November 3, 2008
Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Jacket
The folks at Showers Pass say the Elite 2.0 jacket is “the ultimate rain jacket that ALSO works well in cool dry weather.” After using this jacket for the past couple months, I can say I wholeheartedly agree. And don’t just take it from me, the Elite 2.0 is the only cycling specific jacket recently honored in OUTSIDE Magazine’s “Gear of the Year Awards” Annual Buyers Guide.
Living in the Pacific Northwest make’s owning a cycling rain jacket a necessity. Even when it’s not raining, having a lightweight, breathable jacket for when it’s slightly cooler is an important piece of gear. We’ve had a great end of the summer run on nice weather, but the rain and cold weather is upon is, and this jacket is becoming part of my everyday riding gear.
Saturday was the first mostly full ride I did in the rain. When I headed out, I was a little concerned that I might be too warm in the jacket if I didn’t get a decent amount of rain falling to cool off the air, but surprisingly, the ventilation of the jacket kept a decent amount of air flowing, and kept the rain entirely off of me. Shouldn’t be surprised, the Elite 2.0 has great specs:
“The eVent™ fabric used in our Elite jacket has a waterproof rating of 30,000 mm and a MVTR of 22,000. The US Military has done extensive testing on waterproof breathable fabric technology. According to Dr. Phil Gibbons, the eVent MVTR rating is about 20% higher than Entrant GII XT from Toray. It is about 80% higher than Nextec from Patagonia, and 100% (or more) higher than Gore-tex XCR, Dermizax, Memebrain from Marmot, Sympatex, Conduit from Mountain Hardware, Omnitec Titanium from Columbia Sportswear, Schoeller WB-400, and Northface Hydroseal. eVent makes the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market today, and only a few companies are licensed to use it. Showers Pass spent almost a year working with eVent to obtain a license to use their fabric – they want their logo on only the best gear! “
- weight varies proportionally with size: a large weighs approximately 13.5 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
- waterproof armpit zippers
- 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
- micro-fleece collar
- Velcro attachment points for (optional) compact hood
The jacket is not the least expensive item on the market at a retail price of $230 (less at my LBS) but if you plan to ride in the rain much, this is a must-have piece of gear.