- 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 mesh internal 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
- Fits true to size
- Cinch cord at the bottom hem to adjust the fit
- Sewn-in locker loop for hanging
- Designed for on or off the bike
- 2-year unconditional guarantee
- Personally, would prefer Velcro wrist closures over elastic
Colors: Mandarin, Titanium
Sizes: S-XL (men’s and women’s versions)
Material: eliteAIR™ fabric both waterproof and breathable
How Obtained: Company sample
Available: Online or retail
RBR Sponsor: No
New name. New fabric. Awesome jacket.
Showers Pass continues to improve on their waterproof fabrics by making them even more breathable and today they launched the Cloudburst jacket with eliteAIR fabric technology. Available in both men’s and women’s versions, this packable jacket is soft, has 4-way fabric stretch for freedom of movement, and is very fashionable.
The company sent me a sample jacket a couple of weeks before the launch date so I could put it through its paces. I received the beautiful mandarin version and immediately noticed how soft the fabric was to the touch. I had to double-check the label to confirm it was waterproof because it didn’t have that “rubber” feel. Yep, waterproof fabric and fully taped seams.
I slipped it on and it’s true to size. Since my last Showers Pass review, I’ve lost weight and could have sized down. But the added room allowed me to layer as I’m testing during wintertime in Chicago. There’s a cinch cord at the bottom hem which allowed me to also adjust the jacket’s fit.
The jacket has tons of storage with two internal deep mesh pockets in the front and a zippered security pocket in the back. The back pocket is made from waterproof fabric but the zipper is not waterproof (maybe the next version it will be). A flap over the zipper will protect items during most rain events or spray from the rear tire. For even more storage, unzip the side core vents, and the mesh lining act as pockets.
This jacket is packable and the rear pockets provide a built-in zippered pouch. It takes a little doing, but I managed to get it into its pouch.
The jacket comes in two colors, mandarin, and titanium. For added visibility, there are 360-degree reflective elements that are styled nicely into the jacket design.
Besides making the rear pocket zipper waterproof, I’d like the next version to have Velcro tab closures at the wrist. The elastic was too loose on my wrists and on a rainy day I’d prefer to be able to cinch the cuff tight against my skin.
Testing Breathability and Waterproof Features
I had to be creative in testing the jacket since it’s winter. I went out in a snowstorm and shoveled 7” of snow to test waterproof and breathability. The results? The Cloudburst jacket kept me dry from the falling snow with moisture beading and running off the jacket. The material also blocked the wind which helped keep me warm. My phone stayed dry in the rear zippered pocket even with all the snow.
To attempt to test breathability, I wore the jacket on the trainer down in my pain cave. What I do for my readers! I have a Wahoo Fitness Headwind fan which was used to simulate the wind outside. My workout lasted an hour and around the 35-minute mark I opened up the core vents to allow for airflow. I lasted the hour and was not in a puddle of sweat, so I’m assuming the fabric has some decent breathability. I will update this review when it is warmer outside to test breathability properly.
Showers Pass is making great strides in packable, waterproof, breathable jackets. The new Cloudburst is one that hits all the marks.
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.