The 7Mesh Strategy is a very effective softshell jacket for colder conditions, but pays the price for trying to straddle both road and trail use.
If you’re not familiar with 7Mesh, it’s a Canadian company based in British Columbia, where it’s pretty cold and wet, and all of its founding members were formerly from renowned outdoors brand Arc’teryx. So while 7Mesh may be relative newcomers to the cycling scene having launched in 2014, they should know a thing or two about making clothing for inclement weather.
A decent softshell jacket can be a wonderful thing. A flexible yet hardwearing layer between you and the elements, it can make the difference between feeling unbeatable as wind is rebuffed and rain showers are kept at bay, and being defeated by a short downpour as you slowly get soggier and colder.