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Old 09-22-19, 09:29 PM
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Gore Active C5, Shake Dry C5, or Shower Pass Transit QC

I need a new rain jacket for commuting in Vancouver during the winter. My current jacket isnít even close to appropriate for a rain jacket at all - a Pearl Izumi Elite Convertible. I have used it as my rain jacket (combined with a thermal jersey and a thin merino shirt) in the winter, but it doesnít really stop the rain.

I like the cut of it, however. Itís pretty tight, partially cause Iím kind of fat, but I like it because it doesnít feel bulky when Iím riding. Thatís why the Gore Active or Gore Shakedry C5 appeals to me, but the Shower Pass Transit seems like almost the defacto rain commuter jacket.

The Gore Active is nice cause I could wear a backpack with it, although i use panniers when itís raining which sort of renders that point moot. It just seems like itís a bit more flexible that way.

Does any one have any any opinions on these?
Yes I know they are very differently priced. I am not worried about that at all.
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Old 09-23-19, 12:32 AM
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Have a Showers Pass Transit, myself. Got it one size larger, to allow for more layering choices and a bit more room. Nice jacket.

Definitely not a packable size. Good back vent, full-length pit zips, adjustable wrist straps, so fairly good airflow can be maintained even up to about 60 degrees. I've had it on warmer rides, but I get a bit toasty then. Have had it down to ~0ļF or so, and it's fine ... so long as you pick your layers properly.

It's capable of withstanding a full downpour, keeping you dry almost without regard to how hard it's raining. It breathes a little bit, perhaps, but not much. Need to rely on the vent and pit zips, for that.

Comes in lots of sizes, so it can be a good choice for taller, wider or smaller folks. It's a somewhat roomier fit, overall. Definitely not an athletic, trim fit to the cut.

To clean it: wipe it down, occasionally, with a damp washcloth and hang it to dry.

Would highly recommend it. A good, solid jacket choice.
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Old 09-23-19, 06:15 AM
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I'm a big guy (260 lbs) and sweat a lot.

I been using a Gore Active shell for the last few years, and it is really great for all weather temps below 55F (too warm above that).

I purchased a Gore Shakedry jacket last year and the sizing was ridiculously small for an XXL, I couldn't even zip it closed. I quickly replaced it with a Northface Shakedry hiking shell with hood; the NF is spacious and comfortable for layering, packs into a tiny space in my pannier, and quite a bit less $$ that the Gore versions.

I really like the Shakedry fabric, it is more breathable than any other that I've encountered by far, with excellent water resistance, and no outside fabric to soak up moisture and require drying. The downside is the absolute lack of abrasion-resistance, and the high price.
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Have a Showers Pass Transit, myself. Got it one size larger, to allow for more layering choices and a bit more room. Nice jacket.

Definitely not a packable size. Good back vent, full-length pit zips, adjustable wrist straps, so fairly good airflow can be maintained even up to about 60 degrees. I've had it on warmer rides, but I get a bit toasty then. Have had it down to ~0ļF or so, and it's fine ... so long as you pick your layers properly.

It's capable of withstanding a full downpour, keeping you dry almost without regard to how hard it's raining. It breathes a little bit, perhaps, but not much. Need to rely on the vent and pit zips, for that.

Comes in lots of sizes, so it can be a good choice for taller, wider or smaller folks. It's a somewhat roomier fit, overall. Definitely not an athletic, trim fit to the cut.

To clean it: wipe it down, occasionally, with a damp washcloth and hang it to dry.

Would highly recommend it. A good, solid jacket choice.
Ditto to all of the above, including the recommendation. Also more reflective area than many sashes and vests!

I think I saw SP was discontinuing this model last spring, so get one pronto if you can find it in your size.
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