Review: Cutter Cyclical Jacket

The jacket is black and has few reflective details. Be sure to clip a red blinker light on your bike for riding at night.

Cutter includes a chest pocket with a headphone-cord port. I don’t recommend employing an iPod in traffic. Listen to music and pedal at your own risk.

Cyclical Jacket, back side

Like all Cutter products, the Cyclical Shell Jacket is warranted for life. Cutter will refund or exchange the shell if there is a fabric or manufacturing defect. The official company line is this: “All Cutter gear carries a lifetime warranty. If our stuff sucks, send it back.”

On the road — and for crossover use mountain biking and hiking — the Cyclical Shell Jacket so far does not suck. Indeed, the jacket’s light, streamlined design, plus a breathable shell fabric and a good fit, puts the Cyclical among my favorite new jackets this year.

—Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.