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Momentum Mag reviews the Nau Tripoly Jacket.
Nau Tripoly Jacket
PRICE $255 USD/ $295 CAD
The denim jacket-inspired Nau Tripoly Jacket uses a new three-layer waterproof, breathable blend of recycled polyester and cotton. The resulting material has a soft hand for a natural feel against the skin and a matte aesthetic that provides a sophisticated alternative to traditional high-shine synthetic outerwear. The seam-sealed design has a polyester tricot back and a DWR finish for increased protection from wind and water. A snap-off hood with a one-way drawcord and back velcro adjustment, combined with a low profile zip cuff with snap adjustment also help seal out the elements.
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Be ready to take on any urban adventure in the Nau Tripoly Jacket. With ample pocket space, a wind and waterproof material, and a comfortable and effective hood, this jacket will keep you dry and warm on wet rides. The organic cotton and recycled polyester fabric reduces harmful pesticide use and requires less energy to produce than virgin polyester.
The zippered pocket on the inside left of the jacket contains a hook-and-loop fastened media player pocket. I would have liked this extra pocket to be large enough to hold a smartphone and keep it from moving around in the larger surrounding pocket.
Design inspiration from denim jackets was immediately apparent in the outer pocket details, fitted body, and just-below-the-waist length of the jacket. While I wouldn’t want to be caught in the rain in denim, the organic cotton and recycled polyester material provided an excellent barrier against wind and wet. The hood was a perfect fit and the easy-to-use drawstring made sure I was kept covered even in the wind. The high collar was comfortable, added a little extra wind and wet protection, and looked great with or without the hood attached. With snap closures on the chest pockets and regular zippers on the hip pockets, I kept my smartphone in the zippered inside pocket. While I’m used to inside pockets being positioned higher on the chest, the hip-level inside pockets (one zippered and one elastic) didn’t feel uncomfortable and were deep enough to keep items where I wanted them. In a particularly heavy rainstorm, the Tripoly Jacket kept me (and perhaps, most importantly, my smartphone) dry and comfortable. While the fabric did have a plastic feel, the natural slub texture and toned down shininess didn’t scream that this jacket was rain gear.