Assos Equipe RS Johdah S9 Targa Winter Jacket review - can it possibly justify the $725 / £610 price tag?

Warm, versatile, lightweight and incredibly expensive, well it is Assos

Image shows a rider wearing the Assos Equipe RS Johdah S9 Targa Winter Jacket
(Image credit: Owen Rogers)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Any winter jacket that can be worn with the same single under layer over a spread of at least 8 degrees Celsius is a great jacket. Warm and versatile it’s more lightweight than any comparable item I’ve used. With legendary build quality, its reflective shoulder flashes, rear gripper and its sturdy zipper, it the Johdah possesses the detail we’re used to from Assos. But is black the best colour for dark winter months? And I like the shoulder vents on warmer rides, but near zero they’re less useful.

Reasons to buy
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    Peerless build quality

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    Attention to detail with huge pockets and reflectors

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    Excellent insulation but also lightweight

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    Usable in a range of temperature adding versatility

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    Vents to aid cooling on warmer rides

Reasons to avoid
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    Huge price tag

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    Only available in black

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    Vents cannot be sealed for colder rides

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The winter jacket is a conundrum for many manufacturers: how to make a jacket light enough for comfort and versatile enough for a wide variety of temperatures.

Assos describes the Johdah as its ultimate second skin winter jacket, suitable for all but the coldest rides, but, to ensure that versatility, pitch it as part of a layering system to go with their Equipe RS Winter mid layer ($169 / £130) or Equipe RS Alleycat Clima Capsule ($265 / £220).

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