Colors: Mandarin, Black, and Poseidon
Sizes: S-2XL (men’s and women’s versions)
Material: 3-layer eliteAIR fabric, both waterproof and breathable
How Obtained: Company sample
Available: Online or retail
RBR Sponsor: No
The Same Great Cloudburst Jacket Now Comes with a Hood
Showers Pass took their popular Cloudburst packable rain jacket and added a hood. I reviewed the Cloudburst jacket back in early 2021 when the company released it. I gave the jacket 4.5 stars back then and reacted similarly to the new hoodie version.
My opinion of the hooded version is very positive, and it has the same “hot” points as its predecessor:
- New eliteAIR fabric technology is waterproof and has a 43K breathability rating
- Soft, flexible fabric has a 4-way stretch for freedom of movement
- Tailored fit reduces flapping in the wind
- Large core zippered vents for excellent ventilation and double as pockets
- Plenty of storage, including two internal mesh pockets and a rear zipper security pouch
- 360-degree reflective elements for increased visibility in low light
- Longer rear hem for added coverage
- Soft moisture-wicking collar lining
- It fits true to size
- Cinch cord at the bottom hem to adjust the fit
- 2-year unconditional guarantee
With the addition of the hood, I’d add the following positive attributes:
- Protects from the elements on or off the bike
- The hoodie cinch cord allows for adjustability around your face
- It still packs down into the rear pocket/stuff sack
The hood on the Cloudburst Hoodie is not detachable, making this jacket best suited for commuters and hikers. Road and gravel riders can wear the hood under their helmets, which isn’t ideal, so I’d suggest the standard Cloudburst jacket.
The one change I suggested for the Cloudburst, which would also be a good addition to the hoodie version, is the ability to cinch the jacket tighter around the wrists. The openings were about 2 inches too big around my wrists, allowing wind and rain to get in. A smaller opening, cinch closure, or Velcro would keep the elements out.
Like its Cloudburst sibling, the hooded version of this jacket is a nice addition to your cycling wardrobe. For road and gravel riders, I suggest the version without the hood, while for commuters and hikers, the hooded version is perfect.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.