Let it rain.
The Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket gives you all the protection you need to stay dry during rainy commutes or training rides. Made from highly breathable and water blocking eVent 3L fabric, this jacket will fend off the rain and keep you dry no matter how long you're out there.
The Elite 2.1 comes with fully taped seams to make sure not even a drop of water sneaks its way into the jacket, and a drop-tail back design protects from wheel spray. Vents at the chest and back add to the jacket's breathability with additional airflow to keep things cool and reduce chances of overheating. The Elite 2.1 Jacket also includes 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective paneling to increase visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.
- Elite 3L fabric
- Drop-tail design
- Chest and back vents
- Chest and back zippered pockets
- 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective paneling
- Fully taped seams
- Item #SHO0045
What do you think about this product?
January 11, 2020
Returned due to fit
I returned immediately after trying this on because the length of the sleeves is inadequate for a cycling jacket. With my arms extended to the distance of the drops of my bars, the sleeves reach to mid-wrist. The rest of the sizing (through the chest and torso) is fine but the sleeves are not cut for a purpose-built cycling jacket. I might have considered a medium but the width of the sleeves is already enormous (beyond any reasoning I can think of) and I would end up with a huge fold-over at the wrist to prevent the dreaded wizard sleeve effect. I have short arms by almost any standard but if you are a true t-rex this might work for you as long as you have massive forearms to take up the excess material. The construction seems good but I think that showers pass spent all their time on the waterproofing and breathability and not enough time on fit. If they were to pair up with rapha it would be a winner.
October 4, 2019
Excellent commuter jacket.
I'm into my 4th fall season - probably 400 hours and 5,000 miles of riding through winter in the foothills of the Cascade mountains in WA. Showers pass has made two free, minor repairs to the jacket. Very breathable, and tough for it's light weight. Still wish it had more than 1 front pocket, other than that, no complaints.
May 23, 2019
Stashed for Commuting Weather
Jacket is solid, well made and the cut is perfect for cycling. I'm 5'10" and 154# and usually order Small jerseys for a bit more race-fit. That was too small in this jacket - fit my body, but sleeves ended up too short when stretched out and I didn't think the back drop covered enough. Returned / exchanged for Medium.
March 31, 2017
Exactly What I Wanted
The fit thing for me is always a complicated matter. In street clothes I'd take a large, generally speaking. If long sleeves are involved I often have to make do with XL and live with the body. I'm not built like a "cyclist," as my shoulders/pecs are much larger than might be considered ideal for "cyclist." Overall body fat is is not an issue. At 63, it is within the normal range - 19 to 22%, depending on the day. OK, the sleeves work well with my 35in arms. The fit in the shoulders and back is comfortable, even though the body is a bit "flappy" in the breeze. Overall, the XL choice was spot on. I live on the Central Coast of CA in Monterey County. It is generally cool and breezy here most of the year and I can wear this every day riding along the coast. The generous vents in the jacket and large, but adjustable, sleeve openings make it almost a daily pick. This is especially true when the ride starts in the morning. The large rear pocket supplements the normal jersey pockets, but the single side zip is not as convenient. Things do stay secure and dry, however. Something not a problem for me that might be to others is the fact that it doesn't pack small. I can put it in my frame pack or saddle bag, but others may not have these options. One funny thing that has happened, and it is probably a result of my necessary "sizing up" decision, is that the long tail sometimes hangs up on the back of my saddle when I put a leg down at a stop. I've not figured out how to mitigate this, yet, but ultimately will. This is by no means a real issue, only an interesting problem. This is a great bit of kit.
March 27, 2017
Pros: * Blocks wind like a champ * Ventilates well through side and back vents * Lightweight * Good visibility * Long arms to with velcro closures to keeps wrists and arms warm * Relatively tight-fitting neck to prevent unwanted drafts CONS * My only minor beef is a slightly fiddly zipper and lack of front pockets (one large back pocket) RECOMMENDATION If you are looking for a well-made, highly functional jacket to keep out rain and wind, but also ventilates nicely and packs down small, this is the jacket for you. Best cycling jacket I've owned in a long time.
