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Old 05-10-19, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Archwhorides View Post
The site you shared is discounting that Gore shell very heavily, that is a very good deal. Word of warning, the Gore cycle jacket version is very slim, I ended up getting a hiking version from North Face to fit my build.
I'm slim athletic cut, so it's not a problem. 220 seems to be RRP, which is reasonable/inexpensive. Still much less than standard office apparel.

Won't touch North Face even though I have a nice outlet shop 10 mins walk from house. Even at outlet prices, the quality is too low at that price point. I find Musto equipment much better at a similar price point.

Just my two cents, your milage may vary.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Won't touch North Face even though I have a nice outlet shop 10 mins walk from house. Even at outlet prices, the quality is too low at that price point. I find Musto equipment much better at a similar price point.
LOL, I'm not a NF fan either, but I made an exception for this item, and it seems to be well put together thus far. Another particularity of this particular Gore fabric is that being two-layer with the membrane on the outside, the face material is not durable, so wearing a back-pack is not recommended. I use panniers so this doesn't bother me, but some will find this durability issue a non-starter (along with the Model-T black finish).
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Old 05-11-19, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Archwhorides View Post
Gore's latest two layer Active Shakedry fabric is getting damned close to waterproof/breathable perfection:
  • breathability: 50,000 g/m2/24hrs
  • waterproofness: 20,000 mm.
This stuff is quite amazing, absence of pit zips is practically unnoticed (but the $$$ price tag is very noticeable).
Wow this stuff looks great!
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Old 05-11-19, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
Showers Pass.
+1 on the Showers Pass. I have been using one of their Elite line of jackets for a couple of years (live in this thing, actually, with long commute) and contrary to other posts, my experience is that I can ride for an hour in continual rain at 40F and get to work with my wool layer just a little damp (not wet at all). The bright green jacket also has little blinky lights built into wrist and lower back, and big reflective panels on the side. Zipper needed some repair, so now am real careful to only pull it straight up or down and never outward.
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Old 05-11-19, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by ever1ast15 View Post
Hello all. Looking for a good quality waterproof jacket to wear in the spring and summer on those rainy commuting days. I am new to commuting by bike and need to find a jacket that I can wear that won't deter me form riding when there is rain in the forecast.
I find that high quality non-waterproof jerseys dry out very quickly, especially if you maintain a pace that keeps a good breeze moving over you. I have a nice Cannondale waterproof jacket but it doesn't pack well and I work up quite a sweat while wearing it.
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Old 05-11-19, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by jack k View Post
I find that high quality non-waterproof jerseys dry out very quickly, especially if you maintain a pace that keeps a good breeze moving over you. I have a nice Cannondale waterproof jacket but it doesn't pack well and I work up quite a sweat while wearing it.
What are the specs on the jacket?
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Old 05-11-19, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by RidingMatthew View Post
yes they do! sorry it made me chuckle.

no jacket is waterproof and breathable as has been said. I have a Altura rain jacket and Endura windchill jacket that has seen rain once or twice. they both do well but I only worry with the rain jacket if it is cold and rainy. It is hard to get motivated to leave the house in the rain without the jacket but it is warm. I think pit zips are vital to venting. I wish both jackets could zip up from the bottom. I think rain hits you more when riding a drop bar bike on the chest and shoulders and arms.

the windchill allows heat to evaporate and it hasn't been in a drenching rain. plus i ride slower in the rain because can hurt at 17-18 mph
Showers Pass jackets are good compromises between waterproof and breathable. That is why they are a popular choice.

In the warm-hot summer, sometimes not wearing a jacket and getting wet is the best choice.
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Old 05-12-19, 05:21 AM
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I know @GeneO it just made me laugh when Alan S said it. I know they are good jackets.

I like the one one with the city streets in reflective over the entire jacket.
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Old 05-12-19, 10:53 AM
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I use the showers pass elite as a shell all winter rain or shine. The ventilation is great.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:12 AM
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Got my Showers Pass jacket last night, wore it this morning. It was supposed to shower, but there wasn't a drop, the good news is it wasn't sweaty and miserable in the jacket either, def more breathable than the Frogg Toggs. I'll update when it actually rains as well, but so far so good.

