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October 28, 2008
Tested: Scott USA Impact Jacket And Wander Pant
Contact: www.scottusa.com, see your local dealer
Scott USA bought out Riema a couple of years ago, it got its hands on a Gore
Tex license and the opportunity to expand into markets like snowmobiling. It
took Scott a year or two to refine the product and get its designs up to where
The Impact jacket features Scott's Tri-Phase technology, which is a waterproof, breathable design. The Impact has just about every feature a jacket could offer, including a removable hood, several pockets, underarm ventilation, waist gaiter and is MP3-player compatible.
The Wander pant is a lightweight offering from Scott that provides comfort, fit and function without sacrificing anything. Its non-insulated shell is very durable and features padding in the seat and knees and has two zippered pockets and one large cargo pocket. The seams are taped to keep water out.
How it works: We were impressed with what we consider Scott's premier line of outerwear (Scott has offered outerwear for a couple of years, but the transition from Riema to the current design limited its design. The 2008 product line was all Scott USA and a big hit with snowmobilers and freeriders.) The jacket's fit was great and we never had a problem with any of the closures or zippers. True to its claim, we never got wet in the Impact jacket. And you can pack all sorts of things in the jacket's well-placed pockets.
We also liked the Wander pant, though we would prefer an adjustable waistband over the removable suspenders. However, the pants functioned great and we didn't have any problem with wear and tear. While Scott states that this is a race-oriented pant and doesn't claim to be waterproof, we didn't have a problem with getting wet while riding in the Wander pant.
The comfort level of both outerwear pieces is high on the rating scale. The breathable material of the Impact jacket and the armpit vents keep you warm when it's cold and cool when it's warm. We didn't sweat profusely nor did we freeze. It's more than a bare shell, so it does carry a little weight to it, but it didn't hinder us. It's a very comfortable, functional combination of outerwear.
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