Soft for hard rides.
Ideal for cooler temperatures, the Showers Pass Skyline Softshell Jacket is made from a three-layer softshell that's ideal for fall and spring riding. This fabric is both waterproof and highly breathable, so you'll be protected for anything from a drizzle to a downpour.
For crisp and cold seasonal rides, the Skyline is your ticket to warmth, as well as element protection. The softshell breathes well enough to prevent overheating when pushing over mountains. And because it's super stretchy, the Skyline doesn't restrict movement as you shift from the drops to dancing on the pedals.
While the Skyline's material selection provides an excellent range of motion and breathability, it also gets an added dose of ventilation for comfort during muggy afternoon heat. A full length front zipper, underarm zippers, and a flow-through vent at the back of the neck ensure that you won't have to pullover mid-ride to pull off the Skyline.
A drop down tail offers backside coverage from wheel-spray when the roads are damp, and reflective accents increase your visibility to motorists for low-light safety. The jacket also features three rear cargo pockets, a rear zippered security pocket, and a zippered chest pocket for plenty of storage of ride essentials.
The Showers Pass Skyline Softshell Jacket in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Black and Chili Pepper Red.
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- Q & A
Possibly my favorite rain jacket ever.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've ran this jacket through just about everything. I actually trusted it to ride from Salt Lake city to St George Utah. (2 days over 200km). The first day was downpour the ENTIRE TIME. I was never even remotely wet. I'm a cat 1 on the road and I train TONS outside. In the winter I always run fenders on my cross or team bike so the back splash wasn't a huge issue for me, but seriously this jacket is great. Its fit is tight enough to race in, but I bumped up a size so I could layer a bit underneath. Katusha ran these jackets last year at La Primavera (Milan San Remo) and they were awesome then as well.
Flat out not right
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The previous reviewers were absolutely correct. It's a hard shell trying to be a soft shell. Whoever designed the cut must be a Martian - it just doesn't fit any human I know. I have broad shoulders, but the shoulders were baggy. Its very tight across the chest. The tail is at least 6" too short, and because of the bizarre cut it rides up constantly. Every ten minutes I had to pull it down to keep my butt from freezing. The pit zippers are so tiny I couldn't find them with a gloved hand. When I did unzip them the sides splayed out because of the super tight cut across the chest. Its like riding around with your car doors open.
Breathability was poor, but it is absolutely windproof, and quite warm for as light as it is. The one time I wore it the temperature never climbed above 30 F, and I was on shady roads. It was comfortably warm with only a long sleeve jersey underneath. Don't know how it would perform in wet weather, but because it really is a hard shell I'm sure it could handle heavy rain. Too many negatives, and there are much better jackets out there that are as warm.
Showers Pass Skyline Softshell Jacket
Expect better from Showers Pass
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Previous review is spot on. Good quality, well conceived, but poorly executed. For a company as experienced as SP, this jacket is disappointing. Fit is weird with tight chest and arms but billowy lower chest and abdomen. Too short in back and yes, what a strange collar! Way to loose. Overall, fit alone drops this jacket 2 stars.
Lock down zippers on the cuffs but NOT on the main zipper?!?! What are they thinking other than saving cost. Charge a few more dollars and put good quality zippers on the main body.
The membrane is moderately breathable, but not as good as windstopper. I would say it is more breathable than the Rapha softshell I had that cost much more.
The good. Well, the red looks great. I do like the two large pocket design on the back. The mesh liner is also well done. Chest pocket is great. The sleeves overall fit me well and are just the right length.
Too bad. Spend a bit more and stay away from this jacket until SP redesigns it.
Some serious design flaws
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I first got this jacket it looked the bomb. Nice styling, well thought out features (e.g. chest pocket, zipped rear pocket), good use of reflective material. However, after some weeks of riding, I'm pretty disappointed with it, because there are some relatively major design flaws.
First, the cut. Race cut, yes. But in a curious way. Some parts are tight, some are baggy. The material (more on this later!) has little stretch, so this restricts things. The top of the chest and elbows are tight, the lower chest baggy. It's too short at the back (seriously not good for a winter jacket!), the arms are too short. The zipped cuff is not ideal.But the neck is the biggest crime - I wear a Medium (me: 6ft, 160lbs, 39" chest) and the neck is not snug. No sir, far from it! I reckon you'd need to have an 18" neck for this to fit nicely. Big mistake - wind and water get in, it totally defeats the purpose of the jacket.
Second, the material. It's a softshell. Softshell in my book means you sacrifice a bit of weatherproofing for increased breathability, the point being that one jacket should cover a wide range of situations. The thing is... the material isn't that breathable and I get pretty clammy pretty quickly! The nicely designed pit zips help, but it's a serious issue. My hard-shell jacket (eVent) is more breathable, so why would I wear this over that? My mavic softshell (lighter weight) is more breathable, and has panels made of roubaix fabric, which massively help.
It's basically a mid-range hardshell disguised as a softshell, this isn't what I was looking for and I don't see the market for it. Very disappointed: it doesn't fulfil its promise. I've relegated it to commuting duties, where it can cope with most conditions reasonably well (the issue with the neck aside). But for faster paced riding, forget about it!