Reviews

Showers Pass® Product Reviews
We make a wide range of technically functional products that are made to work well both on and off the bike. Take a look at what some of our most dedicated riders have to say about our jackets and pants.

 

Rogue Hoodie reviewed by BikeRumor

"Over the years I have obtained quite a few jackets, both technical and casual. This fall and winter however, the Showers Pass® Rogue Hoodie has been the one I grab daily, whether I am heading out for a long road ride or driving to the store. It is the perfect blend of performance and casual wear, and it comes highly recommended." 

 

 

Crosspoint Waterproof Socks by thewashingmachinepost

....however, i have great respect for the folks at showers pass®, with every confidence that if the toe of each sock plainly stated waterproof then that's precisely what they'd be. however, there's always that nagging little suspicion at the back of my pedals. so, to remove all possible doubt, i set out in less than clement weather, devoid of any seasonally compulsory overshoes, and wearing cycle footwear with the waterproofing qualities of a sieve. this involved propelling myself into a nagging headwind, bringing perpetual stinging sleet for well over forty minutes, coupled with splashing through gallons of surface water. on my return home, the shoes were wet enough to require being stuffed with newspaper to dry them out, and the thick woolly exterior of both socks were determinably wet. yet not only were both feet pleasantly warm, they were completely dry.

if i sound surprised, it's because i am. these are superb, really superb, and well worth the £25 price per pair. for four years of festive 500 and beyond, i have suffered from wet feet, a factor that often takes the shine off the pleasurable activity of busting a gut into driving wind, rain and cold. i urge anyone who has experienced the same level of podiatry sogginess, to rush out right this minute and buy as many pairs as you can afford.

the end of hyperbole as we know it.

 

 

 

Refuge Jacket reviewed by Seattle Backpacker Magazine

The Showers Pass® Refuge Jacket is great for taking on hikes, and does exceptional on a bicycle. In its design and utility it was a jacket built by bikers for bikers. The jacket also features 360 degrees of 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material trim which ensures a degree of visibility when riding in low light conditions.

Every facet of the jacket is adjustable: the hood, the arms, and the torso. I found the jacket to be very easy to adjust comfortably to my needs. It is a high anaerobic activity jacket – meaning you keep yourself warm with your body heat. It is compact and can stow away even in an 18-liter pack.  The hood section removes easily and can be stowed separately and then quickly reattached through a zipper and Velcro strips. A favorite feature of mine were the small vents on the side of the jacket that open up to reveal a mesh covering. These vents allow air circulation should the need arise.

 

Skyline Pant Review by Cycling Perspective 

The Showers Pass® Skyline pant…the summary

Comfortable: The pants are stretchy in the right places and very comfortable.
Flexible: In 2 ways – the pants allow moving with ease and it’s great to have a garment that can perform across multiple sports.
Well-constructed of quality materials: Showers Pass® gets this right. Their gear is durable and holds up.
Fit: The Skyline only comes in men’s sizes but I found the men’s small/petite to be a perfect fit (I normally wear a women’s medium).

MBUK Rates the Rogue Hoodie Best in Test for Winter Jackets

 

Active Junky

Rogue Hoodie

From technically esteemed Showers Pass® in Portland, Oregon comes the ROGUE HOODIE.  Decidedly urban and with street-beating weather resistance, ROGUE is the face of cycling today and to come.  Athletic and equipped with wrist gaiters, thumb loops and stealth reflective piping on the seams, this piece carries style off the bike.  The generous hood captures a helmet (and headphones) while draw cords ensure a tailored look.  Testers wore this three-layered ARTEX hoodie in pubs, on planes and, truth be told, to write this piece on an apple-snapping fall morning.  With such a relevant combination of elements, ROGUE is what Active Junky’s riders have been seeking in outerwear.

