Showers Pass Cloudburst Hooded Jacket – by Greg Gentle

Showers Pass Cloudburst Hooded Jacket-$239 

Showers Pass continues to innovate and produce outstanding outdoor and cycling gear from its Portland, Oregon headquarters. Recently dropped, the Cloudburst Hooded Jacket takes all the amazing features of their 2021 hoodless release but raises the bar a notch by adding a hooded feature.

I reviewed the first rendition of this jacket back in 2021. In fact, I gave it a “not for me” rating. To be fair it is a fine product. Yet, it did not check as many boxes as other jackets offered by the brand. Additionally, its target market is runners. I don’t run. I ride.

What I appreciate and respect about Showers Pass is their ability to listen to and respond to feedback. I can’t say that my low score and call to action for a hooded version motivated this release, but they clearly listen to their customers.

New for this season, the Hooded Cloudburst jacket is available in Mandarin (orange), Poseidon (blue), and Black (black). Sizes range from XS to XXL offering a size range for any sized rider.  My sized medium sample came in Poseidon. It’s a sharp color. It looks good on the bike or strolling the aisles at your local grocery store.

Technical Features:

  • Adjustable hood with reflective accents
  • 3-layer eliteAIR™ fabric 43,000 breathable / 10,200 waterproof (g/m^2/24hr / mmH20)
  • 4-way stretch fabric is soft to the touch inside and out and moves with your body
  • Low profile front zipper with storm flap and reflective trim
  • Large core vents double as mesh pockets
  • Partially elasticized cuff for a sleek trim fit
  • Large back pocket with reflective trim
  • Double cinch cord at hem for a custom fit
  • Soft moisture-wicking lining at the collar
  • Trim tailored fit
  • Weight: 11.5oz (medium)

Other features I like about the Cloudburst Hooded Jacket:

  • 100% recycled externally facing fabric
  • Soft and supple feel and finish
  • Highly waterproof and has excellent breathability
  • Stuffs into its own pocket for compact travel

Given the Cloudburst Hooded Jacket’s comfort, street style, and compact features, I think this jacket would make a great bikepacking companion. The fit is tailored yet allows for freedom of movement. Off the bike, the jacket looks great. Performance? The Cloudburst kept me high and dry during April’s annual showers here in the upper Midwest. Gripes? The only issue I have is the lack of adjustable wrist enclosures. I like to be able to cinch down the sleeve during rainfall and I have big hands making it harder to take the jacket off (particularly when wet).

Cuffs aside, I think this is a smart jacket and worth the investment. Give the Showers Pass Cloudburst Hoodie Jacket a try if you’re after a waterproof, shoulder-season jacket offering great comfort and flexibility on and off the bike.

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