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Old 04-23-09, 10:53 AM   #1
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Showers Pass Elite 2.0 - problems with sizing? Hate the waist up cut?

I ordered a Shower's Pass Elite 2.0 jacket in red because I heard good things about it as a rain jacket and was able to try on the yellow and it looked damn good for cycling gear. I'm 6"0 with a 32" inseam.

Now first let me say that I do like the jacket - love all the vents you can open up to cool down. So far it's made a great windblocker in the winter and a good jacket while the weather is still a little cooler. As people on the forum have said, it breaks way better than like my winter ski jacket (tried it on the bike - yikes) though not as good as a regular jersey. But that's not my problem.

My problem is that I ordered a Large and it arrived and - wearing it, it looks good. Considering it's cycling gear, it looks great! Looks sharp. The drop tail looks a little odd, but it's so useful I'm more than happy to have it rather than not have it. But - it's just waaay to short. The way that the waist curves up in the front is really annoying - it looks funny kind of funny but more importantly it makes the jacket to short. If it was straight across the waist it would be fine, but because it curves up the bottom of the jacket ends up and inch above the belt buckle on my pants. So that's not going to work - a rain jacket can't have gaps, both for rain and because for winter cycling, gaps can mean frostbite - yikes.

I just hate that it's raised in the front. Ugly, to short, and of dubious value - so it doesn't bunch up while you're riding? Big deal, I'd rather have something that doesn't look so odd. Also, the sleeve length could use another inch - it's fine most of the time, but if I bend my elbows it can slip back on my arm (bad for wearing gloves that seal over it at the sleeve).

So I ordered the XLarge and exchanged it without to much hassle - it's great that you can do this with shower's pass. Awesome.

So I've got the XLarge and the sleeves fit excellently - I'm 100% comfortable with the sleeves and they never slide back. The waist height is a lot better - might be an inch to long if anything, but I barely notice the cut up in the waist in the front because the whole jacket is longer. BUT - there's enough room around the chest to fit a second person in the jacket! Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating, but I was seriously able to fit a small backpack under the jacket the last time I went riding. I can pull the jacket out in front of me to twice the space I need.

And it doesn't look good any more - it looks like it's to big and baggy, and it lost that "sharp" look. The jacket has pockets, but they're annoying to use because the jacket is so baggy if you put anything in them they flop around while you're riding.

So Large is to small, and XLarge is to large - sigh. I found out they make another jacket that sounds like it's more my thing - their Touring jacket is longer, no cut up in the front, has front pockets - sounds great. But it's not made with eVent. Erg.

Anyone else have problems with the sizing on their Shower's Pass Elite 2.0 jacket, or is it just me? Other than the sizing, I've rather liked the jacket...
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Personally, I like the fit, but I have a completely different body type (5' 8", 155 lbs., 32-33" waist). I wear a medium.
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Can you get it tailored?
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I came very close to ordering a Showers Pass jacket when biketiresdirect.com had them on sale this spring, but what held me back was what I had heard about their fitting issues. Apparently many people find that their jackets fit unusually large, and I was unsure what size to order. They had no sizing information on their web site, so I sent them an email. They sent me a chart that was so complicated it would take a PhD in physics to decipher it. I ended up ordering a Craft rain jacket because I had some of their other jerseys and jackets and knew it would fit me perfect, which is does.
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Anyone else have problems with the sizing on their Shower's Pass Elite 2.0 jacket, or is it just me? Other than the sizing, I've rather liked the jacket...

You sound like a tall skinny guy,,I'm 5'9" at 200+lbs and ordered a XL. I have long arms and the sleeves are a smidge long but for my fat gut and wide shoulders it's perfect. It's designed for average proportioned people, get outside the average and it shows.

What I had problems with are the pants. I was told medium would fit me as they're good for 40" waists and 31" inseam. I'm close to 37" waist and it was not possible to put them on. So I got a large which is a bit long but acceptable in the waist but I was surprised to find the butt a bit tight.
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Can you get it tailored?
I was thinking about that, though how safe would that be to do with a rain jacket? It's not the kind of thing where they can just cut it and sew it...
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You sound like a tall skinny guy,,I'm 5'9" at 200+lbs and ordered a XL. I have long arms and the sleeves are a smidge long but for my fat gut and wide shoulders it's perfect. It's designed for average proportioned people, get outside the average and it shows.

What I had problems with are the pants. I was told medium would fit me as they're good for 40" waists and 31" inseam. I'm close to 37" waist and it was not possible to put them on. So I got a large which is a bit long but acceptable in the waist but I was surprised to find the butt a bit tight.
I'm 6"0 inches, inseam of 32", 190-205 depending on the time of year, how much activity I'm doing etc etc.

I do tend to kind of have a longer torso than average, as I've noticed from trying to ride in the back seat of peoples cars (no head room). Other people 6"0 seem to have more headroom than I do.

Just wish I could get it in a Large + 1/2 (halfway between Large and XLarge), slim fit...just can't believe the jacket is so short. Seems like for a protective piece of clothing like a rain jacket, it's would be way better to error on the side being to long than to short...
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