 

Thewashingmachinepost.net

 

Skyline Softshell Jacket

 

"aside from cooling airflow, the skyline has other pragmatic aspects to its construct that ensure it will befriend any cyclist fortunate enough to own and wear one. there's a vertically zipped front chest pocket on the left, featuring a grommetted opening for ipod headphones. all the zips, including the main front closer are appended with short tags that considerably ease the procedure of opening and closing...the waterproofing offered by the skyline softshell was extremely favourable. i'd be happy to wear this throughout the winter whatever the conditions."

 

BicyclingHub.com

Reviewed the Club Convertible 2 Pant

 

We were excited when the new Showers Pass® Club Convertible 2 Pants arrived ahead of schedule to compare them side by side with the previous version. As promised, the new and improved rain pants were well worth the wait.

First and foremost was the VASTLY improved fit, especially the women's cut. Not content to coast on sales of their first edition, the Showers Pass® design team took direct and honest feedback from their female customers and went back to the drawing board to find a way to more accurately reflect a woman's hourglass shape and proportions. The result? A tapered waist and more room at the hips for ease of movement; the rear of the waistband is elasticated to further enhance the fit, eliminate gaps between fabric and skin and prevent your pants from creeping down as you ride.

 

Showers Pass® Club Convertible 2 Rain Pant (Men's)
Next up is the change in the FABRIC itself. Constructed with 3-ply Artex fabric offering lightweight, breathable and waterproof protection, the new Club Convertible 2s weighs in nearly 30% less than its predecessor (yes, bike nerds that we are, we had to pull out the scales to confirm). Just as important as the savings in weight is the enhanced freedom of movement and full range of motion offered by these rain pants. No longer will your thighs feel constricted or restrained by tight fabric, working against you as you move; the enhanced stretch of the new Artex fabric enables the rider to employ full articulation in the knee and thigh in every pedal stoke, whether you're wearing cycling shorts and street clothes underneath.

 

Kinetic Shift

 

Reviewed Elite Pro Jacket

The weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. Sunshine, hail, high winds, and snow can all happen within a few hours even on a summer day. With this kind of variability you learn to carry a jacket at all times while on the bike.

The Elite Pro jacket is made with a three layer proprietary fabric and is highly waterproof. The wind-blocking is exceptional. Beyond the basics, the jacket is loaded with features designed specifically for cycling. The Elite Pro is light, form fitting and doesn’t flap in the wind. At the waist, it is short in front and ultra-long in the back. This feels a bit awkward when you try on the jacket, but once on the bike, it is spot on. The sleeves have the same style. They feel freakishly long when standing and perfect when on the bike. I’ve learned to cinch the wrist up when off the bike, positioning the sleeves at the wrist to keep them from falling over my hands.


Cyclocross Magazine

Reviewed Elite Pro Jacket

The Elite Pro is lightweight, keeps the water out, and it does a heck of a good job allowing perspiration to pass through and away from your body. There are also ample ventilation options, preventing overheating, moisture build-up and the accompanying clammy feeling. Two large pit zips are sealed to keep the weather out when closed, as is the asymmetrical front zipper, which also comes up to the side of your chin to avoid irritating your neck. There’s another zippered ventilation point in back at the base of the neck for even more airflow, and the Velcro cuffs can be adjusted for maximum warmth or for increased venting. The race cut, with the longer back tail, keeps you covered when you get low and aero.

The jacket is predominantly fabricated from Elite 3-ply fabric, which accounts for its extreme lightweight. The side panels of the jacket are constructed of softshell, and both materials offer a bit of stretch, so it won’t flap around in the wind. Riders can opt to wear the Elite Pro Jacket snugly fitted, making it a viable choice for a road race, or perhaps even a super-nasty cyclocross event. It’s light weight, easily compresses into a jersey pocket for on-the-fly layering adjustments and offers a zipped rear pocket to stow your gear. The two-way front zipper is a great feature – unzip from both the top and the bottom to further regulate temperature and adjust the fit.

 

Touring Jacket Review

"I recently used my Showers Pass® on a 9-day tour of the Olympic Peninsula. We had heavy rain for 4 of the days and I stayed relatively dry and comfortable. Now, I never leave on a trip without my Showers Pass® and if you ride in the rain or the cold, you shouldn’t either."

