This is my review of the
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
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.
It’s a ‘proper’ winter cycling jacket, intended for use in your coldest winter riding. According to the
Equally they didn’t pay me for the review.
I’ve tried to be impartial but who knows.
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.
The Climb & Conquer jacket, as a piece of clothing, is available year-on-year, but
‘Cos no one wants to be embarrassed by wearing the same jacket (ahem,
Is The Climb & Conquer Waterproof?
There is always some debate over waterproof or water resistant in the outdoor clothing world. The
The Climb & Conquer isn’t truly waterproof – but then few usable cycling jackets are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The jacket is described as ‘performance fit’. (Thankfully) I’d classify this as English performance fit rather than Italian.
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.
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
seem are robust and neat.
Zip comes from YKK, a Japanese company that apparently makes the world’s best zippers…
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.
When compared to the
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.
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.
This freezer slot was previously filled with the
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