Stay dry on long rides.
Staying dry on your bike can be quite a conundrum. Either you wear a rain jacket, which keeps the water off but seals your sweat in, or you go light and get rained on, but at least you're not sweating. Showers Pass provides a third option, though: the breathable, waterproof, and heavily vented Double Century RTX Women's Jacket.
It's lightweight and incredibly packable, but the RTX's real money maker is the Artex 2.5-layer membrane which, combined with fully taped seams and a water-resistant DWR coating, blocks precipitation while remaining extremely breathable. You'll stay dry on both sides, even if you're spending hours in the saddle. Artex's Double Charcoal print helps keep a layer of air between your skin and the fabric, preventing the build-up of clammy moisture with instant vapor transfer, and the RTX's plethora of core, back, cuff, and front-zip venting options let you nail the perfect amount of ventilation for all temperatures, power outputs, and intensities of precipitation.
Plenty of small touches help take the RTX over the top. 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective taping helps keep you visible in low-light conditions, and an included light attachment at the back lets you ride even when you're the only light source. The chest pocket has an audio port and the zippered rear pocket keep gels, goos, or house keys handy. There's even a soft micro-chamois collar lining so your chin won't rub when you tuck your head down against howling headwinds or whipping rain. A cinch cord at the drop-tail hem keeps out wheel spray, and an available hood (sold separately) attaches easily for extra coverage.
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- Q & A
Not quite right
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I was hoping that this jacket would be light weight enough that it could fit in my jersey pocket. It is too heavy and it would be a struggle. It is beautifully made with nice pockets and a really high neck but I need something a little more simple and streamlined. I ordered XS, according to the size chart, and it was still a little loose in the body but a little too tight across the shoulders. The plum color is lovely but not quite as bright as I had hoped.