-Bike Around the World Blog

 

Tacoma Bike Review


Reviewed: Moutain Elite Jacket

"We sell more Showers Pass® Elite jackets than all other jackets put together. Why? Because nothing else even close to this price does the job even half as well!

With real breathability and actual waterproofing (not just claimed) these jackets are exactly what you have been waiting for so long. There are two Elite jackets in the range, the Elite 2.0 is the one most people are familiar with. The Mountain Elite is Showerspass®’ other eVent jacket and is designed for off road and commuting use. The cut is more casual with a longer front and roomier torso. This jacket also features reinforced elbows for better crash protection and rubberized reinforced shoulders for non-slip back pack usage. The jacket has more pockets and the usual front vents and hood compatibility. We have these in stock now."



Cross Bike Review

 

Reviewed: Softshell Trainer
"Given the choice between a winter jersey or a rain jacket, I would choose the Softshell Trainer. This garment rocks the cazbah in form and function! It wears like our favorite sweatshirt from college, only this one is wind and water proof with pockets!"

 


NEW! Cross Bike Review Video

 

Momentum Magazine - Gear Issue "Editor's Pick"

Issue no.43 - Jan 2010

Reviewed: Portland
"What can I say...love at first sight and after a couple months of hard riding I am still totally infatuated. Pit zips (that you can’t see) a drop tail with reflective coating, softshell fabric that keeps you dry are combined with a tweed look and a great cut. Stylish enough to wear to the club but techie enough to cover all your bases on the bike, this jacket works in rain, sun and wind."

 

Bicycling

Bike Apparel Reviews - Jan 2010

Reviewed: ProTech
"Testers commented that the ProTech provided "perfect" water protection and breathed very well. It has a medium-tight fit, but is the stretchiest and most forgiving. The material is light and thin, almost to the point of feeling fragile. It rolls up into a tight package that easily fits into a jersey pocket."

 

Dirt Rag

The Mountain Bike Forum

Reviewed: Mountain Elite
"I've been riding with the Showers Pass® Mountain Elite rain jacket this winter here in northern California. It's my number one jacket so I've spent many hours in it in a lot of different conditions."

 

Outside Magazine - Gear Guy

Outdoor Gear Reviews

Reviewed: Elite 2.0
"An Oregon firm called Showers Pass® has really taken the lead. Its Elite 2.0 ($230) may be one of the best cycling jackets out there."


BikePortland.org

BikePortland.org is a daily news source that covers the Portland bike scene— we cover the culture, personalities, businesses, breaking news, and important advocacy issues that define America’s most bike-friendly city.

Reviewed: Portland Jacket, Club Convertibles
"All this adds up to a unique looking, durable and very practical piece of outerwear best suited for cold weather and less than torrential rains like those we frequently have in the jacket’s namesake city."

 

Outside Magazine - Bike Commuting 101

Outdoor Gear Reviews

Reviewed: Elite 2.0, Rain Hood, Hybrid Zip-Off Pants
"The Showers Pass® Elite 2.0 ($230) is a highly breathable, waterproof eVent jacket with lots of venting and smart details; the optional hood fits under a helmet."

 

Portland Jacket - Page 1  Portland Jacket - Page 2, Hybrid Zip-Off Pants

 

Bicycle Magazine from Pittsburgh focusing on advocacy, utility, and lifestyle.

Reviewed: Portland Jacket, Hybrid Pants
"The jacket is well-tailored to give proper coverage in the riding position, while not looking out of place strolling around. I’m glad to see a medium size that actually fits me."

 

Robonza
A blog about bikes, bike commuting and more...so much more.

Reviewed: Roadie Pant, Hybrid Zip-Off Pant, Toe Cover, Club Shoe Covers, Elite 2.0
"I have had this coat [Elite 2.0] over a year now and worn it a good bit on my commutes, road rides and even hiking. It is a great coat, the ability to vent from the bottom, arm pits, neck or sleeves can help you regulate your temp really well. You can be comfy in this jacket from 20F to 60F."

