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Thread: Rain jacket?

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Portland, OR

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    I use a Showers Pass Elite 2 rain jacket. Not that packable, but it is my commuting jacket and I wear work clothes under. Way back, I use to pack those souvenier tyveks on touring/training rides. Often we would put them on backwards to cut wind chill. They roasted you, though.

    I also found rain showers were not so bad, mostly it is being able to keep the extremities and core warm -- and hope you don't have to stop for too long.

    Good luck.

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  2. #17
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm in need of a relatively heavy duty rain jacket, because I'm about to move to Portland, Oregon! My boyfriend uses a Showers Pass jacket and loves it, but it looks as though 1) they don't have an equivalent women's model, and 2) they only go down to a women's small, which is too big for me. I'm willing to have it tailored if it's a really great jacket, but ideally, I'd like to find something that fits better off the rack. I'm thinking perhaps the Rapha jacket will be a better fit in that regard?

    Any of you ladies have any words of wisdom on Rapha vs. Showers Pass? Any other suggestions?

    Intended use is training rides of various lengths in rainy conditions. I don't tend to overheat all that easily, so while breathability is good, it's probably not as big a concern for me as for some other people.

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Concord, MA
    I have a woman's extra small Showers' Pass jacket. Not sure which model, but I got it on sale from either The Clymb or Left Lane Sports. Also, check Sierra Trading Post.
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  4. #19
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    the dry side
    You want to avoid having a seam sealed rain jacket altered anywhere other than sleeve length or hem. You want to keep the integrity of the factory sealing.
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  5. #20
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Wherever you get one, make sure it's somewhere that takes returns, and be patient with that process. (Something I am bad about).
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.


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  6. #21
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    These are the waterproof jackets currently carried here at Team Estrogen:

    Read the staff pick write-ups and also reviews posted by other customers. Lots of good information there.

    The ones that pack small enough to fit in a jersey pocket would be:

    Though you couldn't go wrong with any of them for keeping warm and dry. I have one of the Gore jackets (from about 4 years ago and I don't remember the model) and it is wonderful. It works best when the temps outside are colder than the temps inside the jacket, which helps draw out the inner sweat/moisture.

    I also have an older version of the Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier WxB Jacket - It is hard to describe the material. It doesn't feel heavy enough to keep me warm and dry .... but it does. The inside of the jacket reminds me of those mylar blankets they wrap you with at the end of running/races, but it is better than that.




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