ASSOS MEN'S JACKETS/VESTS
Assos has a healthy skepticism for rain jackets. Simply put, the people in Switzerland believe that if you're riding hard in a light rain, chances are good that you'll overheat and get sweaty in a sealed rain jacket. Their solution is the sJ.climaSchutz Long Sleeve Shell. This is a light, thin, compactable shell that is wind-resistant, water-resistant, breathable, and possesses a little stretch for comfort.
You probably know of the Assos climaJet, a hugely popular rain shell, and the Assos luftSchutz, a super light wind shell. The climaSchutz sits between the two, and, in many situations, can replace both. Wear it on damp mornings, for long descents, when the rain arrives, or when you need an extra layer for the first or last hour of your ride.
Up front, you have a full zipper for simple donning and removal, and you'll use it for temperature regulation. On the sides and under the arms, there are breathable panels for venting vapor without exposing your body to the cold wind or rain. The jacket fits close, giving just the right amount of stretch. In back, there are pocket flaps on the left and right sides so you can access the pockets of the jersey underneath. The climaSchutz also possesses its own pocket where you can store a mobile electronic device, identification, or keys. The wrists are sealed with a neoprene-like material, giving both good stretch and an air-tight grip. The waist is snugged with elastic. The rear drops down to keep wet spray to a minimum. The material was specifically designed not to rustle in the wind.
As with all Assos tops, it's cut for riding. If you stand upright with the jacket fully zipped, the shoulders will feel narrow, the length short, and the arms long. Reach for the bars, however, and it will feel just right.
The Assos sJ.climaSchutz Long Sleeve Shell comes in Transparent White so your jersey and race number can be seen underneath. Sizes run from X-Small to TIR.