Best in test ION SCRUB AMP

ION’s Waterbomb_Proof 4-way_stretch fabric is a revelation. Soft and quiet when riding, the jacket features 20,000 mm waterproof and 20,000 g/m2 breathability rated 3-layer panels throughout, with fully taped seams. The ‘self-adjusting’ hood is very clever, elasticated panels snug it to your head without a helmet, but it also has plenty of room to throw over a helmet should the heavens open. A very large chest pocket is great for goggles or a map, with plenty of room for a phone. The team loved the soft inner of the jacket, which feels more like a wool jumper than a stiff and crinkly membrane. This boosts comfort if you’re riding in short sleeves and doesn’t seem to add anything to the weight. We found the waterproof properties exceptional, after frequent soakings it lost some of its protection, but this returned quickly with a treatment of aftermarket DWR spray.

Breathability was very good but the simple press stud vents under the arms do not have the same cooling quality as a forward facing mesh vent. Despite that, even on warm rides, the soft fabric never felt clammy. The fit is comfortable and not too tight so works well as a casual jacket too should your ride continue off the trails. As an allrounder the ION SCRUB AMP is unmatched, minimalist but fully featured with a good pack size, and certainly the most popular with our test team.

The ION SCRUB AMP jacket is a great year-round jacket with enough protection if you get caught in a heavy downpour. The knitted fabric is a revelation, certainly the most comfortable jacket on test and the jacket is a worthy winner of the Best In Test award.

Weight: 410 g
Price: € 249.99


About the author

Trev Worsey

Trevor loves adventure. Whisky, riding his bike and everything in between. Though he was born in England, he believes he should have been Scottish. Besides being accustomed to bad weather he's a specialist when it comes to steep and demanding trails. Once, he was in love with competition and raced in the early years of the EWS, but now, at 41-years-old, he no longer has anything to prove. Nonetheless, demonstrating that you can teach an old dog new tricks, he continues to hold his own against the wild and fearless youth. As a reminder of his new role as a father, the words “Think about Brook." (his son) are inscribed on his top tube as a gentle warning against unruly riding. Together with his young family and two crazy dogs, you will almost always find him outdoors. Whether it's teaching Brook to ride trails, hammering out gravel loops, surfing, skiing or canoeing, he’ll be there no matter the weather, like a true Scotsman.