Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Cycling Jacket

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Written by: Kiley Jacques

Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Cycling Jacket

If you are a hard-core cyclist out there pedalling your tail off no matter the elements, then check out the Elite 2.0 Cycling Jacket by Showers Pass. As as long-time Seattle resident and daily bike commuter, I can attest to the quality of this rain jacket. I purchased my indispensable apparel two years ago, and have worn it five days a week for a 10 miles/day ride (and one thing that can be said of Seattle is that it is wet!) So, I feel perfectly qualified to declare this jacket 100% waterproof. For those of you who brave nature’s worst, you know what a rare find I have made.

What distinguishes this rain jacket from others is the high grade eVent 3-Layer fabric used to make a breathable, lightweight barrier between you and what’s wet. With zippers and airways every which place (seven in all), you can easily and quickly regulate your body temperature as you ride. I especially enjoy the unique chest zip-pocket feature, which gives easy access to my phone or ipod. The extended length of the backside, another extra I appreciate, offers more protection and keeps water out of your waistband. The Velcro-fitted wrist hems haven’t worn out at all, never has a zipper broken, it cleans up nicely with a machine wash and dry, and the lining hasn’t shown any wear and tear. After two years of riding, my jacket is entirely intact and works like a champ.

Features:

  • Taped seams
  • Two–way zipper
  • 11 inch pit zips
  • Back vent for ventilation
  • Gusseted cuffs
  • 3M Reflective taping on arms and back
  • Micro–Chamois collar
  • Zip chest and back pockets
Cyclist Wearing Showers Pass Elite 2.0

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3

This cycling jacket comes in three colors: Chili Pepper Red, Goldenrod Yellow, and Crystal Blue – all of which are highly visible on the road. Three reflective tape strips also aid in night visibility. It is great for commuting, trail and distance riding.

Pros:

  • Completely waterproof
  • Women’s sizes fit really well
  • Packs up tightly
  • Very long-lasting
  • Excellent reputation
  • Widely available

Cons:

  • Expensive

Gore, Novara, REI, and Pearl Izumi also make cycling jackets made for riding in bad weather. But the $240 that you will spend on the Showers Pass Elite 2.0 jacket will give you the best return for your money. I have owned other manufacturers’ “waterproof” jackets, but my experience tells me they are usually water resistant at best; which means it takes a little longer, but you will get wet. So, indulge and make the purchase. Go for a ride on the wettest of days and see for yourself…I think you will be well-pleased.

 

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