Sugoi RSE NeoShell cycling jacket

Best rain shell

A winter top layer needs to be both stretchy and highly breathable, and none of the shells we tested got higher marks in either category. The RSE, made of Polartec's waterproof NeoShell fabric, was also praised for its perfectly snug fit and had the uncanny ability to keep riders from overheating, no matter how hard they pedaled. [$280; sugoi.com]