Part of loving the outdoors is an acceptance and embracing of the fickle moods of mother nature. Some of the most awe-inspiring sights are accompanied by radical changes in weather. Whether it is the light changes and shapes of looming thunderheads or the rainbow that forms directly after a rain-shower, you’re simply missing out if you limit your time outside to days with blue-bird skies and fair weather.
Despite this, it's nice to have some bomber apparel to protect you from the elements when you are braving the conditions on an inclement day. Showers Pass was founded in 1997 by a group of outdoor sports enthusiasts who desired to make technical apparel to get you outside no matter the weather. The Rogue Hoodie by Showers Pass is a fantastic piece of apparel that’s got you covered when those blue skies turn suddenly grey.
The Rogue Hoodie is a 3-layer soft-shell waterproof jacket. They use a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating and Artex soft-shell fabric to provide a comfortable and soft next-to-skin feel, while still providing a bomber rain barrier for all but the most biblical of rainstorms. So far, I’ve been fortunate to have had many rainy days to really test this jacket in the elements and it has kept me bone dry in both drizzle and downpour.
The jacket has 4 zipper-pockets. 2 hand warming pockets, 1 inside chest pocket, and 1 back loop pocket. These pockets provide plenty of storage space for your personal effects and gadgets and are easily accessible on or off your bike. The jacket also features reflective accent trim materials for better nighttime visibility for when you're out for a twilight ride.
It features a large-hood that should accommodate most helmets. I also really liked how because of its size, the hood drapes completely over the brim of a baseball cap, keeping it dry during rainstorms as well. Cinch snap cuffs allow for a customized fit of the sleeves, and drawstrings at the collar and hem allow you to batten down the hatches in a squall and keep the moisture out.
Fleece lining and breathable outer shell make this a great 3-season jacket. Surprisingly warm for its weight and bulk but breathability keeps you comfortable on milder days. There are also wrist-gaiters with thumb loops for added warmth on really chilly days. The weather has gotten quite chilly recently and this jacket has proved capable of keeping me warm with minimal layering underneath.
Cut and Fit
I really like the cut of this jacket. Despite being made by a company that specializes in cycling/biking apparel it doesn’t look like a Tour De France uniform and it will fit in just fine on the road, trail and even in the bar afterward. I should note that the Rogue Hoodie tends to fit a bit small, so size up if you find yourself debating between two sizes. Especially if you are planning on using this jacket through shoulder season then go up a size to allow for layering underneath.
I would absolutely recommend this jacket to anyone, whether they are mountain biking, hiking, or just going for a walk in the rain. The cut and fit are flattering and stylish and it will keep you dry in most rainstorms. It won’t replace a dedicated rain shell for the next monsoon season, but it wasn’t designed too. With features, functionality and outstanding construction, the Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie will be a mainstay in your wardrobe for years of wet rides.
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