The gold standard; a rain jacket that also works well in cool dry weather. Made from eVent 3-layer waterproof breathable fabric this jacket is designed to maximize ventilation options so that the user can adapt to changing terrain and environmental conditions with 7 venting options. The cuffs have a gusset and special lycra fabric that can be opened to scoop cooling air up the arms and out the back vent. Two 7" (18 cm) pit zips can be opened for added ventilation as needed. The front zipper can be opened from the bottom as well as the top. This bottom pull zip allows the wearer to regulate temperature of the lower back without turning your jacket into a parachute. The back vent works with these six front vents to move hot air away from the body - keeping you cool prevents sweat build-up on climbs and when you’re working hard. Waterproof and breathable.
-Weight varies proportionally with size: a medium weighs approximately 13.0 ounces (380 grams)
-Front Napoleon pocket on left breast with waterproof zipper and internal audio port.
-Large back pocket welded to jacket (reduces bulk and weight)
-Waterproof front zipper with two-way slider
-Fully taped seams
-Large, covered back mesh vent
-Airflow regulating gussetted cuffs with velcro closures
-Tall collar to keep rain off your neck
-Elastic cinch-cords at collar and hem
-Extensive 3M scotchlite reflective taping
-Light loop (for attaching an LED flasher) on rear vent
-Velcro attachment points for (optional) compact hood
*Based on body (not garment) measurements.Measure Chest just below armpit and Hip at the fullest part (about 8" below the top of your pants waistband).
Reviewed by: Johanna Garrison 3/16/09
Well, I am not the sort to throw down 200 smacks for a jacket; my reasoning is, "Oh, it's probably just a marketing ploy, all this fancy bike technology, who needs it?" So when it was offered as 'last year's model' w/ a $50 discount, I went for it. Every time I wear the thing-- cold mornings, damp afternoons, gusty evenings, no matter the season, I am thrilled w/ my Showers Pass. No sales pitch then or now...just a good solid product and an extremely satisfied customer.
Reviewed by: Chris Casebolt 6/11/09
I've owned a Peformance Gore-Tex cycling jacket for nearly 20 years -- used it for cycling and skiing, and loved it. The fit was long, the arms were very long (great for cycling and skiing), and the Gore-Tex held up for a long time. It was perfect. I think I now have my replacement. What I like about the Showers Pass Elite 2.0: great windblock for cold Spring mornings (often just wear a short-sleeved jersey underneath on 50 degree mornings; excellent venting options with pit vents, unzipping front zipper a bit, and even by opening up the cuffs, letting air come up the arms; great rain coat -- wore it in a pouring storm and stayed dry underneath. Napoleon pocket is perfect sized for a cell phone or a bit more. Looks great, and the reflective fabric is bright. Exceptional. Pricey, but worth it. Can see this being my next 20-year jacket. Actually thinking of buying an extra to keep for when (if?) this one wears out.
Reviewed by: A customer from New York 11/5/09
Love it! Awesome!!!! It has velcro for a hood attachment but there's no hood....right?