A Hefty bag and duct tape. Try not to do anything strenuous though.
Tim O'Donnell- Shamrock Cycles
Rain? What rain? It's 70-something out in your neck of the woods(ide).
Not today, no, but last week when I went on my fateful run (Achilles wounds are still open) it was pouring and all the trails flooded. I did not go out on the road since it was 38, dark and pouring. Plus, some jokers decided to drop tacks on Kings Mountain just for kicks ...
Gore Oxygen is the best rain jacket I have ever used. Made out of Gore-Tex paclite. Folds into jersey pocket. Seam sealed and rain proof.
Only bad thing (for some) is that it fits really trim- not a fat guy jacket.
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The Elite Pro is the best I've used. You're going to sweat in anything--at least this one has good vent zips.
Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast
Best rain jacket is one of the cheap clear ones with the arms cut off mid-sleeve to get a little air up the arms. None of the tex-mex fabrics can keep up with the moisture transport demands of an active cyclist, so you might as well go cheap!
(This assumes you're riding for sport.)
The best rain jacket for cycling is the Showers Pass Elite. I have an elite 2.0 and really like it. It rains a ton here in the burgh and I wash the coat a ton too. The key feature of the showers pass is the numerous venting options.
Also buy the hood if you pick one up.
My Shower's Pass fits me terribly. The sleeves are way too short, and the shoulders are funny somehow. The next size up is way too big. My proportions are pretty normal, and I don't typically have a hard time finding clothes that fit right. So, I'm perplexed by who they cut this garment for. Maybe I got a factory irregular somehow?
Anyway, my input on Showers Pass is to try it on before you buy, or buy from somewhere with a good return policy.
The best trully waterproof and still breathable jacket I've tried has been the Endura Flyte. I like it so much I'm picking up their MT500 for off the bike wear.
I don't have a Showers Pass body, either (ape arms and wide shoulders).
Endura fits me well but the model I tried seemed like heavyweight fabric and I run hot. I'd rather get wet from rain.
If I didn't like my SP I'd be in the clear plastic cheapo jacket.
Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast
The lower end stuff is aimed at the commuter markets and is not the same. It's nice stuff, but not what I would want to go out and push in. The PTFE (basically "the other Gore") stuff is a different ballgame.
I'd rather be wet and warm than steamy in a rainjacket, high-tech or not. I have the Showers Pass Double Century which is not breathable but it is light and well ventilated. It is okay for heavy rain, otherwise I go for "water resistant" layers. Gloves on the other hand are important.
I know everyone likes to say this and that material don't work and they don't need rain shells, but fuck that. I live in the PacNW and I'm on the bike every day. Sometimes it's raining hard, sometimes it's just damp. When it's raining hard, I'm using the Etxeondo Competition or the Gore Oxygen. If it might be raining hard, but it's mostly damp, or it's cold and damp, it's a softshell or maybe the Assos Climajet in the pocket. Showers Pass stuff is fine but I wouldn't want to rely on it for everything. It's boxy and usually just more than I need or want in terms of cut, zippers, etc. A lot of it is boxy commuter wear, but great for that kind of use.
A note on the Etxeondo Competition jacket: buttons. When it's not truly heinous and pouring, leave it unzipped and use a button or two to manage the front closure. Easy to snap while wearing gloves. Lets enough air in to make even sweaty, hairy, fat guys avoid the steambath feeling. They can't really fit it, but whatever. It's a great piece.
I have the Mavic paclite jacket and it's pretty good. The cut is close to the body, it has all kinds of vents, including a system up front where you can unzip the main zipper and leave a secondary mesh membrane in place to let more air in (maybe 2 inch wide).
I think it's this one
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But try it on, their sizing is very inconsistent.
I would buy the least baggy eVent jacket you can find. I'm happy that I opened this thread because I didn't know more companies were using it now. I need a second one because I wear it to work and on the weekends in the winter. Odor issues and all that....
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Ok I'm going to go try this on. Maybe I can stand the orange. For the price it can't be beat.
I still want a Showers Pass Elite someday. An eVent jacket with good venting and pit zips would be perfect.
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