First Test of MacPac’s Prophet XPD Rain Jacket

MacPac Prophet XPD

Wrapped up and totally dry in the MacPac Prophet XPD rain jacket.

Over the summer, we were fortunate to pick up a couple rain jackets at an outlet sale. One of those was the MacPac Prophet XPD.

It’s made of eVent fabric and is actually aimed at mountain climbers. That said, we love it for cycling.

It’s waterproof of course, and has a ton of zipped pockets. The fabric is reassuringly thick and with a fleece or wool layer underneath, we’re confident that this jacket will be great in cold winter temperatures.

Perhaps our favourite feature is the hood. It’s made of a stiffened fabric that doesn’t budge an inch — even when biking straight into a head wind.

The eye-watering price tag is less pleasing. We shelled out just €100 at the outlet sale but the list price is closer to €500. Keep your eye out for clearance deals!

You might also have trouble getting ahold of it. We couldn’t find any shops that carry it online, aside from a few in New Zealand and Australia. We’ve asked MacPac for more details, and hopefully they’ll let us know if it’s available elsewhere, under another name perhaps?

Comments

  1. Harriet Pike
    14th September 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    E-Vent needs cleaning more than Gore-Tex because it doesn’t have a layer of PU protecting the inside. This makes it slightly more breathable but less durable. Having said that my E-Vent jacket seems to have worn at the same rate as Neil’s Gore-Tex ProShell jacket. Just make sure you wash it lots! H x

    • friedel
      15th September 2013 at 7:23 am #

      Good to know. Thanks Harriet!

  2. Emma
    18th September 2013 at 10:56 am #

    That looks like a great hood for sure!

    Most impressive feature about my older Endura eVent jacket is you can re-waterproof it using a warm iron. And we’ve only had to do that twice in 4 years of owning it. Remarkable!

  3. Andy Welch
    15th October 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Thanks for doing the review. I’ve been looking for such a coat myself. Its always a compromise riding in a coat, and I often opted for an Army poncho! However, not so good for going down the pub with your mates.

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