Ligne 8 Adrienne Reversible Coat Review

This incredibly soft raincoat holds up to those spontaneous spring showers in a very stylish way.

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Photo courtesy of LIGNE 8

Find it at: www.ligne8.com
Price: $390.00 USD

Fully reversible with minimal sleek lines and cocoon silhouette, the Adrienne Reversible Coat is versatility at its best. The advanced soft shell fabric is comprised of two surfaces bonded together with a highly breathable coating. Lightweight, extremely elastic and very comfortable, the core layer ensures the fabric is both wind and waterproof. The coat features a stand collar with a snap front closure. The front features a raglan sleeve while clever construction in the back eliminates upper arm seams ensuring a comfortable range of motion for a cyclist. Off the bike, it’s a chic city coat and ideal for transitional weather.

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This is the most stylish jacket I have ever worn on a bike. The Adrienne Reversible Coat has a clean and elegant look that is perfect for city life without compromising on comfort, at all. The material is so soft it’s hard to believe it’s a raincoat and won’t absorb water like your favourite blanket. The jacket quickly became my go to. When commuting to work through spring showers the rain beaded off the jacket and on sunny weekend rides to lunch I never felt like I was overheating or underdressed.

I wore this jacket on an upright Mobi bike (Vancouver’s bike share) and my mixte frame bicycle which has a slightly more aggressive riding position. The cut of the jacket is great for mobility and the stretch in the fabric meant my movement never felt restricted.

As the name suggests this jacket is reversible giving me not one, but two of the most comfortable rain jackets I have ever worn for the price of one.

Wish List
I love the clean look of the jacket but a hood would be a welcome addition when riding in rainy weather. An umbrella works great when walking down the street but when riding you are forced to wear a helmet or hat to protect you hair. I also wish the pockets were a bit deeper. They feel a bit shallow which had me concerned I would end up knocking my phone or keys out while pedalling along. This never happened but deeper pockets would give me that peace of mind.

Ideal User
Chic city cyclist who is looking for a comfortable jacket and doesn’t want to worry if there is a little rain the forecast.

Summary
With the Adrienne Reversible Coat, I have proof that a raincoat can be the most comfortable coat you own. As I rode through light rain showers and watched the drops bead and roll off the soft shell jacket I was amazed at the fabrics next to skin feel. The breathable material meant there was never that sticky sauna box feeling you get with some raincoats. The stand collar provided great neck protection from the rain and wind and there was very little irritation when turning your neck from side to side. The jacket was quick to dry so even when I rode in the rain on my morning commute it was dry in time for my lunchtime walk.

The jacket is lightweight and fits oversized which means it’s easy to fit additional layers underneath on colder days. I ordered the jacket to my measurements but felt like I could have gone down a size down due to it’s “easy relaxed fit.” Guess it depends on how many additional layers you will need  if you plan on riding through the winter in your city.

Overall, this coat made me excited about getting on my bike even when the forecast didn’t look great. The Adrienne Reversible Coat worked great on the bike and looked stylish enough for business meetings and going for dinner in the city. I wouldn’t rely solely on the pockets to carry everything you need as they aren’t very deep. If you’re looking for a comfortable jacket that can stand up to light rain showers and be breathable enough to wear in the summer it’s a perfect option.


Laura Beattie works at Vancouver Bike Share (DBA Mobi by Shaw Go) and when she’s not using Mobi to get around she is riding her dream bike, a red one.

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