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“The shorts are easily the lightest / flexiest baggy bike short I've ever ridden. Lovely LOVELY shorts. My fashion-conscious wife even commented that I could "wear them around the neighborhood!" (That's high praise). And they're so comfortable, that sometimes I sit in my bike barn still in the shorts after a long ride and just ponder the state of my life.”
"Because the adjustments are made on the inside of the shorts, it’s very trim on the outside. In fact, the whole fit is surprisingly tailored. If you’re a road biker looking for a more casual short for gravel and want something that can transition to the bar for a drink after a ride, the new Showers Pass Gravel 10″ Shorts are for you. For casual riding for me, they’re lightweight and breathable and have great stretch. I had no problems wearing a pair of chamois with them. The fit and finish is excellent throughout." Read the full review here.
The Crosspoint Softshell TS gloves are extremely useful in rainstorms, snowstorms, hailstorms, and anytime you get caught out in inclement weather. They weigh a decently light 95 grams and aren’t too bulky, making them immanently packable. The gloves are comfortable and easy to slip on and were snug enough not to feel sloppy but weren’t constricting or binding. Compared to minimalist gloves, there is a slight loss of dexterity and tactile feel due to it’s thicker multi-layer design, which is more than made up by its waterproofness and warmth.
The Crosspoint Waterproof Beanie is the latest addition to the line-up, joining the likes of the successful Crosspoint Waterproof Socks and Knit Gloves. Like the waterproof socks, Showers Pass has managed to create a product that exceeds expectations, combining waterproofing with breathability that results in an outstanding product that’s a pleasure to wear.
"I've owned and reviewed many jackets over the last 30 years. From £20 commuter cheapies up to £400 tech'd-out mountain bike range-toppers that wouldn't be out of place on an alpine expedition. At the rarified end of the price spectrum they are all great. They all do the job, keeping you dry, warm and comfortable. Your particular optics may skew your opinion to favouring or bemoaning one particular area – weight, fit, breathability, features, ruggedness, and so on – but it's rare that a jacket, even one costing a very solid three figures, ticks every box, in full. Well, I'd never worn one.
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I loaded my phone, a Shower’s Pass Ultralight Wind jacket, and a wallet in the RainSlinger with heaps of room to spare. The bag definitely has space for more gear than I would want to carry in a hip-pack, which is a good problem to have.[...] I had a chance to ride through a few gnarly rainstorms with the RainSlinger, and all of my gear was dead-on dry when I arrived home.
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The Apex tee has a casual tech tee look, which is a basic staple these days. My go-to is the blue top for a pop of color in photos, and its a great option that looks sporty without screaming “bike nerd”.
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"With the IMBA jacket, Showers Pass has made a truly purpose-built mountain-bike shell that offers solid protection from the elements in a simple and thoughtfully designed package. Its thin material, lightweight construction, and excellent breathability and venting make it a great choice for big days of pedaling in cold and wet weather, or as a packable “just-in-case” shell for those who frequent high-altitude trails with rapidly changing conditions."
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Waterproof socks — they could be THE favorite thing you pack for your next outdoor adventure because the *last* time you got your socks wet, you would've shelled out $50 for dry socks.'
Utilized as a preferred training jacket for professional cyclists, it’s no wonder why the Elite 2.1 jacket is commonly referred to as the gold standard of the Showers Pass lineup. It’s because each offering features Elite™ three-layer ripstop fabrics that are body mapped to maximize breathability, waterproof/windproof protection, seven venting options for when temperatures rise, and long sleeves for full wrist coverage while riding.
Showers Pass refers to the Refuge Jacket as a “do-it-all” jacket and I can see why. It’s quickly become my favorite jacket to wear when it’s raining or the skies are clear. The Refuge Jacket is beautifully designed and made to last.
“A perfect balance of features and performance for the price, that you'll relish pulling on.”
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“As I said, I had all sorts of assumptions about how this bag would wear, that the surface wouldn’t hold up, the zippers would wear out or break, that it would lose all of its amazing structure.
I was wrong on all counts. The bag, despite being through months of abuse (I tend to throw bags and not take care of my gear- ask anyone) and gnarly little adventures, looks and functions as well as the day I got it. And I still use it for almost everything.”
“Showers Pass knows rain and inclement weather and they have taken protection from those elements to a new level with the Showers Pass Refuge jacket.
What makes this jacket so impressive is its versatility. It’s a rain jacket for cycling and hiking. It’s a windbreaker. The Showers Pass Refuge jacket makes you want to intentionally go out in the weather.”
