• Gender: Unisex
  • MSRP: $170

Bear with us here as we split a few hairs: The 7Mesh Resistance vest isn’t quite like most vests. It is packable, lightweight, like any good vest, but when a ride turns rainy, or it’s a bit colder than expected, the Resistance is a little more, well, resistant.

7Mesh employs a Gore Windstopper Active Shell front and rear to afford this greater degree of water resistance, plus the commensurate windproof qualities any vest should have. These panels are paired with more stretchy material on the sides, joined by seam tape, which aids water resistance and reduces weight.

The Resistance’s fit is fairly sleek, although perhaps not as snug as a vest for pure roadies, like Velocio’s wind vest, which was our favorite in a test of four pieces in the October issue of VeloNews. We appreciated the more relaxed fit, as it felt equally at home on mountain bike rides as it did on the road.

Aside from a small zipper pocket on the right hip, 7Mesh went minimalist, avoiding any rear pockets to make the Resistance light at 88 grams and very packable.

Priced at $170, the 7Mesh vest is on par with Velocio’s, and slightly less expensive than a $185 Rapha Gilet. Though it isn’t quite as well-vented as those competitors, the Resistance affords a bit more waterproofing.

Naturally, 7Mesh is based in often-rainy Vancouver. If you live somewhere like that, this would be a great addition to the wardrobe. If your hometown is rather dry, perhaps not.