Firstly, I really love this jacket and would definitely recommend it. The build quality is top notch and I love how breathable it is but yet does a really nice job on the decent sun blocking out the wind. It’s perfect for changing conditions. The only downside for me is that it does not have rear pockets. With a jacket like this I would love to just use it with a short sleeve or long sleeve base layer but this is really not possible since nearly all base layers don’t have pockets and the jacket doesn’t have pockets I have no wear to store my extra gear. As a result I need to wear one of my long sleeve jerseys with a pocket which in certain situations is just not as efficient as having a simple base layer. Even with this slight limitation, this is still my go to gear!
I've worn this jacket three times now and got caught in the rain twice; last weekend put it through the wringer in a 70-mile ride in 40 degree weather with on-and-off freezing rain, wind, and one heavy downpour. I was suspicious at first, because it really does look like the fabric wets out (gets a lot darker and wet-looking) but NO, after five hours I was totally dry underneath, just a little damp from sweat. Wore it with nothing but an Icebreaker merino longsleeve underneath and was toasty warm the whole ride. I was debating between this and a Gore ShakeDry jacket but I'm glad I went for this. I'll definitely wear this on dry, cold days. I'm a woman, so the sizing isn't going to be perfect, but the Small is roomy enough for a LS jersey underneath. I'm usually an XS in men's stuff at 5'7" 135lbs w/wide shoulders. The sleeves are definitely long, and I'm going to have to get the waist tailored in. I dig the two-way zip, but wish the back pocket zip pull was just a little more hefty. Trying to grab it with gloves on is close to impossible. It would be great to see a women's version in lighter colors too! Also just curious how quickly the material would get damaged if you wear a backpack or bag over the top?
First ride with the Magic Shell was a dry one. But it was quite cold. Wind was blowing 13 mph. Temperature was 40 but it really felt like 34(so says the weather channel). Paired with a winter base layer (company which will remain unnamed) I was more than warm. Rode 25 miles and and broke a sweat. Second ride, had a light drizzle. I was about 3 miles out from home and I was dry that whole time. Magic does exist, if you look for it in the right places!!!