The RH+ Storm jacket is a high-quality waterproof for keeping you dry – or at least reasonably dry – in the worst kind of weather.
Made from nylon, the Storm has a waterproof rating of 20,000mm, which is very high. It has a breathability rating of 15,000g/m2/24h which is similarly impressive.
The stats are all well and good but it's how the jacket performs in the real world that counts and the Storm really does keep the rain out. All the seams were well taped when the jacket arrived for testing and they've remained that way through a couple of months of use and a few trips through the washing machine, without any noticeable lifting or bubbling.
Even the most breathable waterproofs will get damp inside if you sweat lots – there's only so much moisture they can cope with – but the two zipped vents on the front really help on that score, letting plenty of air in without any flapping.
Those zips are waterproof with little cover ('garages' for clothing jargon lovers) at the top to stop the rain getting in there. The main front zip is waterproof too and it comes with a storm flap behind – belt and braces. It's offset slightly so the zip doesn't irritate you right under your chin, and a chinguard stops it from scratching.
The cut is great. RH+ call 'regular' but it's slim enough that it doesn't wave about too much as you ride. It's certainly more of a sporty shape for wearing over cycling clothing as opposed to everyday clothing when you're commuting. The back is long and does a good job of keeping road spray off your butt, and the arms are pre-shaped with a slight bend at the elbow to minimise bunching when you're in the saddle.
I found the neck about right for keeping out the rain without causing strangulation, although it's not adjustable so you might want to try before you buy to be on the safe side (it's 43cm/17in in diameter on our medium-sized review jacket).
Other features include reflective print on the back and a rubbery gripper inside the elasticated waist.
The only features I'm not particularly into are the elastic cuffs that are in no way waterproof. That's fine if you position them on the outside of waterproof gloves and they stay in place, but water can get transported inside if they come into contact with your jersey. The cuffs are actually grippy enough that they don't move much once you have them in place so it's not much of a problem, but I'd prefer standard waterproof cuffs.
When not in use the Storm jacket rolls up small enough to fit easily into a rear jersey pocket.
High-quality jacket with good breathability, in a slim, sporty cut.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: rh+ Storm Jacket
Size tested: Medium Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Here are the features listed by RH+
*Fully taped garment
*Preshaped anatomic structure
*Adjustable front ventilation with waterproof zipper
*Longer back for added protection
*Jacket bottom with nonslip elastic gripper
*Elastic on cuff
*Waterproof open-end front zipper with customized camlock
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
RH+ call this a Waterdry Gold fabric and here's what they say about these fabrics:
Characteristics: lightweight laminated 2 or 3-layer fabrics designed to be extremely breathable. Any perspiration is rapidly released thereby eliminating that unpleasant cold-damp feeling usually experienced during physical activity. The yarns give the fabrics a high degree of elasticity with 4 or 2-way stretch, while the ultralight membrane laminated directly on all the fabrics guarantees impermeability combined with optimum breathability. All rh+ Waterdry garments are completely or partially heat-taped in the critical points to ensure maximum protection against rain and snow.
Even after the garments have been washed many times, their physical, chemical and mechanical properties still guarantee:
Impermeability 20000 mm
Breathability 15000 gmq24h
Function: they keep the body dry, offer thermal protection in mild weather conditions, and guarantee comfort and breathability even when it rains or snows. Ideal as anti-air/water overwear."
There's no real stretch in this fabric.
It's handy that this jacket is small and light enough to carry in a rear pocket.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It keeps out the rain really well and it's breathable, with decent venting. I'm really not convinced by the elastic cuffs though.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The breathability afforded by the fabric and the vents, and the cut.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The elastic cuffs don't do it for me. You could argue that if you wear them on the outside of waterproof gloves, water won't get in anyway. Wear them over non-waterproof gloves and water would get in anyway.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly.
About the tester
Age: 43 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.