Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket

Cover: Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Article by Kim Hull


Showers Pass is well-known for their high quality, high-performance cycling gear.

Developed for cyclists facing the challenging weather of the Pacific Northwest, Showers Pass gear is engineered to withstand all that mother nature can throw at you  – cold, rain, snow, hail. Their gear is well-made, with good ventilation, a great fit, and is extremely durable.

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

The Double Century EX jacket is a successor to the popular Showers Pass Century jacket.

The Double Century EX is a road cycling jacket constructed of waterproof-breathable fabric with seven venting points for extra airflow. It is seam taped and has a storm flap and rain gutter to keep the water out. The Double Century EX comes in orange or white and is available in both men’s and women’s specific sizes.

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket: Our trial

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

We gave our Double Century jackets a spin on a very chilly, wet Aspen day. While most gear created for rain is weatherproof, it is rarely warm or comfortable.  Riding in the hills near Aspen in spring or fall is usually chilly, with a brief rain or snow shower possible on a daily basis.

The Double Century jackets are comfortable and kept us warm throughout our ride.  The rain repels off the fabric and even though we got caught in a pretty good shower, we were dry (at least where covered by the jacket).

We have also grabbed the Double Century jackets when heading out on an errand in a light shower and have worn them to recent a damp, outdoor concert.  The extra length in the back was actually perfect for sitting on the ground all evening & the jackets kept us dry and warm during intermittent light showers.

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Some of our favorite features of the Double Century EX include:

True sizing: The fit on both jackets is true to the sizing charts.

Flexible arm length: The arm length is generous – a rarity in most women’s jackets. Not having to purchase a larger women’s size that ends up baggy or buy a men’s size to get the sleeves long enough is great. For shorter arms, the cuffs have velcro, with the ability to “shorten” the sleeve length.

Well-vented.  There is a large back vent, side vents, and the zipper is two-way so you can unzip from the bottom up for extra venting.

Fits in your pocket.  The Double Century will roll up to about the size of a water bottle, so it can easily be stored in the pocket of your jersey when not needed.

Comfortable collar.  The microfiber lining in the collar is super comfortable.

High-visibility.  The white or orange colors are highly visible and the jacket has reflectors across the back and on the sleeves.

Ride with your tunes. Love the iPhone cord connector inside the chest pocket.

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Showers Pass® Double Century EX Jacket: The facts straight from Showers Pass

  • Super light, packable shell
  • Built with Cocona® Xcelerator™ naturally derived waterproof-breathable technology, in a 2.5-layer construction for a drier next-to-skin feel
  • Seam taped for wind and waterproofness
  • Core vents and back vent for flow thru ventilation
  • 360 degrees of 3M reflective trim
  • Chest pocket with water-resistant zipper
  • Hood Compatible
  • Light loop on back
  • Cinch cord on hem
  • Easy to use two-way zipper with storm flap and rain gutter
  • Available for men or women, with women’s specific fit
  • Colors: White or orange
  • MSRP: $160

Disclosure & Disclaimer: We received product samples from Showers Pass for evaluation. The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

SKINS compression wear, Interbike

SKINS™ Compression Wear

The 2012 USA Olympic road cycling team had some stylish kits thanks to compression wear maker, SKINS.

But, not only did they look good, they also contributed to the success of the team, which included gold-medalist, Kristin Armstrong.

SKINS compression wear, Interbike
SKINS compression wear, Interbike
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SKINS Compression Wear provides the correct level of pressure to specific parts of the body, enhancing circulation and delivering more oxygen to muscles –and, consequently, boosting your power, speed and stamina.

We recently caught up with Steve Ozmai, Director of Marketing for SKINS Compression Wear, to learn more about the benefits of SKINS Compression Wear for pro cyclists and weekend warriors alike.

SKINS compression wear, Interbike
SKINS compression wear, Interbike
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© Chasing Light Media

SKINS Compression Wear: Overview

SKINS… increases muscle oxygenation, decreases lactic acid build-up, and speeds recovery.

SKINS Compression Wear: Recovery garments

SKINS…helps prevent post-exercise swelling and helps to deliver
more nutrients to the muscle for muscle repair.

SKINS Compression Wear: For the weekend warrior

SKINS….decreases delayed onset muscle soreness by about 60%

SKINS Compression Wear: The facts straight from SKINS

SKINS has pioneered engineered gradient compression and dynamic gradient engineering, following years of research. When you apply compression to specific body parts in a balanced and accurate way, it accelerates blood flow. This gets more oxygen to your working muscles – and boosts your performance.

SKINS benefits include:

  • less lactic acid build up, more muscle oxygenation – and better circulation
  • more muscle power
  • wicking – to draw moisture away from the skin
  • temperature control, whether it’s hot or cold
  • 50+ UV protection

Disclaimer: The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. We received no compensation for this article. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.