 

MTBR.com Consumer Reviews

Direct-from-Consumer Reviews

Reviewed: Elite 2.0
"It's the best I've ever worn...Worst condition used was...in about 30-degree sleet."

 

Mountain Biking by 198
Mountain biking related information and product reviews

 

Reviewed: Mountain Elite

"The Showers Pass® Mountain Elite feels like a very high quality jacket. The non-slip sections on the elbows and shoulders is a great added feature. Overall…the jacket is comfortable and is ride ready."

 

BikePacking.net

 

Off-road touring site focusing on routes, gear and planning.

Reviewed: Elite 2.0
"The Elite 2.0 jacket is the ultimate rain jacket that ALSO works well in cool dry weather."

 


JT TRain - Outdoor and Cycling Enthusiast

Reviewed: Women's Double Century
"For you tiny women out there (under 5′3″ tall, around the 100 pound range), we all know how difficult it is to find cycling and outdoor gear that fit us! This jacket is just for us."

 

Cycling enthusiast and product reviewer

Heidi Swift - 'Cross is Coming' video
It's Cyclocross Season! Heidi Swift of Team Veloforma made this video to get riders jazzed about the weather...

Reviewed: Women's Elite 2.0

 

Bike Monkey Magazine
Bike Monkey Magazine photo from San Francisco Momentum Fashion Show

Reviewed: Portland Jacket
Momentum Magazine held a fashion show in San Francisco featuring the latest in functional velo-coutoure. No surprise, the Portland received a lot of positive attention.

 

 

Showers Pass® Product Reviews
We make a wide range of technically functional products that are made to work well both on and off the bike. Take a look at what some of our most dedicated riders have to say about our jackets and pants.

 

Active Junky

Rogue Hoodie

From technically esteemed Showers Pass® in Portland, Oregon comes the ROGUE HOODIE.  Decidedly urban and with street-beating weather resistance, ROGUE is the face of cycling today and to come.  Athletic and equipped with wrist gaiters, thumb loops and stealth reflective piping on the seams, this piece carries style off the bike.  The generous hood captures a helmet (and headphones) while draw cords ensure a tailored look.  Testers wore this three-layered ARTEX hoodie in pubs, on planes and, truth be told, to write this piece on an apple-snapping fall morning.  With such a relevant combination of elements, ROGUE is what Active Junky’s riders have been seeking in outerwear.

 

Thewashingmachinepost.net

Skyline Softshell Jacket

"aside from cooling airflow, the skyline has other pragmatic aspects to its construct that ensure it will befriend any cyclist fortunate enough to own and wear one. there's a vertically zipped front chest pocket on the left, featuring a grommetted opening for ipod headphones. all the zips, including the main front closer are appended with short tags that considerably ease the procedure of opening and closing...the waterproofing offered by the skyline softshell was extremely favourable. i'd be happy to wear this throughout the winter whatever the conditions."

 

BicyclingHub.com

Reviewed the Club Convertible 2 Pant

We were excited when the new Showers Pass® Club Convertible 2 Pants arrived ahead of schedule to compare them side by side with the previous version. As promised, the new and improved rain pants were well worth the wait.

First and foremost was the VASTLY improved fit, especially the women's cut. Not content to coast on sales of their first edition, the Showers Pass® design team took direct and honest feedback from their female customers and went back to the drawing board to find a way to more accurately reflect a woman's hourglass shape and proportions. The result? A tapered waist and more room at the hips for ease of movement; the rear of the waistband is elasticated to further enhance the fit, eliminate gaps between fabric and skin and prevent your pants from creeping down as you ride.


Showers Pass® Club Convertible 2 Rain Pant (Men's)
Next up is the change in the FABRIC itself. Constructed with 3-ply Artex fabric offering lightweight, breathable and waterproof protection, the new Club Convertible 2s weighs in nearly 30% less than its predecessor (yes, bike nerds that we are, we had to pull out the scales to confirm). Just as important as the savings in weight is the enhanced freedom of movement and full range of motion offered by these rain pants. No longer will your thighs feel constricted or restrained by tight fabric, working against you as you move; the enhanced stretch of the new Artex fabric enables the rider to employ full articulation in the knee and thigh in every pedal stoke, whether you're wearing cycling shorts and street clothes underneath.

