Tested : Pete’s Royal Racing Matrix Jacket Review.

The Royal Racing Matrix Jacket is an out-and-out rain jacket for those days when the liquid sunshine just won’t quit and you fancy staying dry.

With 2022 being as wet as it has been so far, it was the right opportunity for Pete to give Royal Racing’s Matrix Jacket a good run out.

Key features:

  • 10,000 DPI.MVP fabric
  • Ride-position cut
  • External pockets double as vents
  • Internal chest pocket
  • Toggle adjustable hood
  • £139.99 RRP
  • RoyalRacing.com

Zipping the Royal Racing Matrix jacket up gives you enough of a sense of how waterproof it’s going to be. The zip is barely visible beneath the seams of the jacket and getting it running up to your chin is no mean feat.

Once you’re into the Matrix though, even the most stubborn of Highland downpours is going to have trouble bothering the 10,000 DPI.MVP fabric. Despite its impressive water shedding capabilities, it’s not the sweatiest of jackets going either. While you might want to opt for something lighter for a summer downpour, the Matrix has been either on me or in my bag whenever rain is in the forecast.

When the heat levels do start to climb, the front pockets, double zipped as well, do a solid job of letting the breeze get around you, and the internal chest pocket is the ideal size for all but the most gargantuan of smart phones.

Despite being a wet weather jacket, the Matrix does give you a solid wind and waterproof option to layer up underneath, so it’s been with me up bigger mountains when the temperature starts to drop with just a base layer underneath. On shorter rides, the ample pocket space means spares can be carried without the need for a bag too.

While it doesn’t pack particularly small, you’re going to struggle to get a jacket that can handle the elements as well as the Matrix that comes much smaller. You’re going to be compromising somewhere. At £139.99, it’s not silly money either.

What do we think?

The Royal Racing Matrix has become my go-to jacket. It’s great to see a brand rocking XSmall across the range, and as a result it fits me like a glove. It’s held up well in some serious Scottish weather and got me home dry. The zips, cuffs and seams all appear as solid as they day I got them.

My only grumble is that the fluoro yellow has faded a touch in the wash.

We love:

  • Fit
  • Large hood
  • XSmall FTW
  • Serious weatherproofing
  • Big, double-zipped pockets

Could do better:

  • Colour has faded slightly

You can check out the Royal Racing Matrix Jacket on their website here.