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Gear Review

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Great Jacket: Waterproof/Breathable At Last

You can find plenty of gushing reviews about this jacket if you google it, so I won't go too indepth here. It is spendy, but worth it.I got size M and am 5'6" with a 34" waist and wear a size 40 jacket and the fit is just right (maybe its a tad snug in the chest; plus the arms are a little long as I have short arms, but not a problem at all). I only wear a cycling shirt underneath; for my size, if I needed to add a a thick or insulating layer for really cold temps, I would have to size up to a Large. As is, when I have the pit zips zipped up (which is rare), the chest is a little snug.I am sold on eVent fabric, it breathes great. I tried both the mid level and a high end REI cycling jackets and returned both before coughing up the extra dough for this jacket. The mid-level REI jacket was some generic fabric and didn't breath. The high-end REI jacket (the Veritas?) was too thin for my shoulders/chest and didn't have pit zips.I live in the San Francisco area and the Elite 2.0 is great in a steady rain. My commute is 10 miles/30 min, so that is the longest I have used it so far (but am sure it is fine for many hours). I have worn the jacket in the low 40s with just a long sleeve thin jersey and was fine (I also have worn it in the low 40s with a short sleeve shirt and arm warmers which was also fine). Above 50 degrees, I just wear a short sleeve bike shirt.I almost always ride with the pit zips open, especially once I have warmed up after a 2-3 miles. With all the venting options, this jacket gets as close as is possible to keeping you dry in the rain, without getting too sweaty on the inside.The long back keeps my tail dry and the back pocket holds my helmet light battery just fine. The Napoleon pocket fits my HTV Evo phone (same size as the iPhone 4), but not much else.Highly recommended. Kudos to Showers Pass.