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Old 05-14-19, 08:45 AM
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@josephjhaney that is great to hear. looking forward to the update.
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Old 05-15-19, 07:10 AM
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Fairly steady rain for the first 20 mins of the ride home last night, stayed completely dry. This jacket is exactly what I was looking for, and at 50 bucks used it was a steal. Showers Pass gets a thumbs up from me!

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Old 05-15-19, 11:27 AM
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I realize the OP found a nice jacket, just thought I would add one more for consideration for others who find this thread.

My Trail, storm jacket. At 52 I could lose a few microbrew pounds around the waist, the my trail is cut a little generous so that I can wear a sweater underneath. I had some drizzle for 9 miles coming home last night from the pub (I'm trying to work it off), and started out too cold. Went full pit zip and got too hot. A half pit zip was just right. For comparison my O2 primary jacket is also a great bit of kit but only in the summer as I cant really put some warm casual clothes on underneath it, and the pit zips are smaller. I never use the back pocket anyway. The mytrail jacket has also recently finished 3 days of paddleboarding the san juan river in some cloudy and drizzle conditions and it held up well, so I'm not worried about longevity. I wore it paddling and around camp for three days straight.

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Old 05-18-19, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
What are the specs on the jacket?
69% nylon, 31% polyurethane, mesh ventilation inserts are 100% polyester. It has a removable upper which converts the thing into a vest. I believe it is this:

https://www.amazon.com/Cannondale-Mo...s%2C172&sr=8-4
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Old 05-18-19, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by josephjhaney View Post
Got my Showers Pass jacket last night, wore it this morning. It was supposed to shower, but there wasn't a drop, the good news is it wasn't sweaty and miserable in the jacket either, def more breathable than the Frogg Toggs. I'll update when it actually rains as well, but so far so good.

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Which model did you get?
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Old 05-21-19, 10:59 AM
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...and the sweat will cause the jacket to stick to your skin resulting in less flexible movement when it's needed.
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Old 05-23-19, 08:25 AM
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Which model did you get?
Showers Pass Elite. Has pit zips, and rear ventilation flap. Does a great job in the 40 to 60 degree F range, actually a little cool in the 40's, but that's better than sweating like I did in the Frogg Toggs at the same temp.

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Originally Posted by josephjhaney View Post
Showers Pass Elite. Has pit zips, and rear ventilation flap. Does a great job in the 40 to 60 degree F range, actually a little cool in the 40's, but that's better than sweating like I did in the Frogg Toggs at the same temp.

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Looks similar to the Urban Circus jacket I got last year. Got it when they were kickstarting it so got it for $100 CDN. I use it in cold weather and in cool weather rain. Has underarm and back ventilation plus zipper unzip from the bottom and the top so allows multiple options to cool down. It's very reflective as can be seen below. Got many comments about its reflectiveness.

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I bought the Gore Shakedry Stretch Jacket last year and we have had an extreme amount of rain this year. I have loved the lightweight, totally dry riding with no condensation. It is form fitting so it does not flap in the breeze, but I can still add or subtract layers depending on temperature to keep the sweat to a minimum. The best $250 I have ever spent on a jacket!
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Marmot Minimalist. Goretex is the only way to go. Breathes but also completely waterproof.
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I bought the Gore Shakedry Stretch Jacket last year and we have had an extreme amount of rain this year. I have loved the lightweight, totally dry riding with no condensation. It is form fitting so it does not flap in the breeze, but I can still add or subtract layers depending on temperature to keep the sweat to a minimum. The best $250 I have ever spent on a jacket!

i am blaming you for all the rain haha !
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i am blaming you for all the rain haha !
I'll take it!

The reservoirs in California are full to the brim. Photo from this weekend's Bikepacking trip where it rained both nights!

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I'll take it!

The reservoirs in California are full to the brim. Photo from this weekend's Bikepacking trip where it rained both nights!

cool picture and glad that CA has some rain stores!
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The reservoirs in California are full to the brim. Photo from this weekend's Bikepacking trip where it rained both nights!
The Mississippi is more than full. Pictures taken on Sunday

Rain has been for more than two nights in the Midwest. Amtrak service is diverted due to high water at the station in Burlington, IA but the coal trains still get through.
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