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Description

Exceptional breathable waterproof protection.

Developed to protect cyclists from the daily deluges of their coastal British Columbia headquarters, the design gurus at Sugoi developed the Sugoi RSX NeoShell Men's Jacket to keep rain and outside moisture from dampening your core without soaking you in perspiration during heavy aerobic activity.

What makes the RSX NeoShell stand out from other waterproof-breathable jackets is its Polartec Neoshell membrane, which is actually air permeable. Polartec Neoshell relies on much lower levels of internal pressure exchange than standard waterproof-breathable membranes, increasing the amount of water vapor transported through its sub-micron membrane. Ultimately, this speeds-up evaporation of perspiration, all while blocking outside moisture and 99.9% of wind from working inside and chilling your core.

Unlike many breathable softshells, the Polartec Neoshell features an admirable 10k waterproof rating, courtesy of its Polartec Neoshell membrane, moisture-shedding DWR treatment, and fully taped seams. Its detachable hood conveniently stows within a rear pocket, allowing you to customize your coverage during quick-changing conditions. Hook-and-loop cuffs and a drawcord-closure, drop-tail rear hem keep outside moisture and trail spray from seeping inside. Other features include a handy zippered chest pocket for storing trail snacks and accessories, as well as reflective elements for enhanced visibility at night.

  • Polartec Neoshell with DWR treatment (10k/10k)
  • Fully taped seams
  • Detachable hood stows in rear pocket
  • Drop-tail hem with drawcord adjustment
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Reflective elements

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5 5

Sets a new standard in outerwear

As someone who has developed, lab tested and worked at leading WPB fabric suppliers form very twenty years, my view comes from them world of comparing performance fabrics in lab and field. Although I have no affiliations with Polartec, I conclude their Neoshell is best-in-class, followed somewhat closely by eVent and Gore WindStopper, although the latter not quite being rainwear.

After usin XC skiing and cycling, confirmed the wide comfort range afforded by the neoshell fabric, having been described more like a screendoor than a wooden door in effect. You can push the limits more, ride in higher temperatures and come indoors all without having to shed the jacket. It is less distracting and needing less fiddling/adjusting throughout an event, key in cycling. Heavy sweaters will still sweat and feel hot but maybe not as much and best stay (in non raining conditions) with more air permeable outerwear like non-laminate softshell with noticable air flow to further increase heat and humidity transport out of the microclimate inside jacket.

Waterproofness: not tested enough here in dry Colorado. Other reports have dinged Neoshell on durability of WP, but that might be much less an issue in cycling where abrasion and rough handling are largely absent, unless one is over stuffing in packs on daily basis. I do have some concerns with seam tape integrity. A clue is the large number of cross-over seal patches on key stress areas where tape intersects. This says "bitch to tape." Just looking at the denser (but very nice) jersey knit backing suggests much narrow "window" in production in seam sealing. The factory better be good and do a lot of QC check. (Been in that situation myself)". But that is what comes with pushing limits on new materials. Still, this laminate represents possible the most advanced WPB around, even beyond Gore-Tex, but noting the latter is king of durability whish is why backpackers an mountaineers mainly choose it.

Design: This jacket shows a lot of thought and design investment. I think the Sugoi team did a marvelous job in fit, features, ample reflective (not being cheapskates) and detachable hood to extend use into casual and backcountry use like skiing where sweat rates get very high. The red is a perfect shade for visibility while still not being pigeonholed into "cycle geek only wear." The looser fit of the RSX was ideal for my multifunction use. But the3L construction does not flap anywhere near as much as ultralight shells. Ultralight stuff often is a compromise I find, unless pure pack volume is the overwhelming need. Pure roadies might prefer the tighter race fit of the RSE but it will limit other user. I am 5'10" 170 lbs and liked the slightly loose fit of the Large RSX.

Bottom line: if you want your cycling experience to be the best in terms of comfort that largely eliminates a lot of distraction from overy humid, sweat accumulating rides, look at this best-in-class Jacket as an investment. Heck, you invest thousands to get that experience with th hardgoods (carbon bike), think the same with softgoods like this tech jacket.

5 5

RSX sizing a good compromise

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

A sizing comment since this seems to be a questionable area with Suroi's RSX and RSE jackets: Just received the size L and it fits my 6'0" 182# frame perfectly as a compromise between super racy fit (like the RSE) and too baggy (most cycling rain jackets). Wearing a thin fleece long sleeve jersey underneath, there is just enough room that I don't feel pulling and binding, but it's also not flapping around either. Seems like a perfect compromise shape/size for winter riding in rain and moderate cold around Seattle where I live. No comment yet on performance of the fabric.

3 5

pockets were a deal breaker for me

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It's a shame because almost everything about this jacket is superb. But the pockets just did not work for me. The side pockets extend toward your back instead of toward the front. If you are in a forward leaning riding position you are liable to have your pocket contents come falling out if you unzip them. In addition to that the size of the pockets weren't very generous.

If that is not important to you, then disregard. This jacket is excellent.

5 5

Waterproof/Breathable MTB Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Difference in the RSX from the RSE is a little more of a loose fit, made specifically for MTB with a nice drop tail as well as a velcro removable hood and purposely placed off set pockets to stay out of the way of hydration packs, great for any day on the trail.

Worlds most breathable AND Waterproof

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