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Waterproof has never been so comfortable.

The Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket is one of the most popular cycling jackets around. It, and its predeccesor the Elite 2.0, have been tested by commuters, tourers, roadies, and recreational riders, and they'd all agree this is the last bike-specific rainjacket you'll ever need to buy. With a slightly refined cut compared to the 2.0, for better performance on the bike, this semi-form fit jacket is perfect for any style of riding. A few new color options help you stand out or blend in.

The Elite 2.1 is made of three-layer eVent™ fabric, with fully-taped seams, a full-length two-way water-resistant zipper, and two water-resistant pockets—one on back and one on the chest, with an audio port. 11-inch pit zips provide ventilation as needed, and gusseted cuffs can be opened up for airflow or cinched closed for extra warmth. 3M reflective taping on the back and sleeves add extra visibility. Soft Micro-Chamois collar is comfortable and chafe-free even when zipped all the way up. Available in Goldenrod, Ocean Blue, and Black.

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Height0"-5'4"5'5"-5'8"5'9"-5'11"6'0"-6'2"6'3"-0"6'3"-0"
 
Chest32"-34"35"-38"39"-41"42"-45"46"-49"50"
 
Waist26"-28"28"-31"31"-34"34"-37"38"-42"42"-48"
 
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Excellent quality, fit and comfort
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by Tom Fisher
Michigan

Michigan springtime frequently starts with 32 degree mornings and 65 degree afternoons with rain. This jacket kept me comfortable all day without getting a clammy feeling. The vent system is incredible and the fit allowed for easy movement while keeping me covered.

Reviewed 6/2/2014
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Excellent quality, fit and comfort
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by Tom Fisher
Michigan

Michigan springtime frequently starts with 32 degree mornings and 65 degree afternoons with rain. This jacket kept me comfortable all day without getting a clammy feeling. The vent system is incredible and the fit allowed for easy movement while keeping me covered.

Reviewed 6/2/2014
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showers pass elite 2.1, this is the rain jacket i've been waiting for. it's the one
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by Dr.Jabb
Cycling Enthusiast
mad river valley, vermont
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

by looking on the calendar you would think it's time for the light shell, but it's not the case, still riding in the 40's and this jacket is not only a warm shell, but when the rain comes down you are no warmer, and dry, the vents do open it up without taking in the rain and keeping you from overheating, this is the best rain jacket and cold weather shell i've ever had

Reviewed 5/5/2014
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Very light, waterproof, reasonable wind protection
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by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
Vancouver, Canada
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I bought this after a lot of reserach. The biggest challenege was getting reliable sizing info, especially since I had no choice but to buy it online as none of the local stores either carried it or had the right size. According to the sizing chart I should have been a medium (based on chest measurement), which is what I ordered. It was definitely a little tight in the chest but way too short in the arms so I sent it back for a large. The large was a much better fit across the chest (if a little loose) and the arms are marginal, but acceptbale. I am tall with relatively long arms so I do sometimes find it difficult to find clothes that fit well. However, given the specific purpose of the jacket (cycling) the arms should be a little longer. I also ended up contacting Showers Pass directly to discuss their sizing, which varies by jacket type. If the elite 2.1 in a large fits you there is a very low likelihood that the sizing will apply to other Showers Pass jackets. As an aside their rain pants are too short for me by a couple of inches (I have 32 waist and 34 inseam) - very frustrating.

Aside from the sizing the jacket is very light, has proven to be waterproof (and mostly breathable but it can get moist under heavy efforts). It does provide wind protection but is not a wind barrier. Love the layout and pockets - well thought out. Great ventilation.

Highly recommended, even at the price.

Reviewed 11/7/2013
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too small for a medium
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by Achim
Cycling Enthusiast
Oakland, CA
0 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I bought a medium (the rain pants I have from Showers Pass are also medium and fit great) and the jacket is too samm and very short in the front.

Reviewed 1/20/2014
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Serious cyclist
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by Starth15
Cycling Enthusiast
Davison, MI

I've been cycling since March 2011 as my main transportation. First cycling jacket I purchased was the Netti D4 that was waterproof for a few months and excellent for single digit temperatures. Like I said for a few months it was waterproof and no longer is the insides of the jacket started to fall apart. Jackets Junk.

This Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket I purchased so I have a waterproof upper body cover. From how the inside was designed I'm sure this will last as a true waterproof cycling jacket compared to the Netti D4 that falls apart on the inside. I like how much the wrist area can be velcroed tight or snugged. For the waist the left and right side can be tightened to make the bottom more snugged so less to no air flow throw the bottom of the jacket.

This jacket is much warmer then I imagined it would be which is a plus for when I try it out during winter use.

Reviewed 9/23/2013
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quick followup on my review.
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by paul
Cycling Enthusiast
pdx
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I did hear back from the folks at SP and they are pretty cool. They also offered to replace the coat if it did not meet my expectations. No questions asked. Nice. As Theo mentions they intended the reflector strips to be quite subdued so when you are off the bike you blend a bit better. Not a fail then. Apologies to them. Now given that personally I'm keeping my coat for the positives and I find the lack of reflective strips to not be a significant issue. YMMV. If you are a duskdawn commuter consider some more lights. Than again you likely are not wearing black so perhaps a non issue. Gotta rate again so I will add a star. Make it two. Fast response and offer to replace deserves credit.

Reviewed 1/23/2013
WesternBikeworks.com Comments

Thanks for the update. We're glad to hear that things have worked out and that you had a good experience with Showers Pass. We've found them to be great about warranty issues as well as repairs.