 

Kinetic Shift

Reviewed Elite Pro Jacket

 

The weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. Sunshine, hail, high winds, and snow can all happen within a few hours even on a summer day. With this kind of variability you learn to carry a jacket at all times while on the bike.

The Elite Pro jacket is made with a three layer proprietary fabric and is highly waterproof. The wind-blocking is exceptional. Beyond the basics, the jacket is loaded with features designed specifically for cycling. The Elite Pro is light, form fitting and doesn’t flap in the wind. At the waist, it is short in front and ultra-long in the back. This feels a bit awkward when you try on the jacket, but once on the bike, it is spot on. The sleeves have the same style. They feel freakishly long when standing and perfect when on the bike. I’ve learned to cinch the wrist up when off the bike, positioning the sleeves at the wrist to keep them from falling over my hands.

 

Cyclocross Magazine

Reviewed Elite Pro Jacket

The Elite Pro is lightweight, keeps the water out, and it does a heck of a good job allowing perspiration to pass through and away from your body. There are also ample ventilation options, preventing overheating, moisture build-up and the accompanying clammy feeling. Two large pit zips are sealed to keep the weather out when closed, as is the asymmetrical front zipper, which also comes up to the side of your chin to avoid irritating your neck. There’s another zippered ventilation point in back at the base of the neck for even more airflow, and the Velcro cuffs can be adjusted for maximum warmth or for increased venting. The race cut, with the longer back tail, keeps you covered when you get low and aero.

The jacket is predominantly fabricated from Elite 3-ply fabric, which accounts for its extreme lightweight. The side panels of the jacket are constructed of softshell, and both materials offer a bit of stretch, so it won’t flap around in the wind. Riders can opt to wear the Elite Pro Jacket snugly fitted, making it a viable choice for a road race, or perhaps even a super-nasty cyclocross event. It’s light weight, easily compresses into a jersey pocket for on-the-fly layering adjustments and offers a zipped rear pocket to stow your gear. The two-way front zipper is a great feature – unzip from both the top and the bottom to further regulate temperature and adjust the fit.

 

 

Touring Jacket Review

"I recently used my Showers Pass® on a 9-day tour of the Olympic Peninsula. We had heavy rain for 4 of the days and I stayed relatively dry and comfortable. Now, I never leave on a trip without my Showers Pass® and if you ride in the rain or the cold, you shouldn’t either."

-Bike Around the World Blog

 

Tacoma Bike Review
 

Reviewed: Moutain Elite Jacket

 "We sell more Showers Pass® Elite jackets than all other jackets put together. Why? Because nothing else even close to this price does the job even half as well!

With real breathability and actual waterproofing (not just claimed) these jackets are exactly what you have been waiting for so long. There are two Elite jackets in the range, the Elite 2.0 is the one most people are familiar with. The Mountain Elite is Showerspass®’ other eVent jacket and is designed for off road and commuting use. The cut is more casual with a longer front and roomier torso. This jacket also features reinforced elbows for better crash protection and rubberized reinforced shoulders for non-slip back pack usage. The jacket has more pockets and the usual front vents and hood compatibility. We have these in stock now."

 


 
Cross Bike Review



Reviewed: Softshell Trainer
"Given the choice between a winter jersey or a rain jacket, I would choose the Softshell Trainer. This garment rocks the cazbah in form and function! It wears like our favorite sweatshirt from college, only this one is wind and water proof with pockets!"


NEW! Cross Bike Review Video

 


Momentum Magazine - Gear Issue "Editor's Pick"


Issue no.43 - Jan 2010

Reviewed: Portland
"What can I say...love at first sight and after a couple months of hard riding I am still totally infatuated. Pit zips (that you can’t see) a drop tail with reflective coating, softshell fabric that keeps you dry are combined with a tweed look and a great cut. Stylish enough to wear to the club but techie enough to cover all your bases on the bike, this jacket works in rain, sun and wind.




