I had high expectations for the Showers Pass Women’s Elite 2.1 Jacket. I mean the company is called Showers Pass, they are based out of Portland (it rains there everyday, right?) and it has a price tag of $240.
So far the jacket has not disappointed. Turns out that those NW commuters know something about making a great rain jacket that also works well in the mountains. There are Velcro-adjustable gusseted cuffs, two-way front zip, pit zips and a large back vent help regulate airflow and avoid the overheating that most rain jackets cause. The Elite jacket utilizes state of the art eVent fabric. eVent is a highly breathable waterproof fabric and has a 50% increased vapor transmission over standard Goretex, as documented by US military testing at the material science laboratory in New Jersey, USA. I guess that explains the price tag.
I have used it a lot this Spring in windy conditions were it didn’t rain but I needed protection from our cold spring gusts. The breathable fabric and pit zips kept my body temp just right. In about a month or so we will hit the monsoon season here in SW Colorado. If I plan to ride anytime after 11am in the mountains I need to have a serious jacket that will keep me dry. When those monsoon rains hit they can be powerful and the temperature drops fast (from 70s to 50s and then back to 70s). My mind will be at ease knowing the Women’s Elite 2.1 Jacket is tucked in my hydration pack during those rides.
Other product features:
- New AquaGuard Vislon 2-way water resistant front zipper with Storm Flap
- Fully seam taped for wind and waterproofness
- Core Vents and large back vent for flow thru ventilation
- Chest pocket with audio port and large back pocket
- Exclusive airflow–regulating gusseted cuffs
- 360 degrees of 3M reflective trim for maximum visability
- Soft Micro–Chamois collar
- Cinch Cord at collar and hem
- Hood compatible via hook and loop attachment points at collar