The L1 Sutton jacket is a vintage styled, high end jacket.
Fit style: Standard Fit
Wrist Gaiters: Yes
Seams: Fully Taped Seams
Features on the L1 Sutton (and what they mean):
- Vents – open the vents under the arm to get rid of heat on hot days, or when you are hiking.
- Powder skirt – lets you connect the inner skirt around your pants to stop snow blowing up there on powder days, or when you crash.
- Jacket to pants connection – little clips that let you hook the jacket to your pants so that it makes a good seal.
- Lycra wrist gaiters – the wrist gaiters have a nice seal that is soft and stretchy, so that your fingers come through, but it makes a seal so that snow can’t go up your arm.
- 2 way front zips – opens from the top or the bottom, but that is nothing special.
- Media/phone/iPod pocket with cable guide – a little inside pocket for your phone or iPod with a spot to put the earphone cable.
- Goggle pocket – a mesh pocket on the inside of the jacket that is big enough to easily fit goggles, it is mesh so it lets air flow through so if your goggles fog up, hopefully it can help get the fog away.
- Key clip – somewhere to clip your keys.
- Articulated arms – just made to fit a little better.
- Hem adjustment – lets you tighten the hem.
- Napoleon pocket
- Faux leather details – just the logo circles.
- Soft chin guard. – a little soft cover that stops the zip from hitting chin.
How it fits
I bought this in a size larger than I normally do, so I bought an XL rather than a L. Although I wouldn’t really say it has a slim cut, it definitely is not a huge square shape, even on at the bigger sizes it fits really nicely.
It is super comfortable, has room to add layers underneath if needed. There are lots of adjustments for the fit, from the hood, to the hem, even some little clips on the side if you want it to look a bit slimmer.
There are loads of pockets, I could never fill them all. The two lower front pockets are pretty big, there is lots of space for storing stuff on the front even before you get to the top front pockets.
There is a long flap section that covers the front zip, it looks like it has press studs that connect it, but it is just velcro. When you open up that flap, it gives you access to the media pocket from the outside, which is handy, so you can answer your phone or change songs without having to open the whole jacket.
The wrist gaiters are good, they make a nice seal and the lycra is stretchy and doesn’t cut into your hands at all.
The hood will fit over a helmet, but it is pretty tight and restricts your head movement a bit, so I didn’t use it over the helmet at all.
The waterproof rating of 10k is pretty good, and I had no problem riding with this in dry japanese powder, to rain. After riding in the rain for a while, the outside layer looked wet, it was darker but nothing got through to the inside.
I would recommend this jacket, and most L1 things in general, they are high quality and have a nice subtle style. It has lots of features, lots of pockets and gives you lots of protection in harsh weather while looking really good.
It isn’t particularly cheap, but it is worth it.
Side zipper on the front pocket
Stretchy wrist gaiters
The Sutton comes in 4 colors, black, warm grey, military and maroon.