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Because you perform better when you're dry.
When you're going for a long ride in variable conditions, your best bet is a packable rain shell. But when the forecast calls for unrelenting rain, and you refuse to be kept inside, you'll need something more substantial. Whether a commuter, or a winter training junkie, you'll have all the protection you need with the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket. And despite its generous coverage and incredible moisture blocking capabilities, it's designed to effectively evacuate sweat. This way, you won't end up soaking from the inside out. This truly is elite-level protection for enduring harsh weather in the saddle.
As anyone who's ridden long and hard in the rain is able to attest, sealing out rain doesn't do much good if your jacket turns into a terrarium as soon as you start pedaling. That's why Showers Pass chose eVent 3L fabric for the Elite 2.1 jacket. eVent is widely respected across outdoor disciplines as one of, if not the most, breathable shell materials around. It accomplishes this feat by having millions of pores per-square-inch, which are small enough to block out beaded water, while being large enough to allow your sweat vapor to evaporate through. And to ensure that the fabric doesn't solely bear the load of controlling the climate inside your jacket, there are vents at the chest and the back in order to provide plentiful airflow.
The Elite 2.1 is, as you'd expect, cut for logging long hours on the bike. This means that there's a drop-tail for deflecting wheel-spray and keeping your backside covered. Meanwhile, the core has a close, conforming fit in order to keep flapping to a minimum, even when you're in the drops. The sleeves are generously long in order to accommodate a stretched out position. And further enhancing the functionality is a zippered pocket at the back, accessible from the right side of the jacket. Smaller items are able to be stored in the zippered media pocket on the chest. Especially useful is the 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective paneling, which improves your visibility to motorists in critical low-light conditions.
The Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Goldenrod, and Ocean Blue.