Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast
I think the REI jacket is better than the Showers Pass based on fit. The only bad thing is the lack of venting. I'm 6'2" with 36" sleeves. The REI fits great. The sleeves are actually plenty long enough. Not so with the Showers Pass. The sleeves on the L aren't even close to being long enough...and it's a much boxier cut.
I really wanted the Showers pass because it has better reflective for night commutes and it has much better venting. The fit was a deal killer though. It's also over 2x the price of the REI jacket.
While people are talking about Showers Pass, how small are the smalls? I'm a pretty slim guy, 5'10" 125/130lbs. Most jackets I try end up being quite baggy in the chest. Are the SP smalls fairly boxy, or are they really small? I like the look of their softshell too, but haven't found anywhere to try them on.
I already have a eVent jacket with no frills. Guess I don't mind the sweat issue that much. I've read that the REI jacket is really slim. Is that true? I wear a medium in euro-fit stuff like Castelli, except I'm 6'2". What with the long sleeves the fit sounds great. Wonder what it would take to get someone to put pit zips on it ;) A lot easier than making a baggy jacket less baggy in this materials, I'm sure.
The jacket isn't that slim. It's more tailored than a typical Patagonia jacket, or whatever, but it's not as slim as Assos, for example.
I do wish they'd make the mens jacket in any of the other colors they make eVent stuff in.
For me the trick to not getting steamy in it is to keep the baselayers underneath minimal, but I'm not a sweathog.
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Quick update . . . my Novara Verita (eVent) jacket did exceptionally well with today's conditions. It is 42 degrees and constant rain here in DC. I did an hour ride and returned completely dry under the shell, despite the lack of pit zips. I suspect the temp differential helped the jacket breath. Wore a wool tee for my base layer. If that is what you face on a regular basis, then it is hard to beat at $100. But it does kind of suck in warmer temps.
Anyone here have experience with the Castelli Gabba jersey?
They're touting it as a something that's at least highly water
resistant, if not waterproof, but that allows one to avoid having to
drag along a Clima Jet or similar jacket. I think originally they were
using the eVent material, but it seems to use Gore Windstopper now.
Another quick update . . . my Novara Verita (eVent) jacket did exceptionally TERRIBLE with today's conditions. It is 52 degrees and light breeze. I was suffocating and sweating buckets at the same time. Looks like it is time to drag out the Patagonia ultralight windbreaker again.