Bicycling


Bike Apparel Reviews - Jan 2010

Reviewed: ProTech
"Testers commented that the ProTech provided "perfect" water protection and breathed very well. It has a medium-tight fit, but is the stretchiest and most forgiving. The material is light and thin, almost to the point of feeling fragile. It rolls up into a tight package that easily fits into a jersey pocket."
 



Dirt Rag


The Mountain Bike Forum

Reviewed: Mountain Elite
"I've been riding with the Showers Pass® Mountain Elite rain jacket this winter here in northern California. It's my number one jacket so I've spent many hours in it in a lot of different conditions."




Outside Magazine - Gear Guy


Outdoor Gear Reviews

Reviewed: Elite 2.0
"An Oregon firm called Showers Pass® has really taken the lead. Its Elite 2.0 ($230) may be one of the best cycling jackets out there."

 




BikePortland.org


BikePortland.org is a daily news source that covers the Portland bike scene— we cover the culture, personalities, businesses, breaking news, and important advocacy issues that define America’s most bike-friendly city.


Reviewed: Portland Jacket, Club Convertibles
"All this adds up to a unique looking, durable and very practical piece of outerwear best suited for cold weather and less than torrential rains like those we frequently have in the jacket’s namesake city."
 



Outside Magazine - Bike Commuting 101


Outdoor Gear Reviews

Reviewed: Elite 2.0, Rain Hood, Hybrid Zip-Off Pants
"The Showers Pass® Elite 2.0 ($230) is a highly breathable, waterproof eVent jacket with lots of venting and smart details; the optional hood fits under a helmet."
 



Portland Jacket - Page 1  Portland Jacket - Page 2, Hybrid Zip-Off Pants


Bicycle Magazine from Pittsburgh focusing on advocacy, utility, and lifestyle.

Reviewed: Portland Jacket, Hybrid Pants
"The jacket is well-tailored to give proper coverage in the riding position, while not looking out of place strolling around. I’m glad to see a medium size that actually fits me."

 

A blog about bikes, bike commuting and more...so much more.

Reviewed: Roadie Pant, Hybrid Zip-Off Pant, Toe Cover, Club Shoe Covers, Elite 2.0
"I have had this coat [Elite 2.0] over a year now and worn it a good bit on my commutes, road rides and even hiking. It is a great coat, the ability to vent from the bottom, arm pits, neck or sleeves can help you regulate your temp really well. You can be comfy in this jacket from 20F to 60F."
 



MTBR.com Consumer Reviews


Direct-from-Consumer Reviews

Reviewed: Elite 2.0
"It's the best I've ever worn...Worst condition used was...in about 30-degree sleet."

 

 

Mountain biking related information and product reviews

Reviewed: Mountain Elite

"The Showers Pass® Mountain Elite feels like a very high quality jacket. The non-slip sections on the elbows and shoulders is a great added feature. Overall…the jacket is comfortable and is ride ready."



BikePacking.net


Off-road touring site focusing on routes, gear and planning.

Reviewed: Elite 2.0
"The Elite 2.0 jacket is the ultimate rain jacket that ALSO works well in cool dry weather."





JT TRain - Outdoor and Cycling Enthusiast


Reviewed: Women's Double Century
"For you tiny women out there (under 5′3″ tall, around the 100 pound range), we all know how difficult it is to find cycling and outdoor gear that fit us! This jacket is just for us."
 

Cycling enthusiast and product reviewer



Heidi Swift - 'Cross is Coming' video

It's Cyclocross Season! Heidi Swift of Team Veloforma made this video to get riders jazzed about the weather...

Reviewed: Women's Elite 2.0






Bike Monkey Magazine
Bike Monkey Magazine photo from San Francisco Momentum Fashion Show

Reviewed: Portland Jacket
Momentum Magazine held a fashion show in San Francisco featuring the latest in functional velo-coutoure. No surprise, the Portland received a lot of positive attention.