Reviewed: Cutter Cyclical Shell

Cutter Cycical

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but finding a jacket to keep me warm and dry would be delightful, and if you have Cutter's Cyclical Shell don't ya know, then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Enough with the Christmas cheer...now on with the review.

Overview

Like you, I try my best to strap on the gear and head out in the winter for a nice ride. Using last year's wet winter as my gauge here in Colorado, I wanted to be a little more prepared this winter. And in the end, it came down to two jackets; the Gore Fusion Jacket, and the eventual winner, the Cutter Cyclical Shell. What follows is my justification for choosing the Cutter product.

To be honest, I hadn't heard much about Cutter as a company, so I did some digging.
Named after the "Cutters" underdog team in Breaking Away, the company's mission states, "The crew at Cutter doesn’t care where or how you pedal—they just wanna make it way more funnerer."
Making everything from apparel, to hard-goods, the company seeks the urban, hipster-commuter as its primary target maket. If you are familiar with the likes of Swobo, or Chrome from Cali, then Cutter will look all-to familiar.

What We Liked

When comparing the Cutter Cyclical Shell with the Gore Fusion, one would ask if this is a true Apples to Apples comparison? Fair question. At first blush, they seem to posses a few of the same physical characteristics. Each have a slim fit, Napoleon style pocket, seam-taped zippers, and pedal specific geometry and cut. The Gore Fusion is made up of--you guessed it, Gore-Tex. The Cutter Cyclical is made up of eVent fabric. Both fabrics hold rights to being the superior moisture transfer material. See this video and make up your own mind. I personally have used both Gore-Tex and eVent and can say that I couldn't tell the difference at all.

So with all that said, what turned the tide in favor of the Cutter underdog? Price and weight. The Gore Fusion retails for around $400, the Cutter Cyclical at $299. While the price is most certainly something worth considering, the real tide-turner for me was the fact that the Cutter weighs in at 8.5 ounces and easily packs-into itself via the roomy back pocket. The Gore product weighs-in nearly double, and does not possess the ability to pack into itself.

The Snob In Us

Unlike the Gore Fusion jacket, the Cutter Cyclical Shell does not have a stow-away hood. While this would add weight and bulk to the jacket, it would most certainly make sense for future versions of the jacket. Underdogs, are you listening?

Our Recommendation

If you are looking for an all-purpose, waterproof, and breathable cycling specific jacket with a little urban hipster mojo built-in, then the cost effective Cutter Cyclical Shell will blow you away. After all, don't most of us have a little bit of Moocher in us?
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