When the weather is howling, one jacket that’ll have no problem coping with the worst of the wind and rain is the Assos Equipe RS Schlosshund. Designed for training and racing, it’s lightweight, waterproof, breathable and stacked with clever features.
The race-cut, which favours the classic sinewy cyclist, feels good in the cycling position with ample length in the arms and body. The panel design and stretch in the fabric provide a good fit – although the Equipe RS fitted me well, others might want to consider sizing up
Arguably, the drop-tail rear could be longer but it stops most road spray and a silicone-lined hem holds it in place. Meanwhile, sealing around the tall collar and a zip garage work equally well. The cuffs use neoprene inserts to seal the wrists and slide easily under winter gloves.
The three-layer Schloss Tex fabric, developed in conjunction with the former BMC professional road team, features a hydrophilic membrane and a durable water-repellent treatment. When combined with taped seams and a waterproof front zip, it does a superb job, and kept me dry on long, very wet rides.
Equally impressive is the breathability of the Equipe RS. Assos says it has a rating of 27,100g/m2/24h and I had no complaints, even when pushing myself to the limit on damp days. The front zip can be adjusted both top and bottom for added ventilation, and the large zip-pull tags make life easy on the fly, especially with gloved hands.
Rather than pockets, Assos offers two rear flaps that allow you to access your jersey inside. It’s a simple idea that works well without any water penetration. These also double as vents when working hard.
The Equipe feels more substantial than its 155g weight would suggest and it’s truly impressive in wet conditions. It’s not the smallest packing waterproof but easily rolls up to fit in a jersey pocket.
This rain jacket is up there with the best when it comes to all-weather protection, leaving you dry on the inside and comfortable on the bike, but quality this good doesn’t come cheap.