Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Rain Jacket
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Rain Jacket
"Showers Pass has really taken the lead. Its Elite 2.1 may be one of the best cycling jackets out there."
The Elite 2.1 is more or less the same as the jacket we've been selling since 2004. With 1,000s of jackets in the field, the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jackets is one of the most durable products we've ever sold. It stands up to the elements, is very breathable after several washings and has the breathablity factors that make it the prefered jacket of not just people in the NW part of the United States but also the world. We like to say that the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 is the gold standard in rain protection and we're proud to give it our Bicyclinghub.com Staff Pick
Designed in the northwestern United States, this carefully engineered jacket is a wet-weather cyclist's best friend. Cyclists here demand quality features such as Velcro-adjustable gusseted cuffs, two-way front zip, pit zips and a large back vent help you to regulate airflow and avoid overheating.
The Elite jacket utilizes state of the art eVent fabric. eVent is a highly breathable waterproof fabric and has a 50% increased vapor transmission over standard Goretex, as documented by US military testing at the material science laboratory in New Jersey, USA.
This jacket is designed to be the ultimate rain jacket and is unequaled in damp conditions. Because it's breathable and windproof it also ideal for dry conditions.
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Rain Jacket features:
- Waterproof front zipper with two-way slider
- Fully taped seams
- Waterproof armpit zippers
- Large, covered back mesh vent
- Airflow regulating gusseted cuffs with Velcro closures
- Tall collar to keep rain off your neck
- Elastic cinch-cords at collar and hem
- Large zippered back pocket
- Extensive 3M ScotchliteTM reflective taping
- Light loop (for attaching an LED flasher) on rear vent
- Micro-fleece collar
- Velcro attachment points for (optional) compact hood
BicyclingHub.com was the first online dealer of Showers Pass Jackets.
Way back in 2004, Ed Dalton and Dave Morrow visited us in our Portland, Oregon office and told us about the exiting new products they were working on. They asked for our help in promoting the brand.
Since 2004, BicyclingHub.com has sold thousands of Showers Pass jackets. The quality of these jackets is amazing. They hold up and even better, they breathe better than any jacket on the market. The Shower Pass Elite 2.1 has become the "gold standard" that everyone compares themselves to.
By Douglas Duguay, owner of Bicyclinghub.com
Classic Showers Pass Videos From Bicyclinghub.com.
Bicyclinghub.com has been working with Showers Pass products since 2004. We created our original Showers Pass Elite 2.0 video in 2009. While the production quality is reflective of 2009, it is still an excellent video and many of the features are the same as the Elite 2.1 jacket currently available.
We created this fun video in 2012. We prove definitively that the Showers Pass jacket jackets are 100% waterproof.
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Click here to read Cyclingnews.com's great feature review of the original Showers Pass Century Elite.
"If you MUST ride in the rain, then you simply MUST invest in a Showers Pass Jacket
True confession: if I had the choice, I'd ride only when it was between 72-76 degrees, sunny, low humidity ... and with a constant tailwind! But since I reside in Portland, Oregon, rather than San Diego, California, I've had to accept the fact early on that if you're going to ride a bike in the Pacific Northwest, you're going to be doing it in the wet at some point. So you might as well invest in some serious rain gear and be prepared.
When it comes to being prepared, I couldn't think of a better company than Portland-based Showers Pass to outfit cyclists accordingly. Rarely a day goes by we here at BicyclingHub.com that we don't spy bicyclists commuting over the Hawthorne Bridge in one of the products we sell, and Showers Pass remains a perennial favorite both here at home and across the country. Having now ridden in one of their jackets, the reason why becomes readily apparent.
I've been doing some serious field-testing with my women's Elite jacket in a variety of "interesting" November conditions. A short ride in dry and windy 55 degrees had me thankful for the built-in pit-zips, which help regulate internal temperature once you start cranking. Even though I was already familiar with the brand and its trademark eVent waterproof fabric, I was still impressed with how warm and dry the jacket kept me on my cold wet rainy commute into work—throughout all 17.5 miles of wet! And even with a Camelbak strapped to my back, stuffed with a change of dry clothes, shoes, and a snack, the rear vent panel did an amazing job facilitating air flow and preventing overheating on the hills. I also appreciated the highly-visible Goldenrod color and reflective piping on the material on the dark ride home as an extra safety feature.
Got a Sunday morning group ride when grey skies and "spritzing" from the skies at regular intervals (otherwise referred to as "Oregon sunshine")? You'll be thankful for the wind-stopping fabric on the front panels and extra warm it provides if/when the temps drop.
In summation: if it's 40 degrees and raining, the Showers Pass Elite 2.0 is my new go-to jacket. Whether you commute, do fitness rides, tour by bike, or do all three, I hope it'll be yours too."
When it comes to breathability in a rain jacket I don't think you could find anything better than a Showers Pass jacket. On a breathability scale of one to ten, where a one is a plastic trash bag, I'd give a Showers Pass jacket a ten and most Goretex jackets an eight. The breathability of this jacket comes not only from the eVent three-layer fabric, but also from the numerous venting options built into the jacket. This jacket has fully taped seams, 11-inch pit zips under both arms, large gusseted cuffs, and a very large back vent for flow-thru ventilation. There are elastic cinch-cords on both the collar and the hem you can open them for added ventilation or close them the keep the heat in. The back of the jacket is extra long to keep your backside dry in pouring rain.
My gauge of a good breathable jacket is simply one that minimises the perspiration; it is unrealistic to expect to be drizabone when you step into the team bus (or kitchen, if we bring things more down to earth). in the grand scheme of things, the showers pass elite
2.0 jacket is at the very top of the tree. taking into account the degree of attention and design involved in this waterproof jacket, particularly the under-arm zips.