Full Review: Giro Neo Rain Jacket
For me, versatility in clothing is priority No. 1. If someone can design a jacket that looks great going out to a nice dinner and can also double as a functional piece of gear for backcountry riding, then I’m all for it – even if the cost is high. This is exactly what the Giro Neo Rain Jacket is. At $350, it definitely isn’t a bargain garment, but time and again it’s the jacket I reach for.
Constructed from Polartec Neoshell fabric, the Neo Rain Jacket delivers outstanding breathability, ventilation, and yes, water resistance – something I discovered firsthand during a downpour. A giant back pocket lets you store a lot of riding gear including spare tubes and even a wind vest. The neck, sleeves and waistband all have a slightly grippy treatment to help keep unwanted moisture out, and the zipper is offset for more comfortable fit.
The Neo Rain Jacket along with the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down jacket and a Smart Wool long sleeve base layer was all the upper clothing I needed to get by on seven days of riding, even when lounging around in freezing temperatures. All three items pack down small while providing outstanding heat insulation. Four months after The Commute, whenever I pack a bag for an overnight trip, I bring the Neo and the Ghost Whisperer with me. They’ve become essential pieces of ride and post-ride clothing.
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