Rain Jackets & Vests

Showers Pass Hi-Vis Elite Jacket

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You really won’t mind the rain (even a cold rain) when wearing the Showers Pass Hi-Vis Elite jacket. Its waterproof, windproof and breathable fabrics keep you warm as well as dry. The use of stretchable fabric also makes for a very comfortable fit no matter if you are upright or in the drops. It’s high performance, hi-vis and very well made. So be a kid again, and go out and play (ride) in the rain!

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Visijax Commuter Jacket

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For the money, this is a really nice jacket. It’s well-made, keeps you visible to drivers, is lightweight and easily machine washable, even with all the LED lights. There are 23 embedded LED lights located on the chest (white), sleeves front/back (amber) and tail (red). A single control unit located in the inside breast pocket activates all the LED lights.

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O2 Rainwear Original Jacket

Scrounging in my basement, I discovered an inexpensive "Original" rain-jacket from O2 Rainwear that I had used many years ago while riding one of the five 1200k Paris-Brest-Paris events I have finished. Researching to see if this jacket was still available, I discovered that O2 Rainwear has two new rain jacket models, including the Nokomis (see review), and the Calhoun (see review). The company still produces the tried-and-true Original, as well.

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O2 Rainwear Calhoun Jacket (hi-viz yellow)

If you're looking for a less costly rain-jacket, have a look at the Calhoun. The Calhoun fits a little tighter than the Nokomis and, as a result, the arms of the large size do not flap on fast descents. There is no reflective material on the arms of the Calhoun and thus, in darkness, motorists might have difficulty seeing the cyclist who is making an arm signal.

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O2 Rainwear Nokomis Hi-Viz Jacket

The Nokomis is a great jacket for commuters, weekend riders and long-distance cyclists. When the rain stops and the day warms up, the sleeves can be easily removed, converting the rest of the jacket into a wind vest. It has a comfortable high neck with a cord at the back to adjust the snugness of the fit around the neck. The Nokomis also has an adjusting cord around the bottom of the rear-flap so it can be adjusted to fit closely to the body. 

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Boure Pro Thermal Vest

I'm a big fan of vests' adaptability and light weight. Put one on for a cold descent, stuff it in a jersey pocket when it warms up. But most vests designed for cycling are minimalist nylon shells, fine for blocking wind from your chest in moderate temperatures but not very useful when the mercury dips toward freezing.

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Burley Rock Point Rain Jacket

The good stuff first. When it's rainy and gray, you want drivers to see you on the road. The yellow version of this jacket isn't just yellow, it's screaming yellow that stands out in the murkiest conditions. Plenty of 3M reflective material adds to visibility. Don't buy the all-black or even blue/black version if you value your life. I liked the pit zips, too.

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Showers Pass Century Jacket

If the Showers Pass Century Jacket were only a rain jacket, that would be good enough. It did a fine job of keeping water out and warmth in on a couple of two-hour test rides in 55-degree rain, and one drizzly 90-minute ride at 35 degrees. But thanks to this jacket's lightness and the wind resistance of its Pertex fabric, it also makes an effective shell for any ride when you need to cover up.

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Showers Pass Club Jacket

I have two litmus tests for a foul-weather cycling jacket: First, is the material billed as breathable and waterproof? If so, I don't buy it. No fabric known to humans can do both. You get wet from sweat and from rain. I prefer a waterproof fabric and plenty of ventilation. Second, can the jacket be rolled small enough to fit unobtrusively in the middle rear pocket of a jersey?

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