I have an Elite jacket and have used it for two seasons of commuting and training. The Elite Jacket is not what I would call heavy. It does very well in warm weather, like fall and spring time rain showers. It's strength is how well that it wicks and breathes, but the pit zips and the back vent give you a lot of opportunity to manage air flow across your body when it is warmer out. In the cold it is not as good as something that strictly wind blocks, but it is plenty good with the right combination of layers.
If you are going to be doing a lot of rain commuting, get the hood. It is the best thing that I have found for staying dry. I commuted in along the tail end of a flash flood one day this fall, the kind where your feet dip down into the wet with each pedal stroke, and the hood made a huge difference in keeping my head, neck and shoulders dry.
Last edited by rule; 10-04-06 at 09:32 AM.