Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer Winter Jacket Review

This is my review of the Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer winter cycling jacket. I say ‘review’ but I’m probably happier with ‘presentation’.

Whilst I own my fair share of cycling clothing, I haven’t tried enough in each category to consider myself qualified as a reviewer.

So here I ‘present’ my thoughts on the jacket as a road cycling influencer (I am!) rather than as a materials technologist or a scientist specialising in velo-jacket analysis.

Climb & Conquer Jacket Review: Video Format

Video, rather than words, is probably the best way to consume this content. You can see what the jacket looks like, how it moves (how I move in it) and try to get a feel for the quality.

If you would like to read some more words, then some written thoughts are below the video.

What Is It?

This, my friends, is the Climb & Conquer jacket from Stolen Goat.

As far as I can see, it’s mainly aimed at road cycling. I am sure the gravel and adventure fraternity would find it acceptable clobber as well.

Warm winter cycling jacket

It’s a ‘proper’ winter cycling jacket, intended for use in your coldest winter riding. According to the Stolen Goat website, that’s 0-5°C (32-41°F) in dry conditions, 5-9°C (41-48°F) in the wet.

Disclaimer

Stolen Goat sent me the jacket to try for free. I didn’t pay for it.

Equally they didn’t pay me for the review.

I’ve tried to be impartial but who knows.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer logo

Designs

The design I was sent is called the Mekon. I received it in late 2020.

At the time I made the video, there were 8 different designs on the website – 7 of them brightly coloured – one a more stealthy black

A number of these have sold out over the course of the winter but you can sort the website by what is available in your size to see what’s left.

But I think that’s the point.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer jacket on bike

The Climb & Conquer jacket, as a piece of clothing, is available year-on-year, but Stolen Goat introduce (or ‘drop’ as the youngsters might say) a number of different designs each winter season in order to keep it fresh.

‘Cos no one wants to be embarrassed by wearing the same jacket (ahem, Castelli Perfetto) as all your cyclo-mates.

Is The Climb & Conquer Waterproof?

There is always some debate over waterproof or water resistant in the outdoor clothing world. The Stolen Goat website is quite liberal in its use of both terms.

The Climb & Conquer isn’t truly waterproof – but then few usable cycling jackets are.

As Stolen Goat note, seems aren’t taped. And if it gets soaked enough, water will get in.

Climb & Conquer jersey in the wet

However, my real world riding experience leads me to be more concerned about comfort rather than an arbitrary classification of water tightness.

If you are out in the rain you are going to get wet. So really we’re concerned about whether the jacket keeps us comfortable and warm when the conditions are against. I can confirm that the Climb & Conquer does exactly that.

It is now my ‘go to’ jacket when it is cold and raining (and someone had coerced me to go for a bike ride).

Is it windproof?

This is an easier question to answer: yes.

As a standalone characteristic of a winter jacket, windproofiness (technical term) is arguably more important than the waterproof point. In line with my comments above, being windproof means the Climb & Conquer retains warmth and therefore comfort on what otherwise would be a miserable ride.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer lining

Since we’re talking fabric, the jacket has a nice soft ‘Roubaix’ fleece-like lining. This feels cozy at the start of a chilly ride and is softer on the skin if you’ve gone for a short-sleeved base layer.

Oh yeah, the Roubaix lining provides some thermal insulation. Which is probably important.

Features

The jacket has a fairly standard three rear pockets. Slightly less standard is that the fabric used for those rear pockets is called Pixel 100, which is somewhat reflective and a helpful safety feature when riding in gloomy or dark conditions.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer reflective rear pockets

The pocket construction and the seams feel stronger than any jersey pockets I’ve had the pleasure of using. This possibly limits the absolute quantity of Cliff Bars and inner tubes you can stuff in there but at least you know they’re not going to fall apart over time.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer pockets

It has a waterproof ‘stash’ pocket for stuff that absolutely, positively you don’t want to get wet.

Finally, I’m not sure whether this constitutes a feature – it being a standard element of most jackets – but the zip is very high quality.

The zip(per) can be operated easily with one hand (not all zips can) and has a handy ‘zip garage’ to prevent it chewing into your neck (although one time I did manage to get said flap of material stuck in the zip, which was mucho annoying).

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer zipper garage

Fit

The jacket is described as ‘performance fit’. (Thankfully) I’d classify this as English performance fit rather than Italian.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer fit

The C&C is tailored and reasonably close fitting – it certainly doesn’t flap about – but the size descriptions are aligned to reality. A medium is a medium.

Using me as an example, my (pre-super hero) chest size is ~36 inches and I wear a size small. Which feels (feelz) about right.

Quality

I’m no clothing quality expert (this should be clear by now) but the Climb & Conquer seems well put together.

The materials are high grade. The layers that make up the lycra all seem well bonded together (probably not Stolen Goat’s doing, but at least they have chosen their fabric manufacturer well). Seams seem are robust and neat.

Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer zipping up

Zip comes from YKK, a Japanese company that apparently makes the world’s best zippers…

Price

At £150, the Climb & Conquer is not a cheap piece of cycling clothing. That said, it’s pretty much standard for a deep winter jacket.

Castelli’s Alpha ROS jacket is £290 (that’s the list price – I’m sure it can be picked up for less). The Alphas ROS (“Rain or Shine”) maybe has a few more technical details but it serves essentially the same purpose.

Stolen Goat Cyling Jacket at night

My beloved Castelli Perfetto is priced at around £200 and arguably is not targeted at the 0-5°C range (although many will wear as part of a layered strategy at these sorts of temperatures).

When compared to the Castelli Perfetto, the Climb and Conquer is definitely warmer. It also errs towards keeping the rider drier when it’s hosing it down (but that might be because my Perfetto is losing its water resistant coating…).

Long story long: whilst it’s difficult to describe a £150 jacket as ‘great value’, I consider it a decent price for a quality piece of kit.

Conclusion

I really like this jacket. I really really like this jacket.

It has slotted in nicely in my range of weather versus Monty riding conditions matrix, occupying the coldest slot.

Winter bike clothing

This freezer slot was previously filled with the Castelli Perfetto plus a number of base layers, neck buffs and gilets. Now I just need the Climb and Conquer and a base layer. Which keeps things simple.

The Climb & Conquer also has a bit of personality (unlike my real-life non-blog persona).

The black Castelli is stealth and all, but the brightly-coloured Mekon design suits my nascent (somewhat) flamboyant YouTube personality alter-ego.

If you like what you see, and fancy a bit of colour in your life, feel free to check out the range at the Stolen Goat website.

Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic road cyclist with only moderate talent. He started Sportive Cyclist in 2013 to record the journey to his first 100 mile ride, the RideLondon 100. Over time the blog has expanded to include training advice, gear reviews and road cycling tales, all from the perspective of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Since you're here, Monty would also like you to check out his YouTube channel. Also, Monty really needs to stop referring to himself in the third person.

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