When De Marchi set out to build the new Hard Shell Jacket, the main objective was to create a flexible outer shell that would provide optimal breathability, moisture control, and maximum protection from the elements. Aside from checking all of these boxes, the Hard Shell was also finished off with those small, but important, details that are never overlooked by De Marchi's talented design team.
For the construction of the Hard Shell Jacket, De Marchi used Schoeller's WB-formula fabric. This material uses what's known as C-Change, which is a wind and waterproof membrane that reacts to surrounding temperatures. It accomplishes this through a porous composition that effectively blocks the wind and rain when necessary, while simultaneously allowing water vapor to escape to the outside. The result is a flexible jacket that provides exceptional protection from the external elements, and it keeps you warm, dry, and comfortable on the inside.
The Hard Shell Jacket was also made to provide maximum freedom of movement while riding. Its anatomical fit was made possible by using pre-shaped fabric panels that closely follow the body while in motion. When sewn together, these panels form somewhat of a three dimensional shape on their own, mimicking the body before even reaching your shoulders. The result is a jacket that eliminates all unnecessary material, leading to the best fit possible.
De Marchi also spent considerable time focusing on the jacket's finishing details. You'll notice the jacket features a tall collar with snap closure and subtle drop-tail hem, both of which work to provide added coverage from the elements. A full-length zipper rounds out the front, and a two side-zip-access pockets line the rear.
The De Marchi Hard Shell Jacket - Men's is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the color Rifle/khaki.
De Marchi - The unsung hero of the cycling apparel world.
This Italian thoroughbred of thermal regulation is a nearly perfect weapon of choice for cold season riding. Fabric selection, killer fit, and minimalist styling are the loaded bases with this piece with competitive price delivering the grand-slam.
The Schoeller fabric works some serious "feel it to believe it" voodoo - retaining or dumping heat as needed throughout my ride. I'm rethinking how I layer for winter riding in Utah with this jacket; a solid base layer and the hardshell may be all I need on many days.
I'm 6'3 and 190 lbs, the XL proves to be a solid, tailored fit for me. I could probably wear a large in the body, but my long arms typically push me to XL to get the sleeve length I need. Styling definitely shares the stage with pieces from brands like Search & State, no beating you over the head with branding.
My sole complaint comes from the back pocket. Generously sized and accessible from either side of the back, the pocket would be perfect if I could get it open while wearing the jacket. The mesh that lines the pocket interior catches and jams the zippers frequently requiring that I remove the jacket completely to free the mechanism. I've docked a star for this unfortunate problem, but with a jersey underneath to carry whatever I need, it is hardly a deal breaker for me.
And while I'm convinced it's more for vanity than anything else, that snap collar is oh so good.
This is a nice winter jacket. It keeps the wind and water out, and seems to breath pretty well. But I've had some trouble with the zippers. The zippers on the rear pockets are difficult to open and close. And I've had trouble engaging the front zipper with cold hands, and the pull is too small to grasp while wearing gloves. The first time I wore the jacket I managed to snag the fabric on something and now there's a thread hanging out on front. So if you plan to wear this mountain biking you might end up with unsightly snags if you ride through branches and briars. It would be nice to have a breast pocket, but I can live without it. But for the price, I'd like to have more functional zips and perhaps more durable fabric. Having said that I'm not unhappy.