Buffalo Coolflow ST Jacket Review

Part of the Buffalo range, the Coolflow ST Jacket has been designed as a three-layered summer weight textile jacket manufactured from a 600 Denier polyester; it has integratedmesh panels which provide air ventilation once the inner waterproof and thermal linings have been removed. Because the mesh panels are on the chest, vital areas like arms and the back still benefit from 600D polyester, which the manufacturer claims offers sufficient abrasion resistance.

The Coolflow ST Jacket also has removable CE armour on the shoulders and elbows; a pocket is also provided for a back armour insert (available separately).

Standard features include a brushed collar lining, two way cuff zippers, four internal pockets and reflective detailing to aid visibility at night. There’s also an adjustable twin Velcro retained waist belt. One other feature I particularly liked was the adjustable popper-retained upper/lower arm straps which not only ensurethat you get a personal fit, but also helps prevent the Coolflow ST Jacket from billowing in the wind – and these certainly helped to improve rider comfort when I was out on the open road.

Having used the Coolflow ST Jacket on many of my low/mid-range journeys, I can vouch for its versatility. With the linings removed, the vented airflow provides a nice cooling effect in the hot summer sun; but this is the UK and the evenings can turn cool very quickly, so when I knew I was going to be out riding till late, I simply carried the inner lining under my scooter seat, ready to quickly fit in place for the colder ride home, thus providing me with a little more insulation when needed.

The Coolflow ST Jacket is available in a red/stone colourway, in sizes S to 5XL, so there’s a size to suit most statures. Matching trousers (RRP: £79.99) are also available which can be attached to the jacket via via its 8in connecting zipper.

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