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MAAP Atmos Jacket



A very light, pocketable and stylish jacket that's super-comfortable, with a great cut and best-in-class waterproofing
Very light
Very compact
Very waterproof
Very breathable
Minimalist chic
40% off crash replacement warranty
No vent or zip for jersey pocket access
No stuffsack
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The MAAP Atmos Jacket is a stunningly light (and expensive) minimalist jacket that disappears into a jersey pocket, but protects you against the worst weather while breathing hard – that's you and the jacket. Just be sure you actually want something that compact and lightweight...

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Melbourne, Australia has 2,200 hours a year of sunshine. But this is countered by the 139 days when it rains to some degree – making Melbourne the rain capital of the Lucky Country. Though for context, that 600mm of precipitation isn't quite on the scale of Portland, Oregon's cyclist-soaking 2,000mm per year.

I raise Portland as it's the home of Showers Pass, a brand I've long considered one of the best wet-weather kit designers, and purveyor of the Spring Classic Jacket. At £249 and weighing 276g, with eco cred and better durability than the snag-prone Shakedry, you'd think that was roughly the last word in planet-friendly, super-light-but-still-reasonably-hardwearing rainwear. Hold my XXXX, says Melbourne's MAAP.

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MAAP's new Atmos jacket costs £270, which isn't out of the ordinary for a super-light jacket that's also fully waterproof and extremely breathable. And it's the jacket's breathability that's the key here – anyone can make a jacket out of a cheap, thin plastic that's 100% waterproof and say job done. It just wouldn't be very nice to ride in for more than a few minutes...

Our size large Atmos weighs in at a very light 150g – lighter than the Gorewear Race and in a different league to the Showers Pass Spring Classic. The fabric is so thin you can roll the jacket into a ball the size of your fist, which then easily disappears into your jersey pocket.

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The fabric is Pertex Shield, a new three-layer soft ripstop material with a 20,000mm hydrostatic rating. Pertex Shield feels soft, quiet and stretchy, which makes it a jacket that can accommodate some middle-age spread. That stretchiness also means it's easy to get it on and off, which is important in a garment that's cut snug to minimise flapping and drag when you're putting the hammer down or descending.

The Pertex Shield fabric really is the secret of the Atmos, because after that there's not much more to say about MAAP's minimalist masterpiece. Not only are there no pockets – there's not even a flap for you to access your jersey pockets beneath.

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And that was the only niggle I had with the Atmos – the fact that if you're reaching for a phone or energy bar, you have to hoick the jacket up high enough to dive into your jersey pocket. Maybe MAAP thinks that if you're wearing it the weather is so bad you won't be taking photos, but come on folks, everyone has to eat.

The cuffs have no zips or Velcro, just minimal but functional elastic there and the rear hem to keep the jacket snug to your body.

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This adds to the compactness of the rolled-up jacket, but it still manages a high enough collar to provide a good seal against the rain.

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The YKK zip is both locking and bi-directional, so you can zip upwards from the bottom for additional cooling without turning the jacket into a windsock, and it also helps you to access your jersey pockets – when you remember.

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Though this does mean faffing with the lower zip, which is usually a two-handed affair, so it's best not to try this except on the quietest roads. There's a zip garage at the top for comfort.

There are five large reflective blocks with the MAAP logo embedded, and these are spread around the Atmos in a minimal but still effective way. There are a couple of patches on the right-hand side and right wrist that are more brightly coloured, which add extra visibility in countries that ride and drive on the left.

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The Atmos comes in black, green, rust-orange and two shades of blue – and I'd say the Atmos out-Raphas Rapha in the sharp looks department. A women's version is available in four different colourways.

The seams are fully tape-sealed, and the Shield's micro-ripstop structure suggests longevity too – not that you'll be wanting to test it. But if you do, MAAP offers a generous 40% off Crash Replacement Warranty (Conditions Apply, I Am Not a Lawyer etc), which I feel the rest of the cycling industry could take heed of.

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I found the sizing spot on – my 40-inch chest and long arms fitting perfectly into the size Large 39-42in range, and while the waist is designed for riders in the 34-36in range, thanks to the Shield's stretchiness, my waist didn't feel overly restricted or sausage-ified. The jacket's snug-on-the-bike cut means it can feel taut over your shoulders when you're standing, but that feeling disappears when you're riding on a drop-bar bike.

