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Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Jacket

Start with exceptionally breathable three-layer eVent® fabric. Add generous pit zips, a big back vent, and air-scooping cuffs to maximize airflow. The result is this durable, outstandingly comfortable and lightweight rain jacket, equally loved by roadies, randonneurs, and commuters.
Average Member Rating:
4.6 out of 5
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5 out of 5(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Member Reviews for Elite 2.0 Jacket
Review 1 for Elite 2.0 Jacket
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Very Short
Feels moderately long
Very Long
Very Small
True-to-size
Very Large
By:
Location: Toronto Ontario
Age: 45-55
Gender: female
Gear Style: Comfort Driven
Describe Yourself: Casual/Recreational
MEC MEMBER

Zipper head fell off

Date:March 15, 2012
I've had this jacket ~ 6 months, and really liked it for cycling in the city. It is slim fitting and comfortable (although the pockets are not user friendly, anything bigger than a small ipod in there looks bulky--never mind a wallet). I was wearing it for cycling during the warmer months and for speedskating this winter (indoors) but the last time I took it out, I realized that the zipper head (for the main zipper) had fallen off and was lost. Given what I paid for it, I am unimpressed with the quality which is why it gets a fair value rating.
Pros: Stylish, Comfortable, Breathable
Cons: zipper head fell off, back pocket is hard to use, front chest pocket is awkward
Review 2 for Elite 2.0 Jacket
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
By:
Location: Delta, BC
Age: over 55
Gender: female
Gear Style: Minimalist
MEC MEMBER

Shower Pass Jacket

Date:March 10, 2012
Great waterproof pockets, the fabric weight is effective and breathable! The only thing is that I 'm able to wear size 12 in childrens jackets so the arm length in adult jackets is always too large for me...would be very nice if there could be a choice for sleeve length.
Pros: Breathable
Review 3 for Elite 2.0 Jacket
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Very Short
Feels moderately long
Very Long
Very Small
True-to-size
Very Large
By:
Location: Vancouver, BC
Age: 18-24
Gender: female
Gear Style: Performance Driven
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist
MEC MEMBER

The Ideal Rainy Commuter's Jacket

Date:January 11, 2012
I got this jacket September last year and it has happily seen me through the fall and winter months. I wear this jacket every day rain or shine and it has held up to all kinds of abuse.
Originally I was a little put off by the price, but was sold when I saw all of the features that the jacket offered. After wearing the jacket outside I have never once regretted my decision.
The jacket’s water resistance has held up completely even in the most torrential of downpours. The breathability can’t be beat by a less expensive product – but do keep in mind that water resistance and breathability are somewhat of a trade off. In a downpour I will take my jacket off and find that I am somewhat damp in the base layer as the rain on top of the jacket will hinder the ability of the fabric to breathe, but not once have I found a damp spot of rain (even from an all-day cycle).
The lack of breathability in downpours can be combated by the extremely handy pit-zip vents on either side and the cape-vent on the shoulders in the back. These vents are a MUST HAVE for any cyclist. They allow me to be zipped up and conserve heat at the beginning of my ride. They are fairly easy to unzip even while riding (I hold the collar up and taught with my teeth and unzip) and allow me to cool off without having to unzip the main zipper and compromise my rain coverage.
The overall design was well thought out, with a large, full-width rear pocket providing easy access to simple items while riding or a place to stash your keys, sunglasses, gloves, or even a pump (should you so desire) without having to turn around to panniers etc. I am heavier than the average person in the hips and find that stashing too much in the rear pocket can cause the bulk to compromise rear coverage, but I feel this is hardly a con and may even be avoided with a more average sized person.
My favourite feature of the jacket by far is the left breast phone/MP3 stash pocket. It’s easy for me to unzip the pocket from the outside, leaving the jacket on, to adjust volume, podcast etc. while at a stop light and in a beat stuff it back in. The port on the inner layer of the jacket is wide enough to accommodate just about any headphone jack. It’s so large that I actually just shove one ear bud through the port and keep all of those twisty wires wrapped up in the pocket.
I have once or twice found my phone (stored in the chest pocket) somewhat damp in a downpour, It seems to me that the pocket may be created in the first layer of the fabric rather than through all three. I would keep this in mind when stashing valuables in the chest pocket during a storm. That said, I have never had any severe water leakage through the fabric or the zipper and certainly not enough to damage my phone.
The colour availability is extremely pleasing. I purchased the aqua colour and am proud to be as visible as heck but not “Stop-sign Red” or “Amber Yellow” (although I even was tempted with their amber rendition since the amber is so deep and rich!). The high-visibility reflector strips on the arms are EXTREMELY powerful. I have no fear of not being seen even on the darkest of winter mornings and the reflectors even held up through the wash, no problems with fading.
I have only had to wash the jacket once (due to road splash) and it all held up admirably through a cold cycle and hang-dry. The jacket 5 months later still looks brand new and water resistance has not yet been compromised in the least.
This is a quality product and is worth the price. You will have no regrets or problems if you decide to treat yourself to a dry ride home. And with MEC backing you up, why would you hesitate?
Pros: Stylish, Comfortable, Breathable
Review 4 for Elite 2.0 Jacket
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Very Short
Feels very long
Very Long
Very Small
True-to-size
Very Large
By:
Location: Halifax, NS
Age: over 55
Gender: female
Gear Style: Minimalist
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist
MEC MEMBER

A Great Jacket But

Date:September 7, 2011
After purchasing Event Showers Pass pants elsewhere from a sale rack, wearing them happily commuting to work all winter, and reading up on Event fabric, I was sold. How could the jacket not be the best thing since sliced bread? One of the first times I wore it though there was a TORRENTIAL downpour and the zipper did leak, probably because I was wearing a Big Pod and the straps in front made the zipper bulge out, which likely opened a space to allow water in. So, if it rains really hard, don't wear a Big Pod with it. That's my advice. Otherwise it seems great from the few times I've worn it so far. One thing, though. I am 5'10" and can never get sleeves long enough and these are actually too long for me. That said, my bike is a city bike so the sleeves aren't riding up from bending forward. Very happy with it. I'd recommend it.
Pros: Comfortable, Breathable, highly visible on rainy days, takes very little space when packed, not stiff like goretex
Review 5 for Elite 2.0 Jacket
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
By:
Location: Vancouver, BC
Age: over 55
Gender: female
Gear Style: Comfort Driven
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist
MEC MEMBER

Awesome Jacket

Date:November 30, 2010
This jacket is comfortable, waterproof, and breathes. I found the fit a bit snug through the shoulders initially (I have substantial shoulders for a female) but comfortable on the bike. The Napoleon style pocket keeps its contents dry. Haven't used the back pocket yet. I use the jacket on my daily commutes to work - I ride in all conditions except ice, snow and seriously stormy weather. I really love this jacket and recommend it to anyone who cycles in the rain.
Pros: Comfortable, Breathable, Waterproof, Washable