Showers Pass Softshell Trainer jacket review£160.00

Waterproof and windproof

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Designed in Porland, Oregon, which has a wet climate, this Softshell Trainer has loads of well thought out features.

There are Scotchlite reflectives, waterproof zips, zip vents on the torso and behind the neck, and the vertical chest pocket has internal routing for an MP3 player. All seams are over-taped and waterproof.

The cuffs zip up nice and close to keep out chills, and there’s a jersey-style array of three rear pockets and a small zipped key/phone pocket. The sizing is spot on, a large being just that. The cut is close fitting with a drawstring waist and slightly dropped tail.

Tested in some of the worst weather we’ve seen in years, it’s very impressive, and warm enough to wear combined with a baselayer when it’s milder, or over a long sleeve jersey in the ice. It’s brilliant at keeping you warm and dry.

The quality of construction is some of the best we’ve seen and this has quickly become a favourite riding jacket. Ours is black but it’s also available in a more visible yellow/black. It’s available in sizes S (36in chest) to XL (48in).

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 188cm / 6'2''
  • Weight: 92kg / 203lb
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 112cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK

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