With autumn now here, and winter fast approaching, a lot of us will be looking for something to make us a little more visible. The Hump Strobe jacket is just the thing for that – plus it's breathable and waterproof. A really good jacket.
Designing a jacket to be waterproof and breathable used to be like looking for the Holy Grail, but there are a good few on the market now that meet these claims, usually with the price tag to match. Unlike those, the Hump keeps you dry and (mostly) sweat free for a very decent price.
The waterproofing was the first thing I tested. As luck would have it, due to a severe lack of rain I had to test it in the bathroom. Running a force of water over it had absolutely no effect. Inside was bone dry, as the water had just rolled off the surface with ease. The fabric felt instantly dry, too.
Along with the waterproofing, one of the main features of this jacket is its high visibility. It has oodles of this and will appeal to the commuter, especially with the nights drawing in. The zip, piping on the sleeve, and the unmissable chevron pattern on the back ensure you are seen from practically any angle. Hump has hit the nail on the head with this design.
The cut is close enough to trap heat, yet loose enough for additional layers underneath when it gets colder. The sleeves are a good length and are tapered to keep wind and rain out. The drop tail is an expected design in cycle clothing and it delivers. When riding, the comfort levels are good too. Moving around is easy and unrestricted, as the fabric has just enough give to allow for natural movement. The waist and neck both have drawcords you can pull to adjust the fit perfectly.
Because the weather hasn't been freezing yet, it's been easy to build up a sweat and see just how breathable the fabric is. Of course there is always an element of sweat, the jacket isn't magic and can't evaporate sweat instantly, but what helps are the vents for airflow, letting sweat escape without you ending up damp and cold.
The jacket has one hip pocket and one front chest pocket, both of which are handy for phones – even quite large smartphones, which is a bonus – plus keys, gels and so on. One downside worth noting, though, is the lack of rear storage pockets, which I think are always handy for water bottles; the Hump doesn't have any.
A well made and well designed jacket that will see cyclists through from autumn to spring. And the price tag won't scare you off
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Make and model: Hump Strobe
Size tested: M, atomic blue
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The product is aimed at all cyclists who want increased visibility.
Hump says: "The Strobe jacket is littered with bright and reflective materials to light you up like a Christmas tree."
It certainly does that.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Huge reflective chevrons across the back of the jacket and lower arms give great night time visibility
A fully reflective front zipper, reflective piping down the front and rear of the arms as well as additional prints complete the Strobe jackets vast array of night time safety features
Fully waterproof and tape seamed, the Strobe will keep you dry in the harshest of storms
An adjustable shock cord at the waist allows you to fine tune the fit to help keep the elements out
Vented rear yoke helps to prevent you from overheating
A stash pocket located on the right hip and a conveniently placed waterproof chest pocket give you quick access to your essentials
HUMP's two year guarantee covers your jacket against manufacturing defaults
The jacket is very well made.
It performed really well in all tests.
It is very comfy to wear.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The jacket is very visible and waterproof. It performed both these roles very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I liked the high visibility and how comfortable it was.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
The jacket is a good fit, comfortable and made me feel safer on the road. It does exactly what it should.
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 158cm Weight: 61kg
I usually ride: Scott Contessa My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking