When 7mesh Industries set out to bring cycling clothing on par with the rest of the outdoor industry's technology, the Revelation Jacket must have been what the Squamish-based manufacturer had in mind. It borrows Gore-Tex Pro, one of the most advanced materials that we've seen on gear suited for defending against the cold and the wet, and marries it to a fit articulated to accommodate an athletic body in the saddle or while on foot. The Revelation is an epiphany for inclement weather, the only shell you'll need to pack for any trip ranging from seven hours to seven days.
The Revelation's key feature is Gore-Tex's Pro three-layer membrane. 7mesh bills it as the most ruggedly weather resistant material in its line, and Gore itself positions this stuff at snowy summits on extreme alpine boot-packing adventures. It's literally windproof and virtually waterproof, but still strikes a balance between elemental protection and breathability that benefits the active user who's trying to stay dry and warm in unforgiving conditions. The seams are taped (8 millimeters), the hand pockets and side and forearm vents feature watertight zippers, and the collar and chin guard present a soft face to your skin, so you can batten down all the hatches in order to preserve the gains made by the Pro membrane.
Gore's legendary expertise with weather-resistant membranes takes the lion's share of credit for maintaining breathability, but the Micro Grid Backer lining incorporated in the Revelation also deserves credit. It's soft and — of course — breathable, helping the jacket achieve a Ret breathability rating of <6. This puts it at the top of the scale, breathability-wise, and means it transitions between work and rest cycles without suffocating your body or turning your microclimate into a steamy sauna or clammy swamp. If you're on a multi-day adventure, the Revelation will keep you comfortable while grinding up to the snowline and when you stop for an alpine photo op on a windswept plateau or chilly descent through damp undergrowth.
Finally, 7mesh isn't immune to considerations of style, and the Revelation Jacket takes the less-is-more approach to looking good in bad weather. The only embellishments that interrupt its clean look are reflective highlights that help keep you visible in low-light conditions. When the sun, temperature, and rain are all falling at the same time, the Revelation's fit allows for thermal layering. The jacket is finished with hook-and-loop cuffs and literally capped with a removable hood whose low profile lets it nestle unobtrusively beneath your helmet.