Because you perform better when you're dry.
When you're going for a long ride in variable conditions, your best bet is a packable rain shell. But when the forecast calls for unrelenting rain, and you refuse to be kept inside, you'll need something more substantial. Whether a commuter, or a winter training junkie, you'll have all the protection you need with the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket. And despite its generous coverage and incredible moisture blocking capabilities, it's designed to effectively evacuate sweat. This way, you won't end up soaking from the inside out. This truly is elite-level protection for enduring harsh weather in the saddle.
As anyone who's ridden long and hard in the rain is able to attest, sealing out rain doesn't do much good if your jacket turns into a terrarium as soon as you start pedaling. That's why Showers Pass chose eVent 3L fabric for the Elite 2.1 jacket. eVent is widely respected across outdoor disciplines as one of, if not the most, breathable shell materials around. It accomplishes this feat by having millions of pores per-square-inch, which are small enough to block out beaded water, while being large enough to allow your sweat vapor to evaporate through. And to ensure that the fabric doesn't solely bear the load of controlling the climate inside your jacket, there are vents at the chest and the back in order to provide plentiful airflow.
The Elite 2.1 is, as you'd expect, cut for logging long hours on the bike. This means that there's a drop-tail for deflecting wheel-spray and keeping your backside covered. Meanwhile, the core has a close, conforming fit in order to keep flapping to a minimum, even when you're in the drops. The sleeves are generously long in order to accommodate a stretched out position. And further enhancing the functionality is a zippered pocket at the back, accessible from the right side of the jacket. Smaller items are able to be stored in the zippered media pocket on the chest. Especially useful is the 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective paneling, which improves your visibility to motorists in critical low-light conditions.
The Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Goldenrod, and Ocean Blue.
- eVent 3L fabric
- Drop-tail design
- Chest and back vents
- Chest and back zippered pockets
- 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective paneling
- Fully taped seams
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- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
- Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
- Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Reviews & Community
Exactly What I Wanted
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
The fit thing for me is always a complicated matter. In street clothes I'd take a large, generally speaking. If long sleeves are involved I often have to make do with XL and live with the body. I'm not built like a "cyclist," as my shoulders/pecs are much larger than might be considered ideal for "cyclist." Overall body fat is is not an issue. At 63, it is within the normal range - 19 to 22%, depending on the day.
OK, the sleeves work well with my 35in arms. The fit in the shoulders and back is comfortable, even though the body is a bit "flappy" in the breeze. Overall, the XL choice was spot on.
I live on the Central Coast of CA in Monterey County. It is generally cool and breezy here most of the year and I can wear this every day riding along the coast. The generous vents in the jacket and large, but adjustable, sleeve openings make it almost a daily pick. This is especially true when the ride starts in the morning.
The large rear pocket supplements the normal jersey pockets, but the single side zip is not as convenient. Things do stay secure and dry, however.
Something not a problem for me that might be to others is the fact that it doesn't pack small. I can put it in my frame pack or saddle bag, but others may not have these options.
One funny thing that has happened, and it is probably a result of my necessary "sizing up" decision, is that the long tail sometimes hangs up on the back of my saddle when I put a leg down at a stop. I've not figured out how to mitigate this, yet, but ultimately will. This is by no means a real issue, only an interesting problem.
This is a great bit of kit.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
* Blocks wind like a champ
* Ventilates well through side and back vents
* Good visibility
* Long arms to with velcro closures to keeps wrists and arms warm
* Relatively tight-fitting neck to prevent unwanted drafts
* My only minor beef is a slightly fiddly zipper and lack of front pockets (one large back pocket)
If you are looking for a well-made, highly functional jacket to keep out rain and wind, but also ventilates nicely and packs down small, this is the jacket for you. Best cycling jacket I've owned in a long time.
Great cold weather wind/rainbreaker
Also good for warmer conditions (50's+), due to chest-underarm venting, zipper-open from the bottom, and back vent.
eVent is excellent. It is out-of-patent "naked" Gore Tex (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene), ePTFE, but lacks Gore-Tex's polyurethane treatment to slow skin-oil clogging of the PTFE "pores". Gore's polyurethane coating works, but it also reduces the PTFE pore sizes.
eVent has larger pore sizes, so is more breathable, letting water vapor go from the inside to the outside faster, while sill repealing outside water droplets.
But it does "clog" faster, i.e. you have larger pores to start, but they get smaller faster.
I've used Nikwax Tech wash and post-wash treatment. The two products work.
Kind of expensive. I can't tell you why they work better than a cheaper detergent. Maybe somebody can explain.
Perfect wind and rain jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Cannot say enough about this jacket. Very light, great fit - neither too tight nor too loose and I followed the sizing guide (200 lbs, 41" chest, 38" waist measured over my clothing). I usually take XL to XXL(Euro) in jerseys. The Elite Pro was a little snug and lighter but this is just great. Even while riding with wind, this jacket is silent. No flapping sounds from this jacket. Breathes well and so far in 70 degree weather with the pit vents and cuffs opened, it was like I was riding without a jacket. I like that the back vent is covered by a storm flap so when it rains, the vent is open. The only negative is minor in that the back vent cannot be closed like on the Elite Pro but to me having the option to be open in the rain without water getting in is better. Was hoping for a Hi Vis Yellow but it wasn't available so I grabbed this in the red. With the reflective wide stripes and the color, you can easily be seen by everyone. Have worn this on 4:30 AM rides and afternoon rides and everything in between. It cannot be stowed as tight as the ElitePro but it can be bundled small enough to tightly fit a good sized jersey pocket but with all the venting and breath-ability, I could not see a reason one would have to take it off.
Have used it in the rain and works well at keeping me dry.
Very satisfied owner.
Great outer shell
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
Def. paid a bit more than others, but from experience I know that you generally will get back you pay for and I already have enough $100ish gear to know I needed to up the budget if I really wanted a shell that would keep me on the roadie this winter.
Initial impression is that this is a solidly made jacket. It's fully wx proof, and even though I don't do much wet riding it's a nice feature to have anyways. As for the "fitted" claim in the description, I would say that's subjective: by European / pro / high performance demanding cyclist standards the fit is probably more "relaxed". But for the majority like me who don't require nor want a tight race fit, you'll be happy with this. After all, it is sealed to keep rain out while also claiming to be breathable and therefore having some real estate inside is going to be required in order to allow adequate air venting when you starting getting warm. I can attest that you can easily layer under the jacket (I expect to have a wool base and a thermal long sleeve jersey on my worst days, and they'll fit just fine) but the material is solid enough that it isn't going to flap around like flag on a gusty day. For me, controlling sweating is always an issue, and I was drawn and am pleased by the various venting options - lengthy pit/torso zips, dual front zippers means you can open up vertically either direction, adj. hook/loop cuffs and a generous but covered back vent. There's also waist tightening bungy cords on either side and another at the neck, plus hook/loop patches around neck for attaching the hood (sold separately). The cut is as should be - dropped tail for coverage, a bit higher in the front so not in way when in aggressive road cycling position, and long sleeves. Goldenrod color is great - highly visible yet fashionable compared to "trashy" neon yellow.
I'm 6'0, 230 lbs. with broad shoulders and XL fits perfect. XXL was way to big (tried both).