Strike the perfect balance.
Balance on the bike is important. We not talking about not falling over — though that's key, too — but about achieving the perfect balance of weather protection, temperature regulation, and mobility. Louis Garneau's Neoshell Men's Jacket is designed to help you find that elusive equilibrium, with fabric that's equally waterproof and breathable, a cut that's mobile but slim, and details that account for almost every weather contingency.
Louis Garneau constructed the Neoshell Jacket from Polartec Neoshell, a softshell fabric that repels water while maintaining excellent breathability, so you stay dry from the inside and outside. LG also incorporates stretchy and waterproof Extenz panels in key places to increase mobility. All the seams are finished with waterproof tape for extra protection, and the front, pockets, and vents are all outfitted with waterproof zippers to ensure complete protection. The zipper is also lined with a lightweight flap to seal out the wind and finished with a soft garage and collar top to prevent chin irritation.
Of course, the best fabrics in the world won't be very useful if they haven't been cut correctly. In the best cycling tradition, LG designed the Neoshell with a slim, saddle-friendly fit and a dropped back hem for full coverage when you're bent over the bars. A small band of silicone at the hem prevents it riding up, and articulated elbows and hook-and-loop cuffs allow uninhibited mobility without exposing your wrists to the elements. There are also two front vents to boost cooling, reflective details for increased visibility, and two zippered pockets for safekeeping of cash, cards, and snacks when you're on the road.
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- Q & A
Waterproof and somewhat breathable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have worn this consistently, in temperatures ranging between 10 and 45F. At the low end of that, I wore it over a jersey and a mid layer, and at the high end, with just a long-sleeved jersey. It's windproof and waterproof, and it breaths better than some of my previous jackets, due to some combination of the fabric and the vents. I found that when I do sweat in it, it dries quickly, which is something I have not observed before in waterproof clothing. I hope to use it to replace my old windbreaker and rain jacket year round.
A couple complaints:
The rear pocket is higher than I would like, so it is awkward to bend around and unzip it to pull something out. This may be less of an issue with a larger size, but I like my cycling clothing to be form-fitting, and even a small is large enough to wear over inner layers.
The sleeves are also difficult to securely wear over waterproof, lined winter gloves. The velcro does a fine job securing the wrists, but the sleeve within the wrists could have a bit more space.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was skeptical at first that this jacket could perform in a variety of temps, but have worn it on rides ranging from 40-60F (road and gravel) and am amazed at how well it both protects against the elements and keeps me warm.