Lucky number 7.
On the 7th day, 7mesh industries said "let cyclists stay dry." And we did, thanks to the 7mesh Renegade Jacket. Designed to keep you dry on your day missions come rain or shine, the Renegade stands up to sudden downpours and crosswinds on barren and exposed roads with thanks to its durable seam-sealed construction backed up by GoreTex. The jacket uses an athletic cut that accommodates layers, and full jersey pockets, without adding much excess fabric, so you can maintain a streamlined fit that doesn't get caught in the wind on the road or mountain.
7mesh captures the quality that's we've grown to expect from the Squamish, BC based company once again in the Renegade, this time by implementing a GoreTex Active shell that claims complete waterproofing and breathability, with a membrane topping its nylon shell to keep water beading and rolling off. The seams are taped inside with 13mm seam tape to seal out any moisture that's trying to work its way in through the stitches, so you can face downpours with complete confidence. Keeping you dry on the outside is just step one, though, as time on the bike gets us sweating it's critical that we also have breathability, and thankfully we're covered for that, too. The GoreTex membrane is completely breathable and pulls sweat away from your skin, so you don't end up soggy and cold just an hour into your ride.
7mesh designs all of its pieces with the lucky number 7 in mind, 7 days, or 7 hours. The Renegade features their 7 hour fit, using Helix patterning to perform on the bike with maximum comfort when you're in the bars in your riding position. Extra volume in the lower back is designed to accommodate an inner jersey with full pockets, and lower back pass-through vents allow you to reach in and access your pockets without removing the jacket. One zippered, waterproof pocket offers storage for items that need to be secured, but you won't find a ton of bells and whistles on the Renegade. Instead it's designed for minimalism, only with features that benefit you on the bike, like reflective accents for low light, a high collar to keep wind out when you're down on the bars, a drop tail for extended coverage from wheel-spray, and mesh-backed moto-style cuffs that provide airflow while keeping sleeves secure.
- Stay dry on the wettest days with this lightweight jacket
- Minimalist design keeps things light and watertight
- GoreTex Active Shell cuts the wind and water
- Fully sealed seams don't let water sneak in
- Rear pass-through vents allow access to jersey pockets
- Water-tight zippers keep you and your gear dry
- Reflective accents illuminate under headlights for safe riding
- Item #SVN0018
- Q & A
Very good but not the best
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 182lbs
First, the jacket fit is OK, running true to size but slightly less racy/slim of a fit than I'd like. I am between sizes M and L at 6'0" and 180-185#, and bought the L for cool weather layers riding in the Seattle area all winter. I probably should have gone with size M.
The particular Goretex fabric used for this jacket is very good, but not the best I have tried in terms of breathability. I have a Neoshell-based Sugoi RSX that is still better: It's 100% waterproof for hours of steady rain, but just breathes better when the rain and humidity subsides a little to enable the membrane to let water vapor out. The 7Mesh is OK on breathability, but I still reach for the Neoshell jacket more often.