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All photos by Megan Chinburg

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Unofficial USPS Motto

If you have a riding ethos similar to a US Postal courier, Maloja’s AndriM high-tech jacket is worth a long look. The jacket features Gore-Tex fabric to give you a dry and warm ride, and their designers made sure you will look good while you’re pinning it.

The AndriM Rain Jacket is made of 78% nylon and 22% spandex, and is armed to repel water with aplomb while allowing enough air through to keep you cool. The four-way stretch fabric and relaxed, athletic fit leave ample space to layer as much as your day demands with room to move around comfortably. The fabric has a 28,000mm waterproof rating and a 100% windproof rating, so you may have to fall in a creek if you want to get wet in this getup.

I rode in the jacket several times with a thin wool base layer underneath. In winter I prefer to dress in a “warm if I don’t stop” manner. Each morning ride was between 6° and 7° Celsius (43°-45°f) with rain and properly muddy conditions. I rode for roughly 1.5-2hrs, including at least 40 minutes of climbing. With some solid ascents, followed by a fast 10-minute coasting descent, I stayed perfectly warm in this jacket. I didn’t feel overly hot and could have easily added a few layers if the temperature dipped any further.

Rain gear is rarely as breathable as anyone would like, and I expected to be soaked in sweat when I arrived home. I was pleasantly surprised to find my base layer no more damp than if I had ridden on a dry day wearing a softshell that doesn’t refuse water. I’m not sure how all of this waterproof breathability works so well, but I am thankful that it does. For wet spring enduro racing, this will likely be my go-to kit.

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Apart from high-tech fabrics, the AndriM is a minimalist’s daydream. The jacket has one cellphone-size breast pocket, a burly YKK zipper that should last the life of the jacket, hook-and-loop wrist closure, and an adjustable waistband. That’s it. Without the hood, vents, pockets, and logo mess most jackets are covered in, this is a clean looking and highly functional piece of gear.

The AdriM jacket retails for $299 USD.

The long tail of the jacket provides ample overlap to keep mud on the outside.

If you ride in the rain or snow and you dig purpose-made things that work super well you will be happy with the Maloja AndriM. The jacket functions as advertised, fits very well, and has a decidedly clean aesthetic. The price reflects the materials and quality therein, and in my opinion it is worth the cash. If you prefer to have a lot of pockets and gadgets on your clothing, this may not be the jacket you are looking for. But in the cold months, a backpack can be a nice way to stay even warmer.

Thanks to Maloja for providing the AndriM jacket for review. 

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