Some of us are lucky enough to be afforded time throughout the week to get in our base miles when the sun is still up, and while we think this is all well and good, we have a certain level of respect for those who don't let their busy dawn-to-dusk schedules hold them back from their miles. With that said, it takes a certain amount of courage, and preparation, to power through wet and dark miles for the sake of a workout, and we suggest taking whatever planning measures you can to be prepared, stay seen, and stay dry. Donning the 7mesh Rebellion Jacket makes a good start — its built to handle the near torrential downpours of the Pacific Northwest, while still offering a slim fit that doesn't get in the way of your pedal strokes and movements on the bike.
7Mesh starts the Rebellion Jacket off with 13D nylon Ripstop fabric that manages to be just as tough as it is light, holding up to snags with branches, and abrasion, while only scaling in at a minuscule 183-grams. Since night miles feature a critical challenge in the visibility department, the jacket comes in just two colors, a rich mallard blue, or if you want to amp your visibility factor, fluo yellow, and is packed with reflective accents at the cuff and at the dropped back hem for an added kick of brightness under headlights. A three-layer GORE-TEX Active membrane sits atop the fabric with two main goals in mind — to keep water out, and let sweat escape. It packs in stretchy durability, while holding up to the rain, and maintaining the breathability that we covet from GORE-TEX products. The Rebellion Jacket was built with rainy nights in mind, so its only natural that 7Mesh would add in all the bells and whistles to keep things dry, like fully sealed seams, a watertight zippered side pocket for your gadgets, watertight zippered cuffs at the wrists, and full-length watertight front zipper. But as much as keeping water out is important, it only really helps you out if sweat can escape as well, so the jacket is equipped with passthrough vents in the back that enable you to access your jersey pockets, and zippered vents at the wrists to allow cool air to usher sweat outward. Finally, the jersey is finished off with an elastic gripper at the hem to lock the fit in place, and a brushed collar that stays comfortable against your skin through the miles.
- A shining beacon of a jacket to embrace night training
- GORE-TEX Active 3-layer membrane keeps out water, but breathes
- 13D nylon Ripstop holds up to snags and abrasion
- Watertight zippers left and right seal out moisture
- Fully sealed seams prevent water from sneaking in
- Ample ventilation lets heat and sweat escape
- Brushed collar prevents irritation against skin
- Reflective accents at wrist and drop-tail hem amp up visibility
- Lightweight and packable for storing in your jersey pocket
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- Q & A
Worth every penny
- Fit: Runs large
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 190lbs
I'm beginning to turn into a 7Mesh shill and this jacket is one of the reasons. I, like most people I'm sure, was really hesitant to pull the trigger on this jacket due to the steep price. It helped a little that I own two other 7Mesh jackets, a jersey and bib. Every piece of clothing has exceeded expectations and this jacket was no exception. Outside of the awesome performance blocking out the wind and rain, 7Mesh also hammers the fine details such as the reflective bits, the nice elastic cuff that doesn't dig into you, the zippers to allow easy air flow, the soft collar that helps keep wind out when you're in the tucked position and the air vents work perfectly. I wore this on a hard morning ride and when I took it off, it wasn't hot and steamy in there like some other jackets I have.
Here is the lone con though. Like I said, this is actually my 3rd 7Mesh jacket. The other two fit me like a gem (size Large), I was swimming in the Rebellion. The sleeves were longer, the sleeves and shoulders were much roomier and the waist was loose on me. My other two 7Mesh jackets aren't like that and they are all the same size. Not sure if it's because they intend the Rebellion to work as an outer shell with multiple layers underneath? Sadly, I had to exchange this for a smaller size. I'm 6'2 190lbs and I haven't worn a medium since I was a kid.