Hard on the weather, soft on you.
When it comes to outerwear, cyclists have traditionally had two choices—enjoy the stretch and ventilation of a thermal jersey and risk rain penetration, or opt for the superior waterproof properties of a rain jacket and risk clamminess and a limited range of motion. Sugoi's RSE NeoShell Men's Jacket combines the best properties of both by being waterproof, flexible, and breathable to tackle all of the conundrums presented by inclement weather.
Polartec NeoShell is marketed as the world's most breathable softshell, courtesy of its micro-pore fabric, but that doesn't mean that it won't keep you bone dry. In addition to a waterproof polyurethane finish, the hardface fabric sheds water as efficiently as a classic hardshell, but offers far more stretch and mobility than standard laminated constructions. Nylon panels at the front of the RSE help block wind, so you don't freeze, and they work with the polyester back to wick vapor away from your skin before it condenses into clammy water. Staying dry equals staying warm, which means the RSE is a more effective cold-weather layer than its weight and thickness might initially indicate.
Of course, a cycling shell is only as good as its details, so Sugoi loaded the RSE up with all the essentials. The high contoured collar and asymmetrical front zipper seal in heat without irritating your chin and neck, and the zippered back pockets include a media port for easy cable routing for your headphones or radio. A significantly lower back hem provides full coverage when you're in an aggressive riding position, hook-and-loop cuff closures seal out water and drafts, and plenty of reflective details help you make it home safely in the evening.
- A weather-resistant cycling jacket that keeps you training
- Wind- and water-repellent properties prevent trainer days
- Maintains breathability to prevent clammy chill
- Well-vented back regulates internal temperature
- Collar, hem, and cuffs built to maintain coverage
- Reflective details catch light beneath overcast skies
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: large
got this direct from sugoi during a black friday sale as well as the zap jacket. honestly i dont use them a whole lot. chicago winters are cold and zwift makes a turbo pretty fun. that being said ive had it on a handful of times while out in the brisk temperatures of late fall. personally i overheat easily, so i tend to keep it unzipped a bit. the zippers offset so its more comfortable, the jacket fits snug so you warm up faster then wearing a giant jacket that has a ton of room. that being said if youre intending to layer up for a blizzard perhaps a size up wouldnt hurt. ive got a large, and it fits well for me at 5'7 180 with a baselayer and a long sleeve jersey underneath without being tight or restrictive. waterproof and windproof it is and ive tested it both in light sprinkles and directly under a faucet to test the seams as well. chest pocket has a hole on the inside for headphones but dont expect your new large smart phone to fit inside it. i typically just stash an innertube or a few gels there and even an innertube is tight. overall its a jacket designed to be snug, water and wind proof, velcro cuffs, and a fit designed to be in the riding position and it does those jobs well. id use my zap for more casual rides or city ventures in low light and my neoshell while riding quicker or in colder weather.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
Really nice jacket with great features and styling, but my very fit husband, normally size large, couldn't get the two sides to meet in the front, and the arms were so tight it was hard for him to bend them. Not sure if even an XL would be big enough.