Just because you don’t want to look like a MAMIL on your way into work doesn’t mean your clothing has to be devoid of tech. Showers Pass is known for making some incredibly nice and functional outer wear along with a number of pieces designed specifically for the urban cyclist. Up to this point, most of the company’s jackets that were tailored towards commuters were their softshell pieces like the Amsterdam. While the Amsterdam is a great jacket, Showers pass listened to customer feedback and decided it was time for a lightweight, high tech rain jacket with a bit more style.
At just 300g for a medium jacket, the new Metro combines a 2.5 layer waterproof and breathable shell with interesting design to answer the call. Able to be rolled up into the size of a large water bottle, the Metro will keep you dry while looking the part both on and off the bike…
While it is designed to fit in at the nearest bar or office, the Metro still packs a number of cycling related features. Reinforced shoulders will keep your backpack or messenger bag from wearing out the fabric, while articulated elbows and adjustable cuffs and a slightly longer tail section make the fit appropriate for riding. The back pockets with waterproof zippers are angled for easy access and won’t interfere with most bags. In addition to the Artex Hardshell’s breathability, the jacket features two core vents and a separate Tail Pipe back vent to keep you dry.
Up close the fabric you’ll notice the subtle chevron pattern on the navy blue sides of the jacket which stands out against the black color blocking. Constructed from Artex 2.5 layer hardshell fabric, the jacket is seam taped and uses a 2 way YKK wide tooth front zipper with storm flap to keep you dry.
“From the street to the bike and back again, with uncompromising style and performance—that’s what we set out to deliver,” says Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson, “and it’s exceeded our expectations. The Metro performs brilliantly and looks amazing. And we put a premium on comfort: we spec’d our proprietary Artex fabric with a unique double-print technology. This lifts the membrane just a hair’s width farther away from the skin to allow it to breathe and wick perspiration better, killing any clamminess. It’s just a pleasure to ride in.”
Like a lot of Showers Pass jackets, the waterproof chest pocket offers a headphone port on the inside of the jacket. An asymmetrical front zipper is used to reduce chaffing at the neck which is combined with a soft moisture wicking collar.
If the Metro is anything like the other products we’ve tried from Showers Pass, it’s sure to be a hit. Available now in S-XL for $199.