Showers Pass, a riding apparel company based in southeast Portland, continues to push the boundary on innovative bike apparel that works in wet weather. Their latest is a jacket that packs up small and packs a high-tech rain-busting punch. I’ve got one to try out so stay tuned for a proper review.
For now, check out the press release below…
New Double Century RTX Jacket Features First-Ever 2.5-Layer Waterproof-Breathable Fabric with Double Charcoal Print
This groundbreaking new road-cycling shell raises the bar on year-round performance in variable weather conditions, next-to-skin comfort, and antimicrobial properties.
Portland, OR | February 10, 2015 — The Double Century RTX jacket is the road cyclist’s new total package in all-weather outerwear. Its revolutionary Artex 2.5DC waterproof-breathable fabric is dubbed DC because of the Double Charcoal print inside, which lifts the membrane off the skin, delivering a drier and incomparably comfortable interior. Yet for all this, it weighs just 11.2oz (317gr) in a men’s medium.
Regular 2.5-layer hardshell jackets feature a face fabric, a waterproof membrane, and a print that makes up the half layer. To offer more space between the waterproof membrane and your skin, Artex 2.5DC is printed with a charcoal material twice. This not only provides superior comfort for such a lightweight jacket; the antimicrobial charcoal also fights odors, unlike your average 2.5-layer waterproof fabric, which is lined only with cellulose.
Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson says, “We believe we’ve created a new category in waterproof-breathable technology with our Artex 2.5DC fabric. The level of comfort against the skin and the antimicrobial properties are unprecedented in a jacket this lightweight. And seven venting options allow you to dial in the perfect setup for intensity and conditions. There’s simply nothing else out there like it.”
o Waterproof-breathable Artex 2.5DC hardshell fabric for lightweight weather protection
o Fully seam taped for wind- and waterproofness
o YKK Vislon 2-way front zip with storm flap and chin guard
o Core vents and large back vent for flow-through ventilation
o Chest pocket with audio port and large back pocket with water-resistant zippers
o Exclusive airflow-regulating cuffs
o 360 degrees of 3M Scotchlite reflective trim for maximum visibility
o Soft, moisture-wicking collar lining
o Compatible with hood (sold separately) via hook-and-loop attachment points
o Locker loop at collar
o Light loop on back vent
The Showers Pass Double Century RTX Jacket retails for $175 and is available now in Lime and White, sizes SM–XXL, for men, and Plum and Lime, sizes XS–XXL, for women.
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