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Scott Trail Storm LS jersey review: cool style for colder rides

The Scott Trail Storm LS jersey is designed to bridge the cold-ride gap between jacket and jersey

Scott Trail Storm LS jersey
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Bike Perfect Verdict

The Scott Trail Storm LS Jersey provides welcome extra winter-/intermediate-weather warmth with the style and mobility of a jersey, but it can get a bit sweaty.

Pros

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    Consistently warm

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    Light weatherproofing

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    Proper MTB styling

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    Full-width lens wipe

Cons

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    Can get sweaty

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    Premium price

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    Lens wipe is narrow

Scott’s new Trail Storm LS jersey is warmer and more weatherproof than a standard MTB jersey but it still looks cool. That means it’s been a regular grab for us ahead hard-and-fast MTB rides in chillier temperatures.

Read on for the full review and you might also want to check out our guides to the best mountain bike jerseys and best mountain shorts once you've finished.

Our testing explained

For information on Bike Perfect's testing procedures and how our scoring system works, see our how we test page.

Design and aesthetics

Compared to the Trail Vertic LS Jersey the Trail Storm has a simpler shoulder cut. You still get a 3D-mesh neck yoke and armpit/back-of-upper-arm panels to add some air con, while the rest of the jersey is a mid-weight, fleece-backed fabric.

Torso and arm length are generous to make sure there are no gaps and there’s enough weight and stretch in the material to stop it creeping up or slapping around and spilling essential warmth. There’s a full-width (but shallow) lens wipe around the front hem too.

Scott Trail Storm LS jersey

The majority of Scott Trail Storm LS is made from a the mid-weight, fleece-backed fabric, which is a great windshield but can get soggy (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Performance

The 3D-mesh neck yoke and armpit/back-of-upper-arm panels are welcome details, as the fabric that makes up the majority of the jersey doesn’t wick as fast as a gridded-style fleece mid layer. That can leave it wet against the skin if you don’t use a fast-wicking base layer (or the Trail Vertic LS Jersey, which also works well) underneath.

On the plus side, the fabric is very effective at blocking out windchill at the start of a ride or on long descents/exposed sections after climbs. The fit is a lot closer yet more mobile and quiet than a specific windshell, too. While there’s no DWR coating to shrug off showers and splashes, wetness takes a while to get through anyway and it stays warm even when soggy. 

Verdict

The Scott Trail Storm LS jersey isn’t cheap and it can get sweatier than a fully tech, fabric top. It’s still a great, consistently warm and usefully weatherproof shoulder-season option if you don’t want to wear a shell or look like a rambler rather than a steezy rider.

Tech Specs: Scott Trail Storm LS Jersey

  • Price: Currently unavailable in the US / £72.99
  • Colors: Copper Orange & Tree Green (tested), Black & Storm Blue
  • Sizes: S – XL

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He spent a few years working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit, he’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg