New and Improved! The Elite 2.1 cycling jacket uses eVent™ 3–Layer fabric for assured durability and exceptionally breathable, lightweight waterproof protection. The ultimate rain jacket that also works well in cool dry weather.
• New AquaGuard Vislon 2-way water resistant front zipper with Storm Flap
• Fully seam taped for wind and waterproofness
• 7 venting options allow for great protection with less overheating, with large back vent for flow thru ventilation and airflow–regulating gusseted cuffs
• Chest pocket with with waterproof zipper and audio port
• Large zippered back pocket
• 360 degrees of 3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Material trim for maximum visability
• Soft Micro–Chamois collar
• Cinch Cord at collar and hem
• Hood compatible via hook and loop attachement points at collar, sold separately
"By the way your Showers Pass rain jacket saved my ass in last year’s Triple Bypass ride. I was riding with Steve from Dallas and his brother Kevin (both of whom are customers of yours). They were going so slow that we got stuck in some wicked mountain storms later in the day. The Johnston bros sat it out in a truck while I mushed forward in my Showers Pass jacket along with some base layers. My hands and feet were soaking wet and frozen when I finished but my core was dry. Thanks for a great product."
"Before another second of this New Year goes by I need to say thank you for the absolutely WONDERFUL Showers Pass rainjacket. Many highly touted jackets have been bought over the years and not one was better than "barely tolerable", but yours goes far beyond that. What a joy it is to ride in!"
Meticulously made by Showers Pass Rainwear of Portland, OR
Criteria for best fit are prioritized from left-to-right. #1 chest, #2 weight, etc.
5'2" to 5'6"
5'6" to 5'10"
5'10" to 6'2"
6'2" to 6'6"
6'4" and up
To Measure your Chest: With relaxed arms at side, breath in and measure the fullest part of bust/ chest. Add at least 2" for comfort. Alternatively, use your suit coat size.
To Measure your Waist: Measure around waist at the height you normally wear your pants. Alternatively, use your dress pants size.
To Measure your Hips: With feet together, measure around the fullest part.
*All measurements taken close to the body, and not over loose clothes*
Please note: These charts should be used only as a guideline to represent our sizing. If you have any trouble finding an appropriate size with these charts, please E-mailus, or call toll free at 1-888-889-9242 for product advice.
Weight & Size Specifications
(For a Size Large)
13.5 ounces (380g)
Compressed and Rolled-Up Size:
7.5" by 3.5"
(19 cm x 9 cm)
The Elite 2.1 also works well for Nordic skiing, running, and other outdoor pursuits in cool and/or wet weather. Most people like the Elite 2.1 in weather below 55 degrees in dry weather or 65 degrees if its raining.
Designed to maximize ventilation options so that the user can adapt to changing terrain and environmental conditions with 7 venting options. The cuffs that have a gusset and special lycra fabric that can be opened to scoop cooling air up the arms and out the back vent. Two 7" (18 cm) pit zips can be opened for added ventilation as needed. The front zipper can be opened from the bottom as well as the top. This bottom pull zip allows the wearer to regulate temperature of the lower back without turning your jacket into a parachute. The back vent works with these six front vents to move hot air away from the body - keeping you cool prevents sweat build-up on climbs and when you are working hard.
eVent fabric is a highly breathable waterproof fabric, and its also very expensive. In this case you get what you pay for - eVent is very durable and works super-well for high energy outdoor activity.
Waterproof: The industry standard for waterproof testing is the water column test. This measurement is accomplished by measuring the milimeters of water that can be held by the fabric without leaking. The minimum requirement is 1000mm for a fabric to be considered waterproof.
Breathable: MVTR (Moisture Vapor Transfer Rate) is measured in a chamber, divided vertically by the fabric being tested. A dry atmosphere is in one chamber, and a vapor-saturated atmosphere is in the other. A 24-hour test is run to see how much moisture passes through the fabric from the saturated chamber to the dry chamber.
The eVent fabric used in our Elite jacket has a waterproof rating of 30,000 mm and a MVTR of 22,000. The US Military has done extensive testing on waterproof breathable fabric technology. According to Dr. Phil Gibbons, the eVent MVTR rating is about 20% higher than Entrant GII XT from Toray. It is about 80% higher than Nextec from Patagonia, and 100% or more higher than Gore-tex XCR, Dermizax, Memebrain from Marmot, Sympatex, Conduit from Mountain Hardware, Omnitec Titanium from Columbia Sportswear, Schoeller WB-400, and Northface Hydroseal. eVent makes the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market today, and only a few companies are licensed to use it. Showers Pass spent almost a year working with eVent to obtain a license to use their fabric - they want their logo on only the best gear!
Tested by the U.S. Army and shown to allow a 50% increase in vapor transmission over Goretex.
eVENT Fabric is a Direct Venting ™waterproof barrier that marks a significant advancement in ePTFE laminate technology. Using proprietary and patented Dry System ™technology, eVENT Fabric sets a new standard for comfort by allowing perspiration to dissipate and vent without saturating the inside of the fabric.
At the core of eVENT Fabric is an ePTFE (expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene) film that has been rendered oil-repellant, and thereby free from body-oil contamination, via a method that retains both the inherent open-pore structure of the membrane as well as its hydrophobic properties.
eVent has a 50% increased vapor transmission over standard Goretex, as documented by US military testing at the material science laboratory in New Jersey, USA.
eVent laminates a Teflon membrane to a nylon base fabric to prevent movement of water in the liquid state, just like Goretex. This Teflon membrane has thousands of microscopic holes that allow water vapor to pass but not liquid water. There is a big difference between the two fabric makers. Early (circa 1970s) Goretex was easily contaminated by skin oil and sunscreen, thereby allowing water in the liquid state to pass through and wet the inside of the garment. Consequently, Gore added a second (polyurethane) layer on Goretex fabric to prevent contamination by oils, but this polyurethane inhibits vapor transmission.
eVent does not add a second layer of Polyurethane like Goretex. eVent Teflon membrane is treated through a propritary process to prevent contamination by skin oils or sunscreen. This propriatary coating does not inhibit vapor passage away from the garment wearer like the polyurethane coating that Goretex uses.
The Elite jacket uses an eVent three layer fabric which adds durability and helps move moisture over a wide area for rapid transmission to the outside. The outer nylon (the yellow fabric) has a very open weave, which helps allow water vapor (sweat) to escape from the garment very effectively. The bottom line: eVent fabric used in the Elite jacket works really well - it's not cheap but its the best stuff going.
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