The rear hem covers your lower back but doesn't come low enough to fully protect your bum – a drop-tail this is not, so mudguards might be in order if you're riding in heavy rain, unless you want your bibs to get soaked.

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So, the Atmos is light, compact, looks great and is made to last – that would all count for nothing if you emerged from the rain as wet on the inside as the outside. My go-to test for breathability is a 109-metre vertical ascent that averages 6% and doesn't let up for a second. This represents a good 8-10 minutes of Zone 5 fun that never fails to bring out the worst – or in this case the best – of the kit you're wearing.

Heading into this climb warmed up after a dozen miles zig-zagging through quiet lanes, I still had the Atmos fully zipped up against the 2°C air temperature and constantly dreary weather. Typically I'd unzip a jacket before or early into this climb, but it stayed tight shut the whole way. All the way up in Zone 5, breathing hard and looking out for startled deer, my focus was not on comfort – and that's because I was 'comfortable'.

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Now it's easy to be 'comfortable' when you're working hard in cold weather up a sheltered climb, as your sweat is warm. The real test of breathability is when you come into the open and start descending, then you really feel just how good a shell was at letting moisture permeate.

In the case of this ride, the climb tops out onto a gravelled plateau that means you're heading into the mostly prevailing headwinds. Thanks to the headwind and my riding speed, had my base layer and jersey been soaked with sweat, I'd have cooled very quickly in the sub-zero wind chill. But no, the Atmos had clearly let enough moisture permeate that my core and arms felt fine, so I was good to continue battering through the increasingly large puddles and still stay warm.

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Twenty minutes later the descent began, requiring constant focus and two fingers per lever – a challenge for me if my arms are cold because of the bike kit-testing-blessing of Raynaud's Syndrome. Once again the lack of moisture build-up meant that even during 15 minutes where I was barely pedalling, I didn't get cold and I remained comfortable.

At the bottom I picked up a traffic-free B-road that is a long, constant 1-2% climb, another good test, and once again the Atmos stayed fully zipped while I ran down more miles.

After nearly three hours riding in rain and 2°C temperatures I arrived home happy – and comfortable. I had kept the Atmos zipped up, and my only grumble was the occasional faff fishing out my phone.

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For the last five years my go-to road and gravel rain jacket has been a 7Mesh Renegade – a triple-layer hardshell Gore-Tex design, weighing 230g and rolling up into a two-fist-size package – so it's usually sticking out of my jersey pocket.

As of now, the MAAP Atmos has just knocked the 7Mesh off top spot on my changeable-rubbish weather gear shelf, thanks to its combination of performance, low weight, lack of bulk, fit, stretch and looks. The 7Mesh has slashed vents at the back to allow jersey pocket access, and it might still come out for rides where I know I will be wearing it 100% of the time, but for most other rides the Atmos will get the nod.


Just over a year ago Gorewear announced it was ceasing production of its beloved Shakedry waterproof fabric.

And while you can still buy Shakedry garments, the clock is ticking. For whatever reason – cost, supply chain, durability, environmental impact – the writing's on the wall for the super-light and compact material, but even at £300 the Gorewear Race Shakedry jacket is still one of the best cycling garments out there. It weighs 174g and Dave raved about it.

The closest match for the MAAP Atmos is probably the Velocio Mens Ultralight Rain Jacket. At £292 it's in the same ballpark price-wise and at 182g it's only marginally heavier. But you do get an internal pocket and slashes to give you access to your jersey pockets. And while the eVent DV Storm fabric Velocio uses is only rated at 10,000mm – half that used on the Atmos – Ben found the waterproofing effective.

On a tighter budget? The Altura Icon Pocket Rocket Waterproof Packable Waterproof Jacket comes in at around £125, and while Steve found it suitably light and packable, he thought its breathability was only average.


For those days where you know There Will Be Rain, but you want the option to pocket the shell once the precipitation has passed, the MAAP Atmos is a compelling choice – superbly waterproof, supremely packable and strikingly stylish – though you'll be paying a pretty price for it.


A very light, pocketable and stylish jacket that's super-comfortable, with a great cut and best-in-class waterproofing test report

Make and model: MAAP Atmos Jacket

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the jacket 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?

