Q36.5 R Shell Protection Waterproof Jacket : Black

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The Q36.5 R. Shell Protection is an ultra-lightweight windproof and weather protection layer for high-intensity rides. It does this and this alone, impeccably. 

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Season : AW17
Code : Q365065
Weight : 0.5KG

We've all got - or had - a shell layer for stuffing into a back pocket in case of a sudden downpour, or for changeable conditions that a full-on jacket is likely too much for. It is likely too, that those of us who have used them have at some point cursed them for being either useless at actually keeping the rain off or for being boil-in-the-bag hot and sweaty. I for one gave up a long time ago, if it might rain on a ride I risk it, it's preferable to overheating in a 'bin-bag'.

The Q36.5 R. Shell Protection jacket is a very particular product. It is designed to do one thing and one thing only and is aimed at the rider who wishes to protect themselves against the elements whilst still riding at a relatively high intensity;  a tough club run, training or indeed racing.

By their very nature, Shell jackets are designed to be light and stowable but in most cases this comes at the expense of efficacy, either in stopping water getting in or letting water vapour and sweat out. The R Shell is immediately striking because it is extraordinarily lightweight. Weighing less than the jersey it is likely to shroud, the Q36.5 R Shell Protection tips the scales at just 140g and it is created in the spirit of the very first cycling gilets. Not only is the R Shell completely windproof, it is also a rain jacket which can accompany you on every ride at a minimal weight expense. Perfect for the British weather, it also lends itself exceptionally well to mountainous terrain and changes in altitude which can yield varied and rapidly changeable conditions; consequently it is the ideal companion for cyclists who like to travel, taking in various European climbs and fondos.

As with most things Q36.5, it is the unique approach to materials selection and garment construction coupled with a specific design goal that allows the company to pull off little clothing miracles one after the other. The R Shell Protection is a case in point.  It is constructed from an essentialist proprietary layered fabric. The outer layer, like that of the R.Insulation jacket, is an extremely compact and high-density polyamide weave. Densley woven polyamide, when woven in the correct way, has startling waterproofness - far better than the likes of treated fabrics commonly found in similar garments - whilst having twice the breathability and moisture managing properties.

The key element in the fabric layers is an avant-garde Japanese hydrophilic membrane with extremely high-breathability (RET value of 5) and 18,000 mm/l waterproof rating. Q36.5 favour the use of hydrophilic (water-loving) over hydrophobic membranes (such as Goretex™), as they best allow for the body to transpire and remain dry whilst maintaining an optimal body temperature during activity. The hydrophilic membrane offers the most suitable combination between thermal insulation, vapour permeability and waterproofness for high intensity cycling in cold and wet weather and when coupled with the density of polyamide outer weave yields incredible waterproofness for such a low weight. It is this combination of elements that allow Q36.5 to create a super low-weight shell that still breathes like a jersey and protects against the rain like a waterproof jacket.

Every weak point of the traditional rain jacket's panel structure has been addressed; the collar is hermetically sealed through a generous ergonomic shape as well as the introduction of a second internal collar. All seams that compromise waterproofing, have been moved to the least exposed parts of the jacket; wrist cuffs are elasticated for a snug, weatherproof fit whilst access to the jersey pockets is facilitated by two subtle slits in the back.

The R. Shell Protection jacket is not in itself a versatile piece (If you are looking for all-day protection for foul weather conditions see the R. Insulation Jacket); it is designed to protect the high intensity rider from sudden flashes of foul weather with the least amount of weight and volume, nothing else. It does this perfectly. It weighs less than your jersey and you won't even notice it in your back pocket. You take it on every ride. 

The R Shell Protection features a 3mm Camlock reflective zip for secure fastening and subtle safety. It is finished in black with Q36.5's signature green detailing for a modern, classy finish.

Whilst there will be those that sniff at the cost of such a jacket it must be viewed in context: if you spend £60-80 on a shell that you rarely wear because it doesn't cut it - then that is a waste of money. If you spend significantly more and you actually use it because it performs properly and helps you get the most from your riding then that - surely - is an investment. 

Description by Owner, Dave Words by Dave
Look like a Pro, Act like a Pro, Ride like a Pro.

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