Get away while you get away.
The Showers Pass Refuge Pants tell you almost everything you need to know right there in their name — a refuge from the rain — but we know that you want to know the whole story, so throw on your poncho and prepare for the deluge of technical details that make these pants so amazing.
Aside from coming from a company dedicated entirely to making the best rain gear on the market, the Refuge pants received special attention to truly live up to their title. They're constructed of a fully seam-taped three-layer hardshell fabric that SP calls Elite, which serves to completely seal out the rain while still permitting excellent breathability and evacuation of moisture. To that end, there are thigh vents to allow extra air circulation when necessary to prevent overheating. To ensure even greater comfort, the pants' seat is reinforced and also perforated, because moisture that accumulates down under can rapidly lead to blisters and soreness.
Yet, despite so much attention to promoting the pants' comfort, their fabric receives an amazing 15K/15K waterproof/breathability rating, putting them on par with far heavier and more expensive specialty gear and ranking them higher than any other cycling pants on the market.
To make the pants especially livable, whether you're crossing the country or simply commuting, there are a number of additional smart details. All zippers are full waterproof to protect any cargo, and there are reflective graphic elements all over to ensure excellent visibility when light is low. Hook-and-loop straps keep the pant bottoms from getting caught in your chain or crank, and they also feature zippered openings to ensure they easily fit over shoe covers.
The Showers Pass Refuge Pants are available in the color Black and in six sizes, from X-Small to XX-Large.
- Elite 3-layer hardshell fabric
- Fully taped seams
- Waterproof zippers
- Zippers and hook-and-loop straps at ankles
- Reflective elements
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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
No excuses: time to ride in the rain!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
Got these in order to no longer have an excuse not to commute in bad weather, and as luck would have it, we had a few downpours here in NYC after my purchase!
I wasn't really sure what size to get, as the measurements suggest that the only difference between an M and a L is the waist (same inseam). I erred on the bigger side, and in retrospect could probably wear a medium, but it's not a major issue.
Regardless, they held up perfectly in the few heavy rains we've had. The only thing I'd change with these pants is that I wish the "loop" part of the Velcro ankle straps were longer, in order to make them more secure when cinched up tight.
Great rain and wind gear
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
I've only worn them four times up here in western NY. Always in wind, twice in snow storms and yesterday in 40's and rain. In short, I love them! Totally comfortable in all the nasty conditions I ride in. Yesterday on a 40 mile ride, it started to rain and I smiled! Great piece of equipment. Worth every penny.
PS- get the suspenders
Rain, Sleet, Snow and wind.
Passes the test in all conditions.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is what you wear when it's nastier than nasty, but you've still got to ride. You will not find a more waterproof, windproof, nastyproof pant than this one.
There seems to be no amount of rain or wind that will penetrate this sturdy 3 layer construction. Good luck getting wet in these, you're staying warm and dry for the long haul. Along with the absolute shear brute, weather-stopping function, a lineup of functionality awaits. Reflective materials, zippers for easy in-and-outs and hook and loop straps for keeping the pants out of your drive train all over practical on bike function. There's also plenty of ventilation and fabric breath-ability, when your body temperature builds up an inner storm. These pants reminded not of cycling specific gear, but more of backcountry skiing gear from a brand like Arc'teryx. Function, function, function matched with quality construction and a sleek looking design. They're that good!
If you have any questions on this jacket or any offerings from Showers Pass, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org