Assos Sturmprinz Rainshell Evo jacket review

Assos seemingly put a lot of effort into the Sturmprinz Rainshell Evo jacket and it certainly seems like it has paid off

Assos Sturmprinz Rainshell-Evo Jacket
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A high elastic collar with long cuffs and bum-guard complement the race-fit design nicely, meaning the shell doesn’t flap in the wind, while the breathable characteristics mean you won’t be rushing to take it off when the rain stops — just as well really, as the Evo jacket’s only downside is that it isn’t too pocket-friendly.

For
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    Race fit

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    Great water proofing

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    Breathable

Against
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    Price

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    Not foldable

There are two things that spring to mind when you think Assos: top performance and top prices.

Unfortunately for us, the former doesn’t usually come without the latter.

However, with the Evo you can probably forgive Assos for the price tag, as it is an exceptional piece of clothing. Initially developed for its in-house professional cycling team, the boffins behind the Swiss clothing brand produced the Sturmprinz as a money-no-object garment.

Assos created a new fabric called Triton. The design brief was simple: you should be able to race in this jacket with complete protection from the elements but without overheating — Triton is designed to allow skin to breathe and sweat to escape during intense exercise.

With three-hour rides in constant rain you’d expect some leakage or at least some retained moisture and yet, repeatedly, the Evo delivered on its promise.

Symon Lewis

Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.