August 25, 2015
Great cold weather wind/rainbreaker
Also good for warmer conditions (50's+), due to chest-underarm venting, zipper-open from the bottom, and back vent. eVent is excellent. It is out-of-patent "naked" Gore Tex (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene), ePTFE, but lacks Gore-Tex's polyurethane treatment to slow skin-oil clogging of the PTFE "pores". Gore's polyurethane coating works, but it also reduces the PTFE pore sizes. eVent has larger pore sizes, so is more breathable, letting water vapor go from the inside to the outside faster, while sill repealing outside water droplets. But it does "clog" faster, i.e. you have larger pores to start, but they get smaller faster. I've used Nikwax Tech wash and post-wash treatment. The two products work. Kind of expensive. I can't tell you why they work better than a cheaper detergent. Maybe somebody can explain.
Mark Schooley MD
February 2, 2016
June 9, 2015
Perfect wind and rain jacket
Cannot say enough about this jacket. Very light, great fit - neither too tight nor too loose and I followed the sizing guide (200 lbs, 41" chest, 38" waist measured over my clothing). I usually take XL to XXL(Euro) in jerseys. The Elite Pro was a little snug and lighter but this is just great. Even while riding with wind, this jacket is silent. No flapping sounds from this jacket. Breathes well and so far in 70 degree weather with the pit vents and cuffs opened, it was like I was riding without a jacket. I like that the back vent is covered by a storm flap so when it rains, the vent is open. The only negative is minor in that the back vent cannot be closed like on the Elite Pro but to me having the option to be open in the rain without water getting in is better. Was hoping for a Hi Vis Yellow but it wasn't available so I grabbed this in the red. With the reflective wide stripes and the color, you can easily be seen by everyone. Have worn this on 4:30 AM rides and afternoon rides and everything in between. It cannot be stowed as tight as the ElitePro but it can be bundled small enough to tightly fit a good sized jersey pocket but with all the venting and breath-ability, I could not see a reason one would have to take it off. Have used it in the rain and works well at keeping me dry. Very satisfied owner.
November 6, 2014
Great outer shell
Def. paid a bit more than others, but from experience I know that you generally will get back you pay for and I already have enough $100ish gear to know I needed to up the budget if I really wanted a shell that would keep me on the roadie this winter. Initial impression is that this is a solidly made jacket. It's fully wx proof, and even though I don't do much wet riding it's a nice feature to have anyways. As for the "fitted" claim in the description, I would say that's subjective: by European / pro / high performance demanding cyclist standards the fit is probably more "relaxed". But for the majority like me who don't require nor want a tight race fit, you'll be happy with this. After all, it is sealed to keep rain out while also claiming to be breathable and therefore having some real estate inside is going to be required in order to allow adequate air venting when you starting getting warm. I can attest that you can easily layer under the jacket (I expect to have a wool base and a thermal long sleeve jersey on my worst days, and they'll fit just fine) but the material is solid enough that it isn't going to flap around like flag on a gusty day. For me, controlling sweating is always an issue, and I was drawn and am pleased by the various venting options - lengthy pit/torso zips, dual front zippers means you can open up vertically either direction, adj. hook/loop cuffs and a generous but covered back vent. There's also waist tightening bungy cords on either side and another at the neck, plus hook/loop patches around neck for attaching the hood (sold separately). The cut is as should be - dropped tail for coverage, a bit higher in the front so not in way when in aggressive road cycling position, and long sleeves. Goldenrod color is great - highly visible yet fashionable compared to "trashy" neon yellow. I'm 6'0, 230 lbs. with broad shoulders and XL fits perfect. XXL was way to big (tried both).
November 6, 2014
PS - there is some weight on this jacket compared to the pro / high performance jackets out there which may cost similar. At approx. 440g it's not the lightest but far from the heaviest jacket out there. You'd only care about this if you're a high performance pro or a weight weeny!
October 12, 2014
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket