Review – Chrome Industries Candlestick Coaches Jacket

Chrome Industries Candlestick Coaches Jacket
With the arrival of the wet months of autumn and winter, a waterproof cycling jacket is an indispensable layer.

The new Chrome Industries Candlestick Coaches Jacket is a cycling inspired development on the classic coach jacket worn by team directors at sports fixtures around the world. The USA brand has taken the timeless style and produced a jacket with waterproof stretch fabric, taped seams, and other great cycling specific features.

Much like other Chrome items I have tested in the past, this is a winner…

The Colorado based Chrome Industries team produce apparel and luggage made to deal with decades of hard riding on the city streets. I have previously reviewed their bags, shorts, and boots on the blog; all of which continue to do me great service (see my earlier Chrome reviews here).

The new Chrome Candlestick Coaches Jacket is a waterproof layer that looks at home both chilling at the bar or blasting down the bike path. Whereas a classic coach jacket is designed for insulation and sitting on the side-lines, the Chrome Candlestick is designed for action…

Made from a waterproof stretch fabric, with fully taped seams and an interior mesh lining; the Candlestick jacket is a protective and versatile outer shell. The fabric is highly breathable, but the jacket also features two-way zippered side vents and a two-way zippered front to aid with ventilation when you might be working up a sweat.

To help seal out the elements, the Candlestick jacket has an adjustable hem and a high cut wind-block collar. To help with carrying essentials there is an internal zippered chest pocket and two outer pockets. Subtle reflective detailing under the zip baffle and on the Chrome logo on the chest of the jacket help to increase your road presence in low light conditions.

I have been testing the Candlestick Coaches Jacket for the last month and have been grateful of the protective and versatile layer on many cycling errands and commutes. The jacket offers a fair amount of insulation, so the two-way ventilation zippers are a superb addition to avoid heat build-up in the milder months of autumn; crucially though, they retain the ability to seal up the collar and draw in the hem to form a barrier against the elements when the heavens do open.

My only criticism of the Candlestick jacket is that the arm length is a little too short for cycling; with your arms extended on the hoods of a road bike, it pulls the cuffs of the jacket high up your wrists. That said, I do have abnormally long arms, so this might be more of a personal fit issue. I tested a Medium sized jacket, for reference.

To sum up…

Whether you are blasting into town in a downpour or heading out to walk the dog on a brisk autumn day, the Chrome Candlestick Coaches Jacket is a stylish and practical layer to pull on. As with other Chrome Industries products I have tested to date, it is built to last; promising many years of reliable service, to keep your riding no matter what the weather can throw your way. 


Chrome Industries Candlestick Coaches Jacket Tim Wiggins


Chrome Industries Candlestick Coaches Jacket Tim Wiggins

Disclaimer: Chrome Industries provided Life In The Saddle with a Chrome Candlestick Jacket for Test and Review

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