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Gear Review: Merrell Universal Jacket
By MBT Staff

The Merrell Rally & Pass

The S08 Rally Jacket. A great pack stuffer for windy days.

Two New Garments With the Mountains in Mind
After the positive feedback we received pertaining to our review of the Merrell Universal jacket we gave Merrell an open invitation to pass along what they feel would be great apparel for the mountain bike crowd. This month we were sent two garments with very different purposes in mind but surprisingly similar results.

The first item we took a look at was the S08 Rally in a very cool orange: The Rally is a pull over ˝ zip jacket created of 60% nylon, 20% polyester, and 11% elastane. What this equates to a lightweight garment that is both flexible yet water resistant (in New York in the early spring, this is a requisite). We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: style is a relative thing. Even still the Rally earned praise from all of our testers as being quite stylish.

Pertinent to mountain biking is the fact that the Rally is perfect for layering or for being used as an active outer layer when the temps rise a little. Additional features include single zip-secure pocket on arm, elbow articulation for freedom of motion and an adjustable drawcord waist for the perfect fit.

Retail Price: $99.00

The Pass polo will certianly pass for after-ride attire..

The second piece we examined was the S08 “Pass” polo shirt. Sure it’s called a polo on paper but we are pleased to report this is a mountain bike jersey in the purest form. We’re talking about technology, comfort, and a unique enough style to stand out at the most crowded of trailheads. The jersey is crafted of Cocona fabric, a revolutionary new material that wicks maximum moisture away from the skin while protecting the rider from harmful UV rays with natural carbon technology. Slow adopters to new technology need not worry about adjusting to the Cocona feel, as the Pass is made of 100% breathable polyester. The Cocona treatment simply makes the garment faster drying, naturally odor resistant and UV protected.

Additionally the Pass features a half zip polo design with collar and a single, zip-secure chest pocket with taping details. Like most of Merrell’s works of art, the Pass offers laser cut venting on chest and under arm. We tried it, loved, and can strongly recommend it.

Retail Price: $49.00

Both of these new pieces combine style and functionality as only Merrell is capable of doing. For more information head over to: www.merrell.com

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