It's for people who want to ride hard in bad – and stay comfortable.

MAAP says:

In our perpetual pursuit of progression, the all-new Atmos Jacket is the lightest-weight packable rain jacket we've ever created. PERIOD. Optimised for unpredictable weather, the breathable, 2-way stretch Pertex® Shield fabric is extremely lightweight and constructed for on-bike ease of movement. Ultra-packable, the minimal construction folds down to effortlessly slip into any pocket. Engineered to be light without compromising on protection, providing a 20k waterproof rating you can depend on. The ultimate versatile performer, The Atmos Jacket will take your riding experience to the next level

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?


Pertex® Shield Fabric

3-layer construction combines lightweight face fabric with waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane

Super lightweight fabric (68gsm) and minimal trims provide ultimate packability in changeable conditions (Garment weight: 125 g, size Medium)

Optimised for on-bike fit with articulated sleeves and stretch provides freedom of movement

Micro Ripstop structure provides durability with softness

Taller collar for elevated weather protection

Combined low profile bonded and elasticated sleeve cuff and hem construction

14mm internally taped seams

Two-way waterproof YKK zipper

Reflective trims for visibility

Water Protection Rating 20,000 (Water Column)

Crash Replacement & Warranty

It happens to the best of us... If you happen to go down and your kit is damaged as a result, shoot us an email with details and photos of your damaged kit, include a copy of your original receipt or order number and we will provide you with a 40% discount on a replacement kit*. *Conditions apply. Please view our Crash Replacement page for more information.


Machine wash, gentle cycle, 40°C, recommend pure soap or detergent (do not use biological products), and rinse well in cold water. Tumble dry on a cool setting to restore water repellency. Do not dry clean.

Sizing: Large = 39-42 chest / 34-36 waist

Rate the jacket for quality of construction:

A really well-assembled jacket – flawless.

Rate the jacket for performance:

The only markdown is the lack of jersey pocket access. Everything else is great.

Rate the jacket for durability:

The ripstop fabric is light but feels durable.

Rate the jacket for waterproofing based on the manufacturer's rating:

20,000mm is the go-to spec for heavy rain.

Rate the jacket for breathability based on the manufacturer's rating:

Very breathable.

Rate the jacket for fit:

Like-a-glove fit.

Rate the jacket for sizing:

Sized perfectly, with nice long arms.

Rate the jacket for weight:

Extremely light for the spec and durability.

Rate the jacket for comfort:

The softness and stretch of the fabric makes for great comfort, even coping with a little middle-age spread.

Rate the jacket for value:

While £270 is far from cheap the price is about right for this level of performance.

How easy is the jacket to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

It cleans up well in a normal 40°C wash.

Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The faff of getting into your pocket aside, the Atmos is a great jacket, very comfortable to wear in the cold and wet.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket

It's, you know, the Vibe (it's a Melbourne thing). Other than that... the performance when it's cold and wet.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket

Lack of access to jersey pockets. If MAAP could create even one pocket slash in the Atmos 2.0 it would be perfect.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market including ones recently tested on

Pretty much middling – it's not a bargain, but the price isn't unreasonable for this sort of quality.

Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes

Would you consider buying the jacket? Yes

Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

I can only mark the Atmos down on its lack of jersey pocket access, and that the price isn't notably lower than competitors.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 47  Height: 183cm  Weight: 77kg

I usually ride: Sonder Camino Gravelaxe  My best bike is: Nah bro that's it

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, general fitness riding, mtb, G-R-A-V-E-L

Living in the Highlands, Mike is constantly finding innovative and usually cold/wet ways to accelerate the degradation of cycling kit. At his happiest in a warm workshop holding an anodised tool of high repute, Mike's been taking bikes apart and (mostly) putting them back together for forty years. With a day job in global IT (he's not completely sure what that means either) and having run a boutique cycle service business on the side for a decade, bikes are his escape into the practical and life-changing for his customers.

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HollisJ | 5 months ago

Mike - Hollis Jones here. I reviewed the Albion All Road jacket - it shares the same Pertex Shield fabric as the Atmos, so I'd say in terms of comparisons it's probably the closest out there. It's also a fair bit cheaper (though still expensive).

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