For summer rides I’ll probably carry something a little smaller for ‘just in case’ use, but for the rest of the year this is going to be my go to jacket for the foreseeable future. It’s well thought out, and it works.
“Showers Pass’s tag line for this jacket says it all: Take Refuge from the elements in style.
In both men’s and women’s versions, the Refuge jacket definitely keeps you warm, dry and comfortable in all types of weather. I tested it on cold, wet rides and as added protection from the wind on a 25-degree (-4C) ride.
The waterproof, breathable fabric, removable hood and drop tail make it a great investment. Best of all, this jacket is perfect for multiple uses, including cycling, hiking, skiing, or just being outdoors in the elements.”
"In regards to a rain jacket’s ability to keep you dry from within and without while maintaining durability and affordability, there’s good, better, and best. Although the IMBA Jacket is better at keeping you dry from outside moisture than from moisture within, the inner print is better at recovering from built-up sweat than other hard shells I’ve used. A couple months is hardly enough time to opine on durability, but with taped seams, reinforced shoulders, and quality zippers, I have every bit of confidence I’ll be using this jacket for many a Northwest winter."
"I’ve been using the Crosspoint gloves for a few months now and they’re barely showing any signs of wear, despite hooking them on many a bramble and using them for things like trail maintenance too. I’ve even used them on uplift days when your hands don’t get a chance to warm up on the climb - I’m pretty sure I was the only one wearing a fluro commuter glove but then I was probably the only one with warm hands too. At £34, they’re a perfectly reasonable price for a durable, warm and waterproof glove that doesn’t suck!"
"Overall we both were impressed with this jacket. It feels lightweight and less starchy (restrictive) than some of the other hardshells I have tested. Additionally, It doesn’t bunch up in weird places and it looks damn good. To top off the ‘you should buy this jacket’ list, Showers Pass offers 5% of the net profit from the sales of this $200 garment to support International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). This is an awesome way to invest in a high-end product while doing your part to give back to trail advocacy!" Read the full review here.
"It’s rare that any apparel item does triple duty so well. Showers Pass is helping mountain bikers fight for our rights in trail advocacy, stay dry on the trails, and look good while bar-hopping." read more.
The pattern is a mashup of street maps from 11 great cycling cities, including Portland, Paris, and Washington, D.C. When headlights hit the waterproof fabric, the maps illuminate. Thanks to a brushed lining, the Atlas is comfortable next to the skin.
Tech? There’s plenty, such as long core vents, adjustable cuffs for temperature control, and a zip-off, helmet-compatible hood. There’s even a chest pocket with an audio port, in case you want to listen to Google Maps’ biking directions, just for giggles.
"We had trouble finding a commuter backpack that could adeptly carry two U-locks (a must for quick-release wheels) - until now. Locks fit two straps on either side of this waterproof pack, leaving plenty of room inside for a laptop, change of clothes and even a sixer. Other bike-friendly features include a front pocket that zips out to hold a helmet, and four LED lights that slip into buit-in inserts."
"I really don’t know of a better duffel bag. You can find expedition offerings from Patagonia or The North Face, but obviously those are targeted at climbers who just need to haul a lot of gear. In contrast, the Showers Pass Refuge is sleek, refined and thoughtfully designed for the needs of cyclists. It’s an expensive piece of kit, but it will certainly last for your entire racing career.”
“Of all the gear out there, this one… by all instincts, is rather Evil Robot Overlord – Proof.
It’s one of the best gear bags I’ve ever used."
"The Refuge Waterproof Duffel been durable and has worked extremely well, and the organizational features are outstanding. Everything is very purposeful and is meant to carry almost every conceivable item for a bike ride, including a helmet, water bottles, shoes, apparel, electronics, and nutrition. Besides being the ultimate gear bag for a neat freak and one who likes things to be organized, it creates an environment that makes sure you never leave home without your required ride specific items when they’re placed in their allocated locations. It exudes exceptional quality, excellent materials, and sturdy stitching and it has survived brief rainstorms, and nothing got wet. The integrated rollout changing mat was a welcome feature as was the main compartments movable divider."
"We see a lot of people pedaling around with back packs that are essentially dry bags. While they’re functional, they’re about as user friendly as a waterproof shopping bag with backpack straps.
However, if you were to repurpose those materials, adding usability in the form of compartments, zippers and useful dividers you’d have something special — which is not far off from what Showers Pass has done with their take on the duffle bag.
