Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Logan, UT
Bikes: one bike for every day of the week
I have one and I'm very pleased with it. I bought the detachable hood which is generally stashed in the trunk bag. Unless it's actually raining, I find it impedes my visibility too much. I also have their rain pants and use them here and there but they're much heavier duty than I generally need. My Mountain Hardwear Epic pants get used more often.
Although I don't generally commute below -5C, I would think it would work as an exterior layer at -15C. I have room for more layers but I have a tough time finding days to ride when it's that cold. The weather here typically goes from an inversion with air quality so bad I won't ride to snowing too heavily for me to ride to downright nasty cold (-20C) and then back to the inversion. I'm also accused of having a built in furnace though and usually get by with one layer less than everybody else.
I think the Elite and Elite 2 jackets are built more like their rain pant. I may get one at some point but it's difficult to justify here in the desert. Until I go touring through Washington or Oregon, I'll probably do without.
Bit by bit, I keep adding base layers and jackets and pants and covers to my collection to address whatever is currently getting cold so I may get down to -15C eventually.