Showers Pass Elite vs. Century jacket?
380 grams or 13.5 ounces (large size)
270 grams or 9.5 oz (large size)
From what I've read here and on the Showers Pass website the Elite jacket is better suited for cold weather riding. Does that mean the Century jacket is more tolerable in warm weather than the Elite? Or should I simply get a poncho/rain cape instead?
What are the differences in the fabric?
FWIW I found this to be the most comfortable “warm” weather rain gear that I have tried:
And it works well in cold weather too.
My wife and I just bought the Century. I'll let you know in a couple days how it works. Not that cold here in NC yet, but suppose to rain next week so I'll put it through it's paces.
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.
I emailed the company and got a quick and helpful response. The Century jacket may be uncomfortable over temperatures over 15C (59F) but it's highly dependent on the person.
The Elite prevents rain. I've mentioned it in other threads: I've had my Elite for about 3 weeks and it has still not rained on my commute. Now it's 70 degrees here today so I wouldn't wear it anyway. Rain is forecast from about midnight to 6 am. Can the Century prevent rain?
You could always go for a ride in the rain. I ordered an Elite jacket as well. Did you try the shoe covers? I'm still a bit unclear about how well they fit/are supposed to fit.
Go for a ride in the rain? You mean like, while not riding to work? Can I do that? Just go for a bike ride? Huh.
Seriously, I'm usually too busy chasing the kids around on the weekends to go for rides plus my right knee was acting up on Friday. It may come to that, though. ...and I have not tried the shoe covers. I am waiting for the medium pants though.
Real Human Being
what do you guys think of the goldenrod color for the elite? would you wear a safety vest over that?
i'd hate to do it but i think i'd feel more comfortable with a brighter color than the goldenrod.
I already have three rear lights/blinkers of varying strengths, a flashing light and a steady light up front plus the ankle bands and the reflective strips on the bike. I have a vest as well but I think it's overkill for my needs with a goldenrod jacket. Your needs may differ though.
I wear a safety vest on top when it's dark.