MAAP Roam Jacket - Unisex review

Oozing in quality, exceptionally comfortable and brilliant in foul weather.

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(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Roam Jacket has a great deal to offer, both on and off the bike. The unisex cut means no gripes with fit, full freedom of movement on the bike and stacks of room for bulky layers underneath. A sleek, versatile design, along with technical fabrics, high quality construction and finishing all justify the price tag. You're sure to get as much use of it off the bike as you do on it.

Reasons to buy
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    Good performance in all conditions

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Reasons to avoid
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    Limited colour choices

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    Waterproofing could deteriorate over time

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MAAP’s MTA (MAAP Transit Apparel) range is squarely targeted at commuters and those wanting gear that blends in off the bike; clothing that doesn’t scream ‘cyclist’, but still performs technically.

Its usual focus on style, quality and sustainability is distinctly noticeable throughout the range. The Roam Jacket has a lot to offer in terms of technical fabrics and its performance impresses. On top of that, it’s one of the best made jackets I’ve had the pleasure of testing. For me, one of the more appealing features is the fact that it’s unisex. 

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.