“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.
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.
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.