix. The clean up of bike, clothing and gear sucks. Getting cold fingers and toes bites, having mud catapulted into your socket so hard that your eyelids peel back is nobody’s idea of a good time and having your chamois feel like a solid diaper* gets old in about 90 seconds, but the good always outweighs the shitty for me.”
“Testing wet weather gear is an extra shove that gets me out in the elements even more often, and good wet weather gear is the difference between thriving and suffering. And in our climate I ask a lot of waterproof jackets, shorts, gloves and shoes. On the soggy day seen here we were doing back to back Knolly laps to compare carbon and aluminum.”
“Aside from the fit everything else worked beautifully. Staying completely dry during the North Shore monsoon is only realistic for short rides but the jacket and the shorts did a great job keeping the water and muck out on multiple occasions. Breathability might not be up to the standard of Gore-Tex, for example, but the incredible pit and front pocket zips manage heat and vapour build up so well the performance was right up there.”
“For 2019 you get new colours, a magnetic hood, grip material to keep your pack in place, and a fabric with a softer hand feel which is closer to a soft shell. The hood fits easily over a helmet but can be adjusted to fit your bare noggin.”
“The garments are protected with a coating that resists water, dirt and other stains. They look great after much abuse.”
“In the end I grew to like the DBX 5.0 jacket and shorts much more than I expected to. The ample zippered vents allow me to stay cool enough even when the Pineapple Express brings sheets of warm rain and the sturdy construction, excellent quality and thoughtful features make these favourites for me. In fact both are so comfy and functional I’ll wear them on days when it’s cool but without any rain in the forecast.”
Last year’s versions (tested here) can be found online at bargain prices. For the current models the jacket retails for 199 USD and the shorts are 120 USD.
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