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Verdict: 
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
Weight: 
414g

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.

Hump Strobe womens waterproof jacket

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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.

Hump Strobe womens waterproof jacket - cuff

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.

Hump Strobe womens waterproof jacket - reflective back

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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.

Hump Strobe womens waterproof jacket - collar toggle

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.

Hump Strobe womens waterproof jacket - back pocket

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.

Hump Strobe womens waterproof jacket - chest pocket

Verdict

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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road.cc test report

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?

Hump says:

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

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

The jacket is very well made.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

It performed really well in all tests.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

It is very comfy to wear.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

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

Nothing.

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.

Overall rating: 8/10

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