Lifetime Guarantee. Pause for a moment and let those two words sink in. The complete Sedici line-up has a lifetime guarantee, including their waterproof gear, which I find amazing. I typically get about halfway through my second season with a waterproof jacket and find a leak somewhere, whether it is at a seam, a zipper, or just seepage through the main material. Well, here I am, halfway through my second season with this jacket…Seems like a good time to write a review. All of the photos were taken as I wrote the review, so you are looking at an almost two year old, used daily, jacket. Please ignore the bug stains.
I have a 42″ chest and have worn a “Large” jacket in just about every brand I have owned. This jacket helped to keep the streak alive, as it fit true to size. The shoulder and elbow armor were in the right places and did not have any bunching issues. Both the elbow and shoulder armor are CE-approved, however the removable back pad is not. I happened to have a Knox CE-approved insert that fit the back protector pocket so I used that instead. There is also non CE-approved memory foam built into the chest and back panels, providing more protection than most other waterproof jackets I have worn. The shoulder protection consists of internal CE-approved padding and an external plastic and titanium cap while the elbow protection extends to cover the forearm. There are adjustment points above and below the elbow consisting of a combination of snaps and elastic to allow a bit of custom fitting for the armor. Another location that usually needs some fine tuning is at the waist, and I was happy to see a set of hook-and-loop adjusters on each side. There is a short as well as a full circumference zipper allowing the Napoli jacket to attach to a wide variety of pants. The jacket has the standard external zippered pockets and another zippered pocket inside the storm flap. There are also pockets on each side of the chest featuring a hook-and-loop closure.
The jacket has a removable quilted vest liner that has built in pockets including one that has a hook-and-loop flap designed for a cell phone. The vest liner keeps me fairly warm when the temp drops to the upper 40’s, but anything colder than that I would recommend long sleeves or even a heated liner. With the vest liner removed, the zippered venting on the shoulders, back and sleeves is enough to stay reasonably comfortable when the mercury rises.
But is it waterproof?
To be honest, I was a bit skeptical of how dry this jacket would keep me. It has more of a “sportbike” cut meaning that I did not have all of the additional fabric overlap like I became accustomed to with past “touring” jackets. All of the vents that I mentioned had a single flap covering a non-water resistant zipper. I was reassured to see a small “beaver paddle” on the tail section of the jacket, and noticed that the main front closure consisted of two zippers with an overlapping storm flap. The detail of this feature inspired some confidence, so I checked the weather and found some rain about 50 miles north to give it my first test. I stayed very dry through a fairly heavy downpour, and only had one a complaint. The sleeves have zipper closures that work well unless you like to tuck your gloves inside the sleeves. I prefer to do this to prevent the “funnel effect” when all of the rain is guided down your arms and into your gauntlets. With my gloves tucked in, it is almost impossible to close the zippers all the way causing some water to get inside the sleeves. It is not something that I notice while riding as my gloves are waterproof, but the dampness is apparent when removing the jacket. My solution was to apply some NikWax to the inner portion of the sleeve, something I have had to do on much more expensive jackets as well. This greatly reduced the amount of wetness, making the jacket more comfortable for multiple days of rain. If a small bit of elastic was included in the initial design in combination with the zippers I don’t think there would have been this problem, but honestly for the price I don’t expect it to be perfect. The only other leak I have noticed was when I forgot to close the shoulder vents. Even a jacket twice the price will not prevent operator error…
The bottom line?
I was able to get the jacket and pants for the price of the last waterproof jacket that I purchased, and the Sedici Napoli jacket (and Sedici Vento Waterproof Textile Pants) have been worth every penny. The jacket is comfortable in temperatures ranging from the upper 40’s through the upper 70’s but that range can be extended through simple layering. Add a cooling vest and rides in the upper 80’s are tolerable thanks to the jacket’s multiple vents, and when the temperature dips into the 30’s I wear a heated liner and stay warm and dry. The jacket is lacking a CE back protector, but this Teknic one fits in the pocket getting you to level 1 standards. After almost two full winters of daily use I have not had a single problem with the snaps, zippers or stitching and even if I did, the Sedici Napoli jacket comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.