Showers Pass Mountain Elite Jackets

Durable, breathable, packable; and rides as hard as you do. The exceptionally breathable eVent fabric keeps out rain and mud without feeling like a sauna on the uphills. Abrasion resistant SuperFabric protects the elbows, and non-slip patches on the shoulders keep backpack straps in place over bumpy terrain. Everything you want in a mountain bike jacket - just add dirt.

User Reviews (2)

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SlowJoeCrow   Cross Country Rider [Dec 01, 2012]
Strength:

Excellent waterproofing
lots of useful pockets
backpack friendly design

Weakness:

so-so venting
expensive list price
hood not included

I bought this primarily as a commuter jacket after my old Gill jacket started leaking. Since I wear a backpack for commuting and a Camelbak off road, something designed to work with a pack made sense.
So far the good news is that the rubbery shoulder patches hold the pack in place and protect the jacket fabric. While the Event fabric is a bit stiff it does a great job with rain, and the extra pockets and fold away tail flap make it more useful off the bike, plus the handwarmer pockets are a great for stashing your gloves.
The bad news is that the "core vents" on the chest don't bring in as much air as pit zips and unlike my motorcycle jacket which uses a similar system, there are no exhaust vents in the back. Leaving the mesh lined handwarmer pockets open helps a little but I still end up opening the front zipper a lot.
At the blowout price I paid, this is an unbeatable jacket, although full list was a bit spendy. Unfortunately this jacket has been discontinued for a while so finding one new may be a challenge.
I gave an excellent rating for value because I got it dirt cheap, and dinged one flaming chili overall for venting and not including the hood like the similarly priced Endura MT500 or PI Octane.

Similar Products Used: Gill lightweight jacket
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
dixie002   Cross Country Rider [Feb 27, 2011]
Strength:

Very well made. It is comfortable to ride.
Most importantly it keeps you dry and warm without cooking inside.
By far the best rain jacket I've used for mountain biking.
Lightweight and easy to pack into the camelbak.

Weakness:

None so far.

Great investment if you enjoying riding in all conditions.

Similar Products Used: Berghaus - Tyrant
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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