Showers Pass – Mountain Elite Jacket Review

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Bottom Line
This is a great jacket that is well made and has a lot of innovations and features. Those features are very specific to cycling and make the jacket stand at the top of the stack of waterproof apparel. The drip tail feature is an amazing little tweak that adds a lot user comfort during a wet ride. The eVent material is not only waterproof, but it is highly breathable, a great fabric for cycling where you are either sweating heavily or flying downhill at a full clip. I also liked the grippy SuperFabric shoulder patches. I disliked the lack of pit zips and that the hood is optional.

Strengths:

  • Cycling specific
  • Drop down rain tail
  • Grippy shoulder patches
  • Very breathable

Weaknesses:

  • Lack of pit zips
  • Hood is optional
  • Expensive

Value Rating: 3 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Mountain Elite Specs:

  • eVent 3-Layer body
  • Abrasion and tear resistant elbow patches
  • Non-slip SuperFabric shoulder patches
  • Waterproof front zipper and chest pocket with audio port
  • Core vents for ventilation
  • Two front cargo pockets
  • Drop down rain tail

Weight: 19.7oz/558g (Large)
Colors: Red & Black or Blue & Black
MSRP: $250

Optional Hood Specs:

  • Extended brim
  • Fits under helmet
  • 3 Layer

Color: Black
Weight:2.8oz/80g
MSRP: $22

Showers Pass url: http://www.showerspass.com/
Mountain Elite Jacket url: http://www.showerspass.com/products.asp?ManId=1114&ProductId=11&Product=Mountain+Elite

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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