As a Portland based company that produces products designed for cyclists, you’d expect a bag from Showers Pass to be built for our wet northwest weather. One of three new releases from the new CloudCover Waterproof bags collection, the new duffle is water proof and then some."
"For a woman looking for a pair of shorts to shred or to tour, the Gravel Shorts are an excellent, reasonably-priced option."
"Waterproof performance of the Spring Classic Jacket is excellent as is ventilation as long as you use constantly adjust the ventilating features based on your effort and heat production. Any rain jacket can feel steamy and force perspiration, but the jacket’s ability to manage that and keep you warm and relatively dry that is the mark of success.
The fit, fabrics and design features make the Spring Classic jacket a top performer. If you don’t like a lot of frills, the Showers Pass Spring Classic is pared of all except the necessary."
"But the new Crosspoint Waterproof Socks stayed dry in a drizzle. They kept me warm and happy on a series of rainy rides that might have otherwise given me flashbacks to a rough Pacific Northwest winter. My feet had room to wiggle inside the sock’s three-layer system that includes a knit exterior, a waterproof breathable Artex membrane, and a Merino wool anti-bacterial lining. And they felt more like regular socks—albeit thick socks that take a bit of rolling on and off. I don’t know how long the Crosspoint Waterproof Socks will continue to keep the elements at bay, but so far they’ve been my secret weapon in the battle against miserable feet. Get them in the Merino version I tested or a Hi-Viz Coolmax version and enjoy a nice ride on a day you’d normally stay in."
"The Spring Classic Jacket is one of the two most breathable rain jackets I’ve ever worn. I’ve done four hours in a biblical, Noah-with-a-saw rain, with temps in the low 50s. I chose note to go race pace, but I kept the firm pace required to stay warm, and when I got home my core and arms were damp, but water wasn’t cascading down the inside of the jacket; perspiration has never condensed into whole drops to run down my back."
"in practice, the combinations of well-tailored sizing and an impressive dgeree of waterproofing provides lasting testament to the benefits of professional race development. as mentioned above, the breathability is particularly of note, while as a long-time owner and wearer of a showers pass elite 2.0 hardshell jacket, the ability of the classics jacket to allow pretty much every level of invasive precipitation to simply roll off was a joy to behold."
"Before I got this shirt, I already had a lot of long-sleeved base layers, and none of them would I wear for comfort around the house. That all changed when I got this Showers Pass shirt. Knitted of bamboo and merino wool, it is super soft on the inside thanks to the bamboo, yet it has the insulation, moisture-wicking, and warm-when-wet benefits of wool. It is so soft and luxurious, I like to wear it anytime. Best of all, it is super warm when riding and skiing in cold weather."
"After a few weeks testing the Henley, I found that I had started reaching for it as an everyday shirt to layer with a vest or sweater, instead of choosing it solely for the bike."
"You don’t have to be a big name brand to make a great product. Often, it is the lesser-known brands out there that build the finest gear. Though Showers Pass hasn’t quite reached Patagonia status, they make a phenomenal product! Out of all the hardshell jackets I’ve tested over the years from up and coming brands, I can confidently say that the Showers Pass Refuge Jacket tops my list."
- Nicholas Sirianno
"Like a highly functional iteration of your favorite sweatshirt, the Rogue bridges the urban-technical divide. A cozy fleece lining is encased in a waterproof-breathable exterior, while commuter-friendly elements like reflective trim, a loop for hanging a light, and a helmet-compatible hood make it ideal for winter bike rides."
"Over the last month, I’ve used the jacket both for cycling endeavors and as a shell while cross-country skiing. As promised, the versatility and venting options were plentiful and worked well to keep moisture from sweat at bay while preventing rain and snow from seeping inside. I tested a size medium, and compared to other offerings I’ve worn from Showers Pass, the jacket was proportioned well with good coverage at the waist and wrists with no binding or creep-up when in a cycling position. It also offered grand freedom of motion when skiing. The body of the jacket is cut generously, with room for multiple layers underneath, so you can use the coat in a range of conditions and temperatures."
"Showers Pass was a company I’d never heard of, but after testing the Metro this company seems to be an authority on harsh weather gear. The Metro is one of those products I really get excited to test, since I ride in all weather conditions. It is nice to see how quality products hold up. I feel this jacket is one of those purchases you will make and say “why did I not try this earlier” you can spend a lot of money on high end equipment and not be satisfied with it, but the Metro is a safe bet! I loved the fact that the Metro is so thin but keeps you quite warm, dry and happy. With all the features you get, like the media pocket, easy access rear zippered pocket’s and venting, the Showers Pass Metro is worth the price!"
