Leatt DBX 4.0 All-Mountain jacket review$140.00

Versatile softshell mountain biking jacket

BikeRadar score3/5

This softshell jacket won’t repel the heaviest rain but it shrugs off puddle splashes and does keep the worst of the weather at bay when things take a turn for the worse.

Softshells tend to be pretty warm in use and, although the fabric is thin, the DBX 4.0 AM is no different.

I tended to wear it with just a baselayer underneath and, even then, used the long pocket zips to allow a little extra air through the jacket. It does breathe well, though — far better than a regular waterproof.

The body is well proportioned; long enough at the back and roomy to wear, but fitted enough for my tastes.

While the arms are a good length too, with useful scuff panels, they’re just too baggy, unless you wear elbow pads underneath.

I found the hood redundant while riding too. It’ll fit over your lid, but unless you have the front zip fully done up, it ends up flapping around your shoulders too much.

If the arms were a little less voluminous and the hood were either not there or stowable, I’d have got on well with the jacket, but sadly these two features detract from its overall performance out on the trail.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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