The Velocity DT is an absolutely 100% dedicated cycling jacket, designed with a cyclist’s needs in mind and trying hard to address as many of them as possible.
Fully waterproof, it’s ultra lightweight, weighing just 225g, and easily scrunches down into the tiny stuff sac that comes with it. This makes it a great choice for taking along whatever the excursion, be it commuting, touring or indeed any kind of riding at all. The fabric is surprisingly breathable and therefore comfortable to wear no matter how hard you’re working, even though its streamlined design does not feature pit zips.
The cut and fit are excellent, with good length in the body, an unobtrusive dropped tail , decent length sleeves and a contoured fit that doesn’t gape or ride up during energetic use. The collar fastens nice and neatly to keep out drafts, and is lined with soft fleecy fabric for comfort.
There’s a good sized water resistant zipped chest pocket with headphone cable outlet and a huge rear cargo pocket, both of which together are sufficient for toting stuff like gloves, Buff, snack bars, phone, keys or the kitchen sink.
One of the best features of this jacket though, aside from its sleek design and light weight, is the miles and miles of reflectivity on it. Montane claim there’s over 3m of reflective piping, and also various reflective dots and logos where you need them most. If you’ve gone for the Fluoro Yellow/Carbon option the combination of the two make for a huge increase in after dark and low light visibility.
For those who don’t favour the eye wateringly bright but super effective hi viz colour option, this women’s version also comes in red. The men’s version comes in hi viz, red and also black.
It’s an ultra lightweight jacket, and therefore one with all year round use, but only if you layer up under it in winter. The slim fit might make this less feasible though, if you want to maximize streamlining the rest of the year.
An incredibly well thought through cycling specific waterproof jacket. Light, comfortable to wear and practical.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Montane Velocity womens jacket
Size tested: UK12
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 manufacturer says:
'Designed for the high energy cyclist who demands contemporary technical features and ultra low weight in a fully waterproof shell.'
I'd agree with that. It's well designed, genuinely useful and isn't bulky and intrusive to wear or carry.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Over 3m of reflective piping as well as reflective dots in useful positions such as at the cuffs and tail.
Super light fully waterproof breathable fabric.
Chest pocket with water resistant zip
Generous tail pocket
Soft fleecy lined snug fitting collar
Streamlined fit and cut so no excess fabric to get in the way
Comes with its own stow sack
Water resistant front zip with generous storm flap specially designed to channel water away.
Comfortable and unobtrusive in use.
Really light. Easy to pack into bag or pannier for any ride.
Very reasonable price for such a light, well considered technical jacket
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit, shape, features, reflectivity- liked everything!
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- one with slimmer upper arms
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A great value for money, technical wet weather riding jacket with all the right features and none of the wrong ones.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.