While JoeBike Apparel on Hawthorne carries stylish urban bike clothing, our main bike shop a few blocks away, on Lincoln & Cesar Chavez, carries rain gear: jackets, pants, booties, gloves, helmet liners, and other things from Showers Pass, Endura, Soma, Planet Bike, and others. Most of our jackets and pants are Showers Pass and Endura.
Portland-based Showers Pass designs breathable, rainproof men’s and women’s bike clothing for commuters and other bike enthusiasts. It’s the brand of choice among Joe Bike employees and their loved ones. Because it’s absolutely perfect for Portland’s rainy season, we’re a Showers Pass dealer. Another nice thing about this stuff is that running it through the washing machine actually improves its rain-repellant characteristics.
Showers Pass bike clothing has won raves for its superior fit and performance from cyclists, independent bike shop owners and the media. Outside Magazine calls the Showers Pass Elite 2.0 “a wet-weather cyclist’s best friend.” We like Showers Pass also because it looks more like street clothing, should you ever need to interrupt your life by getting off your bike.
New for fall 2012: the Rogue Hoodie, $160:
Here’s what Showers Pass has to say about the hoodie: “A streetwise, bike-friendly, and fiercely weather resistant technical hoodie, the Rogue is like your favorite sweatshirt, only better. The Rogue features a 3 layer waterproof softshell Artex material ideal for temperatures 55 degrees and below.”
Hugely popular, the Double Century men’s ($160) now comes in gray (below) as well as the traditional orange. The women’s cut this year comes only in orange (shown above). “The Double Century EX is a super light, packable shell for your most memorable rides. Built with Cocona® Xcelerator™ naturally derived waterproof-breathable technology, in a 2.5-layer construction for a drier next-to-skin feel. Packs down to fit in a jersey pocket when the rain clears.”
Showers Pass bike jackets, rain pant, vests, and caps are also popular with winter hikers, Nordic skiers and runners who seek light weight, good ventilation and protection from rain and wind.
The women’s Club Pro jacket ($110) has been thoroughly revised and now comes in yellow or blue. “Introducing our new-and-improved versatile, affordable jacket for commuting, training and weekend rides. With a flattering cut and room to layer underneath it’s great for rainy dog walks, too. The Club Pro Jacket is updated with front cargo pockets and a new 2.5 layer fabric for added comfort and durability.”
The Showers Pass Double Century EX Jacket ($160) comes in both men’s and women’s cuts, in two colors, Electric Blue and Hornet Yellow (other colors available–just ask). With a light-weight, breathably waterproof shell, the Double Century lends itself as easily to long training rides as to commutes and recreational jaunts in Portland’s ever-changing Fall and Spring weather.
In addition to the Double Century we also stock the Elite 2.0, made from eVent breathable 3-layer waterproof fabric and available in gold or black. The Elite 2.0 is a little more of a heavier-duty jacket for rugged, all-year round commutes in nasty weather. You can see it now comes in light blue.
At the top of the list is the Showers Pass Mountain Elite jacket, available in either Blue or Red. EVent fabric paired with reinforced elbows patches and non-slip shoulder panels for a bac
kpack creates a bomb-proof package. Even though it has “Mountain” in the name it doesn’t mean you have to hit the dirt to get the full effect.
Double Century Jacket: $124.99
Elite 2.0 Jacket: $234.99
Mountain Elite Jacket: $254.99
For the lower half, we have the Showers Pass Club Convertible pant for both men and women, the unisex Storm pant and the unisex Roadie pant.
Club Convertible pant, $119.99: As its name suggests, the Club Convertible converts from a full length waterproof pant to a 3/4 length cropped pant for warmer weather or lighter rain. Complete with reflective piping and ankle cuffs, the Club pant can handle anything you can throw at it.
The Roadie pant, $159.99: The daily rain pant. Designed to fit over cycling clothes, full or 3/4 length, for women or men.
They keep you dry and comfortable through changing weather conditions. Recommended for roadies, randonneurs, commuters and wet weather recreation. Technical 3–season bottoms for serious training… with more bells and whistles than the crowd at the Tour de France. The Roadie distinguishes itself on longer recreational or training rides, or suits the commuter who rocks lycra for the ride into work.
The Storm pant, $59.99, is a good, light-weight inexpensive product that rolls into a tidy ball for easy storage.
Booties: The Club Shoe Cover and the Touring Shoe Cover. The Club is a lighter weight cover with a thin sole, not ideal for lots of walking. The Touring cover is almost a shoe itself, with a thicker, walkable sole.