Upper Downs teams up with Polartec to launch Neo jacket

Brighton-based premium cycling brand Upper Downs Apparel, has launched Neo, an ultra breathable, super high performance, lightweight and functional cycling jacket made purely out of Polartec NeoShell.

After years of riding bikes through the South Downs and experiencing its unpredictable weather, Upper Downs founders, Matt Parker and Henry Rendall, successfully completed a Kickstarter project in June and have created Neo, a multi-use high performance jacket that they believe fills a gap in the market for a waterproof cycling jacket that is breathable, beautifully designed and technical.


Manufactured in a leading outerwear factory in Portugal, Neo is fashioned entirely from a 3 Layer Polartec NeoShell fabric with a ripstop face. Features include a removable hood with hidden zip, a pack-away rear pocket, lens cleaner and an intelligent phone cute that routes headphones into an internal channel to remove cable tangle for lifestyle use.

Thanks to Polartec’s innovative and award-winning NeoShell fabric the Neo jacket is waterproof and durable so can offer maximum protection from the elements, whilst remaining breathable and is lightweight with a clean design making it versatile enough to wear on and off the bike trail. The fabric also offers unparalleled freedom of movement due to the stretch form-fit.

Matt Parker, Upper Downs Director comments: “We’d like to thank all our Kickstarter backers for their support in allowing us to make this project happen – this is just the start of our journey in producing technical cycling clothing. As keen mountain bikers we’ve been working with friends, local riders and some of the world’s top pros to produce this ultra technical cycling jacket that delivers on all performance levels whilst being versatile for outdoor sports and styled for lifestyle use. The result is Neo, a functional, ultra breathable, moisture wicking, lightweight, waterproof cycling jacket that looks great both on and off the trail.”


  • Removable hood with a hidden zip
  • Pack-away rear pocket
  • Lens cleaner/key clip
  • Intelligent phone chute
  • YKK Vislon and Aquaguard water resistant zippers
  • Lightweight: 316g / medium
  • Sizes: XS to XXL
  • Colours: Storm Grey (Kickstarter edition) and Atlas Blue (very limited production due 1st March).

Price: £269 (SRP)

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