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Rain jacket suggestions

Rain jacket suggestions

Hello,
I'm trying to get some opinions on rain jackets. The Showers Pass Elite 2.0 is probably out of the question due to cost. I looked at 2 others: Bellwether Aqua-No and North Face Bracket Bike Jacket. Any opinions on these or other options? I have an LL Bean rain jacket not specifically for cycling, doesn't work too good primarily due to the collar, it also has a hood that ends up filling with rain water.

Any rain jacket opinions/suggestions would be appreciated..

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Hi Kent,
Unfortunately, you get what you pay for. If you get caught in a cold, wet downpour, the extra money spent for a good, reliable rain jacket will seem like a very wise investment. Any jacket made by Gore that Gore rates as waterproof, would be a good investment. They are light, compatible and waterproof as any rain jacket can be. Except for the $20 clear plastic jackets, they all saturate eventually; the good ones keep you warm at least. When I go on multiday bike tours, I always take several jackets with me; if the rain continues for more than one day, I want to have a dry one for the next day. It takes a while for a rain jacket to dry out (you cannot put them in a dryer).  The trouble with the $20 plastic ones is that you sweat so much in them, you might as well not wear one; but they keep you relatively warm. They are also bulky and not very light; important virtues when you have to carry the jacket on your bike.
Ed Cahill





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The "Event" fabric of the Showers Pass Elite is supposed to be pretty good but any jacket made of it is going to be pricey.
Fact of the matter is that few are going to breathe well enough to keep you dry if you're pedaling hard. So second thing to look for
is good venting. I've found that the best venting comes with a caped vent on the back. If you avoid getting a jacket that is skin tight just cracking the front zipper will let a nice breeze through that vent without looking like Michelin Man. Arm pit vents don't work that well by themselves because there is no where for air to flow.. Another nice feature is a 2 way zipper which allows for alternate venting as well as easy access to jersey pockets.

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Do you have a Shower's Pass? They're just so expensive.

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I have not owned a Showers Pass jacket. They are rated highly. They also look bulky to me when folded up. The weight and bulk of a jacket are very important virtues . On "iffy" days, you much more likely to take along a light, compactable, jacket than a bulky one. Gore has several jackets that are excellent with regard to waterproofness, weight and compactability; they are not cheap, however.

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Kent,

+1 on Ed's and Brian's comments. Great fabrics are nice, but great venting is cheaper.
I've owned the Showers pass Touring- wonderful construction, bulky and the fabric laminate disintegrated after two years. (I think they use something different now)
Currently, I have the Storm.- average construction, light and compactible, okay venting. the fit is kinda weird.
I think my favorite value jacket has been the O2. Cheeeeeap! The fit (for me) was great, the fabric feels nice, and you can crunch it into your back pocket without issue. Take good care not to tear the fabric and the O2 is a good one for occasional use.

When I bought my Showers pass touring many years ago, I was wanting a jacket that was built strong and smart, imagining I'd wear it often. However, I've come to admit that rain jackets have a limited usefulness to me. Any temps above 60 and I sweat out even the best fabrics. And any steady rain lasting more than an hour and I'll be wet no matter what I've got on. So, rain jackets are good for temps between 30-60 during quick downpours. There just aren't many days like that that I encounter. The key, I've realized, is to stay warm. Wet is just wet. Warm is absolutely critical.

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