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Chrome Storm Salute Commute women’s waterproof jacket review: cycling chic that’s great for hiking too

Whether commuting by bike or hitting the trails, the Chrome Storm Salute Commute means you’re prepared for whatever the weather throws at you

Chrome Storm Salute Commute
(Image: © Chrome)

Our Verdict

Keep on rolling – this smart and fully waterproof jacket was designed, and is ideal for, cyclists and commuters, and works well for wet weather hikes off the bike, too.

For

  • • Reliable waterproofing
  • • Great pockets

Against

  • • Would benefit from larger reflective detailing
  • • Too slim-fitting for layering without sizing up

Chrome Storm Salute Commute: first impressions

Chrome Storm Salute Commute

The Chrome Storm Salute Commute has a unisex design but the cut is very female form-friendly (Image credit: Chrome)

The streamlined Chrome Storm Salute Commute jacket was designed with keen cyclists and two-wheeled commuters in mind, but works well for walkers too. 

The gender-neutral, work-appropriate black and khaki colorways look great, as does the smart, flattering and female form-friendly cut, although in an ideal world we’d have added larger reflective detailing to this design for night riding, as the current ones are on the small and subtle side, and might be missed on the blackest of nights.

Read on to discover how the Chrome Storm Salute Commute performed under test conditions for our best women’s waterproof jackets buying guide.

Specifications

RRP: $251 (US) / £189 (UK)
• Waterproofing: 10,000mm HH
• Weight: 390g / 13.9oz
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Black / Khaki
• Compatibility: Ideal as intended, for cycling commuters, plus recreational biking and hiking

Chrome Storm Salute Commute: on the trails

What really stood out on test was how comfortable the Storm Salute Commute is to wear – this is a jacket that moves well with you, which is ideal whether you’re biking or hiking, and it’s also breathable enough to keep you cool if you have to tackle a sudden hill climb.

This is a slim-fitting jacket that works well when worn with a backpack on a bike, when you want to feel as streamlined as possible, but we’d recommend sizing up if you want to wear any bulky layers, such as a fleece or a gillet, underneath in the winter months, because layering is important.

Pockets are roomy and well placed – the wide one on the lower back is a handy extra for snacks and tools on recreational rides (but it is not backpack compatible), and we like the zipped internal pocket, which is suitable for stashing your phone in when you are on the go. 

Out of the saddle, this is a versatile jacket for hiking or for casual use in foul weather, as we found when we tested it out on all-day cycles in rain and shine as well as on a couple of country walks in the rain (it’s always handy knowing how to stay dry when hiking). Well worth the spend if you want a go-anywhere jacket for daily use with waterproofing that looks like it’ll last.

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.