The Madison Flo Softshell Jacket is an all-purpose cycling jacket, that features a slightly different make up to the Flo Waterproof Jacket which is 100% mountain bike specific. We know the Softshell version performs well as a mountain bike option as resident shredder and Staff Writer Jess loves hers, but we thought we’d try it as a commuting option, so sent one to contributor Laura Laker to put it through its paces – here’s what she found…
The Madison Flo Women’s softshell jacket is unlike any other cycling jacket I’ve tried – mainly for the fact it doesn’t look or feel like a cycling jacket – but bear with me on this.
The jacket itself is good looking on and off the bike– I tried the aqua blue model and it looks sporty without being dayglow. It fits nicely over normal and cycle-specific clothing, and the finish is high quality, with seams and toggles hidden from view to give the jacket nice, clean lines. There’s a lot of panels, including on the sleeves, to shape the jacket, which make for a flattering fit, albeit one with room for layers underneath. It’s also very comfortable, with fleecy lining and no rucking of material or digging from things like zips on or off the bike.
However, this could just as easily be, say, a walking jacket, as one for cycling.
The most stand-out atypical thing, for an item that purports to be a cycling jacket, is the fact there’s a hood. However, this actually works pretty well on the bike. Along with two toggles sewn inside the hood lining to adjust, with rubber grippers on the material so you know where they’re hidden, there’s another toggle underneath a small storm flap at the hood’s rear to pull it back off your face. The combination of these mean when adjusted, the hood turns with you when you check over a shoulder. There are also laser-cut breathing holes at the bottom front of the hood for breathability, though they sit under the chin.