Review: Chrome De Haro Windbreaker
You are probably thinking, why the @#$% are you fishing with a cycling jacket. Well, mostly because I can and also to illustrate what I like best about the De Haro – it’s a great multi-purpose jacket with cycling features. Many readers know I’m more of a bike tourer/commuter with little to no messenger aspirations. BUT, I can spot a good product when I see one and Chrome makes lots of products that extend beyond their specific brand of urban cycling warrior.
The De Haro is an understated jacket with simple and thoughtful features that make it uber useful both off and on the bike. On the pocket front, it has two chest pockets (ala field jacket style) that will hold a small fly box, a pack of smokes (if you are into that), smart phone, etc., The left side chest pocket has a zippered side entry, easily accessible while you are riding one handed provided you are a righty. It also has a large rear pocket that doubles as a stuffsack. What is lacking are side pockets, which may make or break it for some.
The material is lightweight and fairly windproof and water resistant. We got hit with a series of Spring storms here in the Pacific Northwest Recently and the De Haro held its own. It is NOT waterproof however. In a long enough downpour it will soak through. The upside is that because of the thin material it dries really fast. This jacket actually reminds me a lot of the Marmot DriClime jacket (sans micro fleece interior and with a lot less highschool coach look) that I like.
Other features are the velcro cuffs that allow you to be stealthy black or get all reflective all in up in this bi(*&#$! It has side vents along the side which I have found to work OK. It’s not exactly a “wind beneath my wings” feeling there. What DOES work great, however, is the two way zipper. This should be a de facto feature of EVERY piece of cycling outerwear in my opinion. You can talk “breathability” until the cows come home but nothing breathes better than large flapping chest hole. Period. The double zippers work great and expand the usable operating temps of the jacket. Although it has no fleece in the inside, it gets pretty warm with aerobic activity. It is actually almost boderline too warm for me during these spring rains. The fit isn’t super racer tight. The arms are nicely tapered so you don’t get flapping arms. The torso is a little long for taller people and to cover your back during some rain. It is a little fleshier in mid section, so it allows for some layering. When we were camping, I had a thin wool jersey and down vest on at one point and it fit well beneath the jacket.
The best way to describe the De Haro is that it is a great everyday jacket with some cycling niceties. It doesn’t look out of place while camping, fishing, on the train, walking around town, etc., But when you do hop on your bike during the course of your day, it has some nice features that make it a little better for riding than a completely non-riding specific jacket.
And yes. I caught some trout.
Ethics: This product was provided for review without compensation. The opinions, thoughts and wise-assery are my own.