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Never settle.

It's easy to get wet on a ride and think "Oh well, that's just life," but it doesn't have to be. Sugoi's figured out how to balance weather protection, breathability, and ergonomics with its RSE NeoShell Men's Jacket, a super-tech softshell rain jacket that's made to defeat rain, banish sweat, and kick discomfort to the curb when you're putting in the inclement miles.

Traditional rain jackets are waterproof, but the standard design tends to be clammy and lack stretch, so you can feel like you're wrapped in a tarp. NeoShell, which was developed by Polartec, uses a top-secret construction to block water as effectively as a hard shell while maintaining dramatically increased breathability, so you don't stay dry on the outside but get soaked in sweat anyway. NeoShell is also highly stretchy, so you don't feel constricted like you do in a regular rain jacket or have to sacrifice water protection in favor of stretchy panels. Of course, Sugoi also cut the RSE with cycling-specific patterns, so it will fit well whether you're in the drops or riding upright.

The RSE's awesomeness doesn't end with the fabric and cut. Sugoi taped all the seams to ensure complete water resistance, and threw in hook-and-loop cuffs and a drawcord hem to provide a secure barrier against the elements. The fabric itself is finished with a DWR treatment, which encourages the water to bead and run off instead of soaking in. Three zippered pockets, two at the back and one at the chest, are designed to be used with gloves, and the front zipper is offset to prevent chin irritation (all the zippers are also taped to stop water creeping in.) Finally, reflective details help you stay seen in crummy weather, and the RSE's race fit won't flap or act like an airbrake when you're trying to put a soggy descent in your rearview mirror.

  • Polartec NeoShell with a DWR treatment
  • Fully taped seams
  • Race fit
  • Two zippered back pockets and one zippered chest pocket
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Drawcord hem
  • Reflective elements

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4 5

Great product but be careful

Size runs very small. 6'1 180lbs and the medium SHOULD have fit me. An XL would have been more appropriate.

The jacket itself was very impressive. Great quality and an awesome look/feel.

Not for warmth though, just wet conditions.

4 5

Great Waterproof Shell with One Issue

If you are looking for protection from prolonged downpours with the most breathability possible, Polartec's Neoshell is as good as it gets. There are plenty of hooded versions of Neoshell jackets out there. I already have a Westcomb Apoc which is just such a jacket and has become one of my favorites. Clearly though there are times when a hood is a major negative, even in a heavy downpour. Consider biking and running on the road or other athletic endeavors when you need to hear your surroundings with 100% clarity. Having seen my Westcomb Apoc wet onto portions of the inner liner via a very saturated open hood during a very wet day of competition recently, I was determined to find a similar Neoshell jacket without a hood.

Searching cycling and running jackets confirmed the Sugoi RSE and RSX as the only options. The form-fitting RSE has no hood while the looser-fitting RSX has a removable hood with velcro attachment tabs at the collar. I'm 6'-2", 180lb with a 33 waist. I tried a number of jackets:

RSE Neo L: far too tight, felt I could barely zip it up with nothing underneath.

RSE Neo XL: perfect fit as a form fitting jacket. Just for reference, a 10oz Marmot Quasar Down Jacket (Sweater style) will barely fit underneath but with arms too tight to be comfortable (not that I'd have any reason to try this anyway). Wearing only a light wicking layer underneath, everything feels great with one exception. When lifting the arms to horizontal, I've found the bottom of the jacket lifts more than desired and the shoulder area feels overly constricted. Despite this problem, nothing else on the market compares with this jacket so it is a keeper for me.

RSX Neo XL: after wearing the RSE, the RSX feels a bit like a trash bag but, in reality, it has a very same traditional loose but stylish fit of my Westcomb Apoc (L). Honestly I would have been tempted to keep it instead of the RSE as my all purpose rain shell if I didn't already own the Westcomb.

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No question Polartec Neoshell designs tend to lack the elasticity of some other fabrics (although they are more flexible than E-vent jackets I've tried). Accordingly, designing a form fitting jacket of 100% Neoshell suited for a full range of arm motion is certainly no easy task. While Sugoi definitely achieved a perfect athletic fit in my view around the body, the arm fit needs work. If nothing else even increasing the upper arm diameter would help reduce the tugging feeling from raised arms. Perhaps even a different more elastic material could be used directly under the arm where water resistance is not so important. How about a pit zip that I could open to lessen the tension under the arm? Even so, when I'm competing in heavy rain with the RSE as is, I suspect the slight tugging around my shoulders will be the last thing on my mind.

In summary, I really want this jacket to function well for winter athletic activities during downpours (particularly in worst case 50-60 degree temps) which eliminates my need to wear anything beyond a wicking layer underneath. The RSE won't be flapping around and will be my jacket of choice for these conditions despite the arm fit issue. I am already quite familiar with Neoshell and confident the RSE will prove itself to be the equal of the Westcomb Apoc without the hassle of the attached hood.

4 5

Best waterproof jacket I have

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I have used this several times in light rain and dry cold in the 20s.
Breaths well, I feel protected, , rear zippered pocket holds small items, small chest pocket alittle small and on the right side when it should be on the left for right hand access. Wish there were 2 chest pockets.
Athletic cut, size up.

5'-8", 38 chest, 31 waist puts me in the...

5'-8", 38 chest, 31 waist puts me in the small category with this jacket. from review on Bike Radar they indicated some limited room when stretching out in the drops position (which you would expect). does this jacket run to the small side or can I go with the chart? Any help is appreciated!

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The RSE Neoshell definitely runs a bit small as a race fit, sizing up is a good idea, awesome jacket!

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I am a 39 chest. I ordered a large which fits ok. Even that is about an inch too small. I prefer a more relaxed fit but this jacket is not designed that way.

2 5

Watch out for sizing

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Me: 38 chest, 31 waist. Medium says chart but M is too tight around shoulder and forearms. Which is funny given that I am nearly 6"2 and 162lb (not much shoulder width of forearm meat on that frame).

I tried the L as well but the room in the lower torso area area was just laughable: I could have fitted a third trimester belly in there.

Jacket "looks" waterproof but there are lots of panels and taped seams which make the jacket much more rigid than it ought to be with Polartec Neoshell. Reflective accents are very nice.

Summary: I *really* wanted to like this jacket but the cut needs some major improving upon. I found the BikeRadar review after trying this jacket and their comments are also that the cut is not adequate for a high end cycling jacket.

5 5

Waterproof AND breathable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the first partnership between outdoor giant Polartec and Sugoi to create the worlds FIRST truly waterproof and breathable cycling jacket. Incredibly lightweight AND packable into your back jersey pocket. I rode with this jacket for 2 days in Tahoe recently and it was perfect, no vents needed and still seam sealed. True race style fit, so if looking for a more loose fit make sure to size up, also great for nordic activity!