When I first unwrapped the Houston ($650) from the box I received from the RSD crew, I thought to myself, “Self, another waxed cotton jacket? What’s the big deal?” I didn’t think of it too much for the wintertime because it was very lightweight and I associate warmth with big, bulky, and heavy. And while the aforementioned jackets serve a purpose in certain climates, in all actuality, after further studying and testing the Houston on the road, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Not only do the neoprene wetsuit-equipped sleeve cuffs and neorprene-lined collar keep the cool air out (like zero ventilation should you so choose), but also they do a great job of keeping your core body heat trapped inside. After hitting some thunderstorms in Southern California (if you can believe it), the Houston kept my shirt completely dry. Whenever I gear up for a test where inclement weather is possible (pretty much every time) the days of packing an extra rain jacket are few and far between thanks to the Houston.