Gravitas Jacket – Performance
We were blown away by the Gravitas in our first look at the jacket a few months back and putting more miles on it walking, running and biking hasn’t changed our view at all.
We said then that it reminded us strongly of the excellent Rab Flashpoint and it shares a lot of that jacket’s strengths. It’s very, very light. Packs away to a pocket-sized package. And when you do need it, it’s protective and breathable enough to do the business.
‘We’ve used the Gravitas for a mix of hiking, biking and trail-running for several months now and it’s still performing impressively well’
The fit is just about right for running and biking, though not as long and protective as a full-on walking jacket and with enough space for a light mid-layer. It’s comfortable against the skin as well, if you wear it over a tee for example.
It may be very competitively priced, but the Gravitas doesn’t feel remotely cheap. Touches like the shaped semi-elasticated cuffs, which extend slightly over the backs of your hands and the water-resistant main-zip for example, work nicely.
Good In The Hood
The hood too is a bit of a triumph. It has just a single rear pull-cord adjuster, fits very neatly and the semi-elasticated opening means you can pull it on or off without opening the main zip at all. It works brilliantly well and the final touch is a stiffened and wired UK-friendly peak.
It’s not helmet friendly, one area where the Flashpoint has a definite edge, but will, at a pinch, fit under a lid if necessary.
Downsides? One thing we’ve noticed with continued wear is that as the factory water-repellent treatment wears off, the thin 7D face fabric wets out quite quickly and the thin fabric feels cold when that happens, a quick re-proof should sort that, but you may need to factor in regular maintenance to keep performance optimal.