The subdued reflective strips on the black jacket are certainly a plus for some, but we agree that riders who are looking to increase visibility in darker conditions should not rely solely on this jacket for visibility. Red rear lights are great for being seen (and, in Oregon, for example, a legal requirement). One might also consider one of the other colors of the Elite 2.1 Jacket if visibility is a primary requirement.

Thanks
Theo
Customer Service

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Good but not perfect
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by paul
Cycling Enthusiast
pdx
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Lived with this jacket for several months now and have formed some opinions. FIrst it is comfortable (opinions will vary) and the jacket is quite water tight. So far not one drop has leaked in. Impressive. It is comfortable on the bike more importantly. The venting is decent and the zippers while slightly tight and fussy done leak. The rear pocket over your but is pretty easy to get at when riding but closing it is a bit tricky. better than most. Not used the audio port but as the front pocket does not leak and I suspect the wire port, being a hole, will work, I dont anticipate issues. Cuffs are not bad but personally I've never seen a velvro cuff that was perfect so we live with them. Now that aside commuters take note. I got the coat in black and unlike the picture the reflective strips arent. Not kind of, sort of, in the right light. I mean do NOT reflect anything. There may be a wavelength that is reflected but humans cant see it. No idea what SP is thinking here but how hard can it be? As I have lights galore I'm not too worried but this aspect is a fail with no doubt. Looking at the picture I see the strips are white and mine are basically black. I may contact SP and inquire. I rate as average given the reflectivity and if SP calls it a defect and fixes I will review again here and make note.

Reviewed 1/9/2013
WesternBikeworks.com Comments

The Showers Pass Elite 2.0 and 2.1 jackets use a darker reflective material on the black colorway, giving them a stealthy look during the day. But this material still "pops" under bright lights - such as headlights, or our studio lighting. And that's why they look different in our photos.

If your jacket's reflective strips are truly not working under bright lights (stationary car headlights are the ideal test), please don't hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, Shower's Pass provides excellent repair services, and can be an expedient resource.

Thanks,
Theo Roffe
Customer Service
WBW

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Best jacket I've owned
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by Seattle Nate
Cycling Enthusiast
Seattle WA
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I have been an every-day cycle commuter for the past five years. I commute on my road bike, no fenders, and I live in Seattle so I deal with wet weather a lot. I had a Novara hard shell jacket that I bought at REI, but it had lost all semblance of rainproofiness. Seattle has a lot of hills, and I always seemed to steam up in my jacket on wet days riding up hills. I needed something waterproof and vented. From the reviews I have found online, this seemed the best. So far, so good. I still get a little damp heading uphill from sweat, but that is primary because I ride fast uphill with a backpack. This is much, much better than the rain jackets I have owned in the past.

Reviewed 8/9/2012
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Ride in comfort
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by Will
Cycling Enthusiast
Pittsfield, MA

The jacket accompanied me on a bike ride of the Natchez Trace from Tennessee to Mississippi. We went through some rough storms but through all the rain I stayed dry and comfortable inside. There was great ventilation while peddling. Riders in nylon rain jackets were as wet inside as the rain was outside. The only thing I felt should have come with the jacket was a detachable hood.

Reviewed 4/19/2012
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Durable, light and reflective...oh yeah, and WATER RESISTANT!
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by Siobhanachu
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, Or

I bought this hoping for three major things staying dry, being visable and durability. I got that and more! I love this jacket and plan on buying the hood to take it camping. It packs nicely and I wear it at night even if it's not raining. It fits me 5'1, lady 125 lbs. Bought a size small and the only thing that doesn't fit perfectly is to be expected as I have a giant headneck so zipping up the collar is comfortable albeit snug.

Reviewed 4/19/2012
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Exceptional shell for the wind and wet!
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by WWDefy
Cycling Enthusiast
Walla Walla, WA
0 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

This is my road cycling shell from the mid-30's thru the upper 40's. Love the pit vent and long back to keep me dry.

Reviewed 2/13/2012
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Great jacket for the ever changing weather in in Pacific Northwest.
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by Sequim Sycler
Cycling Enthusiast
Sequim, WA
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I live on the Olympic Pennisula of Washington State, and I cycle year round. This jacket has been the perfect addition to my cycling gear. Encountering cold weather, rain, and wind, this jacket has made my rides more bearable, and comfortable. Have not found anything yet I don't like.

Reviewed 1/27/2012
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100 percent satisfied with my purchase of this jacket.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
philadelphia
1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Vents provides breathability.

Superior craftsmanship.

Very light.

Reviewed 1/19/2012
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On the pricey side. But exceptional performance.
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by OldMarine
Cycling Enthusiast
Oahu. Hawaii
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I use this jacket in rain or when it is on the chiily side (which happens rarely here in Hawaii). I have the hood also and leave it on the jacket (except I remove it when riding my roadbike because it inpedes view to the rear somewhat). I have tried a number of breathable rainjacketsraincoats and was disappointed in them all. This jacket is not perfect (it still gets sweaty in there when temperatures are warmer and relative humidity is high). These are the most difficult conditions for any breathable jacket (including the Elite 2.0), but this jacket does much better than anything else I've tried. Not only does it breathwick very well, it also has an EXCELLENT venting system consisting of a front zipper, pit zips, a vent across the shoulders in the back, and large cuffs which will let a lot of air into the jacket if they are open wide and the wrists are in a favorable posiion. (The cuff openings are a little stiff-which is good-but it would be even better if there was a built-in device of some sort for holding the cuffs fully open in a circular shape if the rider so desired.

Reviewed 11/4/2010
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What you need for a road ride.

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