The Maap Ascend Rain Pro Jacket is a standout in our guide to the best waterproof cycling jackets thaanks to the protection it offers along with the large scoops of style it serves up alongside. As a jacket more aimed at the roadie end of the market, a tour of Bristol’s best country lanes and climbs was the perfect testing ground in the near permanent deluge we’ve had in the past few weeks.
Design and aesthetics
Maap are good at stylish details, and the Ascend Pro Rain Jacket is just another example of that. There are details that shout ‘I’m waterproof’ all over this jacket. The YKK Aquaguard® zippers contrast with the fabric of the jacket and the textured black seam guards on the shoulders. The thermobonded seams on the inside are left raw, the tape in stark contrast to the olive colour of this one. There’s also a large, rubbery panel on the interior back panel with a large Maap logo and the product details.
Everything about this jacket looks crisp while giving a nod to how practical each feature is. The signature Maap colour blocks (also reflective) add to the modern look while the cut is at the more fitted end of the scale without going full aero. It seemed a bit tight around my shoulders at first, but on the bike, with my shoulders in a more rounded position, it sits like a dream.
The fabric is definitely more rigid than other jackets we’ve reviewed. It’s thick enough to convince you of its waterproof rating (the highest of all the jackets in the guide) but dubious of its breathability rating. The fabric is also windproof, as are more or less every waterproof jacket, but the thickness lends a more protective feel when it’s really blowing hard.
The sleeves finish with elasticated cuffs that sit inside the outer fabric of the jacket, making a soft, comfortable guard against wind and water. The neck also comes up high enough to act as protection from chill and water ingress and has a similarly soft lining. There is also a dropped hem to protect your rear, with grippy silicon Maap logos to help it stay in place while you ride. The jacket also has one, small chest pocket, which is good enough for a key or card but not much else.
All in all it’s a fine looking jacket which uses sleek design to draw your eyes to its functional features…but just how functional were they?
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