RH+ adds some Italian flair to its rain shell
With precipitation very often a possibility in the UK, there’s always a call for a good packable. The RH+ Logo rain shell is one such jacket; its aim to provide windproofing and water resistance in a lighter weight package.
The Logo rain shell is made from a technical waterproof, breathable fabric and comes with fully taped seams, so it’s properly water resistant, rather than just being a windproof piece with shower resistance. It’s also breathable enough to be comfortable.
The main front and rear panels are made of non-stretch WD Gold rip-stop fabric. This feels robust and resilient. It copes well with general wear and tear. There are wide side panels which are made of a stretchy waterproof membrane fabric. These help to keep the Logo rain shell close fitting.
To help with ventilation, there’s a mesh panel under a flap at the top of the back, which also helps with airflow and comfort. But the RH+ Logo rainshell does get damp inside if you’re working hard.
Rain shells tend to forgo features in favour of lighter weight and packability and the Logo rain shell is no exception. Although you don’t get any pockets, there’s a zipper on the right side at the rear, so you can get at food and other items stored in your jersey pockets as you ride.
You get a high collar to help keep the wet out and the tail is dropped to fend off wheelspray. There’s also some pre-shaping to the sleeves, so that there’s a good fit when riding without bunching at the elbow.
RH+ fits a water resistant front zip to the Logo rain shell, as well as an internal storm flap with a top zip garage to stop the zipper from irritating your neck. There are reflective bands to up your visibility.
There’s also a large reflective RH+ logo on the rear right, so unlike many manufacturers’ garments, it’s on the correct side for UK riders. The RH+ logo at the cuff is on the left sleeve only though. I’d prefer to see some brighter colour options than black too, to up road presence.
The RH+ Logo rain shell is packable enough that it will just about fit into a jersey pocket if you decide not to wear it when you are riding, but it does bulge out quite a lot, so it’s a bit more obtrusive than some alternatives like the Gore Shakedry jacket.
The RH+ Logo rain jacket is a good option when things start to warm up a bit but the weather still looks iffy. But it’s quite pricy for a lightweight shell jacket and not as packable as some alternatives.