"Showers Pass is an outfit out of Portland that made its bones with no-nonsense bicycle-commuter garb. In recent years, Showers Pass has expanded its line to include apparel targeted at the more adventurous side of cycling. Consider the Refuge: it works great on the bike—there’s plenty of mechanical venting here that keeps you from steaming alive during hard efforts and the generous drop-tail keeps your backside from collecting all that disgusting road spackle from your rear tire. Not feeling the hood? Just unzip it.
One of the Refuge’s greatest assets, however, is that is works well for any outdoor application that requires a light-yet-rugged waterproof layer. The jacket’s cut isn’t so form fitting that it is constricting—something, unfortunately, true of many cycling rain jackets. You can safely wear the Refuge into the supermarket or gas station without feeling like you are wearing a body condom in public. Always a good thing. When you are paying this much for a piece of apparel, you’ll probably want it to be useful for more than just one activity—the Refuge excels here."
"The Rogue Hoodie is a weather-resistant technical piece with a flattering women’s cut. (There’s also a men’s version.) I liked the fit better than some other women’s jackets from other brands that too often use uber-yoga rock stars — who don’t have any hips or backside — as their fit models. The Showers Pass jacket is snug without being binding and fits comfortably while pedaling with or without a bag over the shoulder. The back has a slightly dropped tail for extra coverage and protection from tire spray, and the arms are a longer cut with wrist gaiters with thumb loops. The wrists are also adjustable via two snaps...
It is not the most technical piece in the Showers Pass lineup of outerwear, but that aspect has its advantages: The Rogue Hoodie is quite versatile. I never choose it for long-distance mountain bike rides (it would pack too bulky), but it’s my first choice while pedaling all over town. Now that I think of it, it’s been my jacket of preference for hiking, car camping, skinning and cross country skiing. If the temps are warmer, it’s perfect over a T-shirt. If it’s colder or I’m skinning in the backcountry, I layer with long sleeve baselayers underneath.
With its great fit and range of technical features, the Rogue Hoodie is a great commuting jacket that can also fill in for your other mountain pursuits."
“Showers Pass has created a good jacket for bike riders and cross-country skiers. The jacket is lightweight, adjustable, easily stow able, and most importantly, comfortable and breathable. The jacket’s ventilation allows it to adjust to a wide variety of condition. It is visible in low light conditions, and offers ample protection in even the worst rain storms."
"The Skyline soft shell jacket from Portland brand Showers Pass is a great option for fast riding in the autumn and spring. It is pretty closely fitted so you can't fit as many layers underneath as some so depending on your build you may find that it's not for the coldest months of winter. But for fast club rides or even winter racing I found it worked a treat."
"When your company name makes reference to crappy weather, you better be able to make a damn good rain jacket. Well, Showers Pass is a company dedicated to making inclement weather bearable and the Refuge model that you see here more than qualifies as “good”. In fact, it’s the best jacket I’ve tested all season and that’s saying a lot. We’ve tested some top notch models, but the Refuge still shines."
Casual trousers you can cycle in have been a pretty mixed bag. A very mixed bag actually. So I'm happy to report that the Showers Pass Rogue Pant (that's the last usage of the word 'pant' you'll see here; I'm British for goodness' sake) is a very well thought out garment that's smart and comfortable both on and off the bike.
"A first ride opportunity arrived the morning after the jacket did, providing almost two hours of wind-driven heavy rain in which to ride and, in this unfortunate case, stop to fix a puncture. the planned ride was deviated from long enough to collect another inner tube from the bike shed before continuing to debbie's for coffee and a toastie. though the coffee stop adheres to no specific dress code, it seemed only polite to remove the elite pro jacket when supping froth, an act that revealed a bone dry inner jersey and armwarmers. with the rain obviously retreating in the face of an increasing wind, the ride home became a smidgeon toasty at which point open sleeves and the two side-vents comfortably accommodated the increase in temperature. though the foregoing can be easily adjusted from the saddle, even by inept riders such as myself, i confess i had to stop for a minute or two to open the neck vent.
perhaps not a problem experienced by alexander kristoff in motion, but also a less than troubling interlude for the less competitive.
the elite, breathable fabric is impressively thin, considering all that it manages to achieve on our behalf. it's also nice to see that the words showers pass are highly visible both on the side panels and the dropped tail, and the bright orange ought to minimise the likelihood of anyone saying 'sorry mate, i didn't see you.'."
"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."
"....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."
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.
The Showers Pass Skyline pant…the summaryComfortable: 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).
"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."
"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."