Specialized just released a new jacket into their SWAT (Storage Water Air Tools) apparel line. Dubbed the Deflect, it’s an ultra minimalist shell that’s wind and water resistant. As the cooler weather approaches, I’ve snuck it into my morning routine for a few rides. Since these rides have occurred in California, where unfortunately we still haven’t gotten any rain (!), I can’t speak for its water resistance, though Specialized makes no grand claims in that regard anyway. Rather, it’s meant to be stashed away easily and it is largely aimed at cutting wind and dealing with light moisture.
Six sizes: XS – XXL
2 colors: Black, Oak Green
148 grams – men’s large
Pertex Nylon with DWR treatment
Wind and water resistant
Stowage designed with SWAT downtube in mind
Abrasion panels at the elbows
Under helmet hood...