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GripGrab RainMaster Waterproof Lightweight Jacket



Great waterproofing and well designed, as long as you like black
Great weatherproofing
Cuff shape is well designed
Tall neck stops draughts
Only available in black

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Being light, breathable, waterproof and packable means the GripGrab RainMaster Waterproof Lightweight Jacket covers all the attributes required for poor weather protection, making it a useful winter wardrobe staple. The problem is, winter days are often dull and gloomy, so the lack of bright colours is a bit of an oversight.

For more – and brighter – options, check out our guides to the best winter cycling jackets and the best waterproof cycling jackets.

> Buy now: GripGrab RainMaster Waterproof Lightweight Jacket for £159.95 from GripGrab

A quality waterproof jacket is one of those essential items in your cycle clothing repertoire, especially a lightweight one like this GripGrab, which can be used as part of a layering system or folded down and stuffed in a rear jersey pocket for those days when you just don't know what the weather is going to do.

From my experience, decent waterproof jackets you can rely on to keep you dry in heavy rain need a hydrostatic head rating of at least 10,000mm, and the RainMaster is rated to 15,000mm.

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In real world terms, the longest ride I achieved in the rain was just over three hours and the GripGrab delivered exactly what was asked of it. It wasn't heavy rain for the entire ride, with the intensity changing throughout, but the membrane and fully taped seams did their job of keeping the water out.

The high neck helps as it reduces the risk of water being able to drip or blow in, while the angled cuffs are the perfect shape for keeping the tops of your wrists covered, and the shorter bottom section means there is no fabric to get in the way between your palm and the handlebar.

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The RainMaster is also impressive against the wind, so you'll get plenty of use out of it on those dry, blowy days as well.

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Breathability is decent for this kind of jacket, too. It's rated at 40,000g/m2/24hr, and I found that for riding at a steady average pace I remained dry and warm inside. Push things a bit on the climbs and moisture will build up; there's no getting away from that really – when the waterproofing is this good, you have to compromise a bit with perspiration management.

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There are no armpit vents, but if you pop the zip down a touch you'll soon cool down and dry out.

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Speaking of the zip, it's a two-way design that allows you to undo the jacket from the bottom, so you can gain access to your rear pockets without fully opening the jacket.

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The sizing is spot on with GripGrab's guide, and I'd say realistic to the UK market, too. You get a close fit here without it being tight, so you don't need to be super lean to get away with wearing it.

The tail is dropped a little lower than the front for coverage when leaning forward in the saddle, but it's not as low as some, like the Galibier Tourmalet 4 Jacket, which will provide more protection if you ride on wet roads without mudguards.

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The main downside with the RainMaster is the lack of colour options. I don't have a massive downer on black garments – if it's really gloomy then I'm happy to just run some sort of flashing lights to get noticed instead – but for many riders the option of something brighter is a must. It does have reflective details on the back and sleeves, but it's not the most visible.

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Otherwise, the GripGrab is very well made, with neat stitching throughout, and the seams and material all seem durable and finished to a high level, as you'd expect for the price – although at £159.95 it isn't that extreme.

Velocio's Ultralight Rain Jacket shares many of the same attributes and costs over £280 (though currently discounted to £211). Albion's All Road Pertex Shield Rain jacket is £195 and does come with a higher waterproof rating of 20,000mm, but it only has half the breathability rating of the GripGrab.

The Galibier jacket I mentioned earlier, though, is just £83.22 and comes with a 20,000mm rating for waterproofing and a breathability.


If black being the only option doesn't bother you then I'd recommend the GripGrab. It has great waterproofing and is really well made. In fact there isn't really anything else to complain about, except that you can get jackets that do a similar job for less.


Great waterproofing and well designed, as long as you like black test report

Make and model: GripGrab RainMaster Waterproof Lightweight Jacket

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the jacket is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

GripGrab says, "The GripGrab Lightweight Waterproof Jacket is your featherweight shield against the elements: it packs up small enough to be stashed in a jersey pocket, but it offers you a complete shield against wind and rain."

It's a good performer, but some brighter colour options would be good.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?

GripGrab lists:

1. Waterproof Lightweight protection – 15K (15,000mm) waterproof and windproof fabric with fully taped seams protects you against downpours and windchill

2. Extremely breathable – Lightweight 40K (40,000 g/m2/24h) breathable fabric allows perspiration to escape from within, enabling all-season use

3. Seal out the elements – Close-fitting cuffs and a high cut mesh-lined collar help to seal out wind and rain

4. Two-way YKK® Vislon AquaGuard zip – Allows you to regulate airflow and access jersey pockets beneath, without needing to take off the jacket

5. Reflective details – Enhance your visibility to other road users in low light conditions

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How easy is the jacket to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No issues with being washed, and the waterproofing hasn't been affected.

Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Good waterproof rating, and more breathable than most.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket

Cuff shape is a good design.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket

No bright colour options.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market including ones recently tested on

It is cheaper than the two mentioned in the review by quite a bit, but the Galibier undercuts it by nearly 50%.

Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes

Would you consider buying the jacket? Possibly

Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes

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It's very good: it performs very well and is good quality, with just the lack of bright colours limiting the appeal. It's not as good value as the Galibier, but few jackets are.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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