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Showers Pass bring us products for rainy days and the Double Century RTX jacket is no different. It's lightweight and packable but above all it keeps the rain out, like most though it struggles with the heat once the going gets tough.
The RTX is designed to be stowed away in a jersey pocket so to keep things lightweight Showers Pass have gone for 2.5 layer waterproof fabric. This means that you get a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coated waterproof membrane with the body side of the fabric being embossed or printed to keep it away from the skin providing ventilation and breathability. Artex 2.5DC (Double Charcoal) is Showers Pass' version.
Although there are plenty of vents, seven apparently when you account for the cuffs and two way zip alongside two core ones and one at the rear, the RTX still gets clammy when you are riding hard or the temperature is above 10 degrees.
Waterproof? Well, it all depends on the rating to what level of water resistance you are going to get and although Showers Pass don't state that rating the majority of these jackets are 10,000mm (Hydrostatic rating) which should keep out moderate to heavy rain before finally succumbing to it.
This is about right with what I found in testing, heavy short showers or steady persistent rain was fine but a mixture of the two would see you getting wet.
The membrane and DWR coating is backed up with taped seams and storm flaps over the zip to keep the rain out. Added to this is an optional hood that you can purchase and a dropped rear tail to keep road spray from soaking your backside.
The fit is relaxed so you are best dropping a size from what you'd normally wear if you want an athletic fit, or as close as you are going to get, it's not exactly tailored. This sizing is throughout the jacket too, the arms and tail on my usual sized medium were a little on the long side.
This is a packable jacket so it needs to be easy to take off and fold while in the saddle, you don't to keep stopping and starting the club run every time the weather changes. This is where the RTX excels, it folds very easily into a small bundle that fits nicely into a rear pocket. Unfolding the jacket and putting it back on is just as simple.
As far as storage goes you get a chest pocket which has an audio port, a whole to stuff your headphones through basically, and a larger pocket at the rear.
Should you ride in the dark there is a continual strip off reflective material running around the jacket and a light loop on the rear. There is also a lime model if the white isn't to your taste.
Overall the RTX is a good jacket and although clammy it is a better than its competitors though the majority I've tested are a lot cheaper. If offers good weather protection and it is very easy to fold up and put in a pocket. All that said, the £125 price tag is a big one and I don't think it quite has the comfort or fit it to justify the price tag. Yes, it's good, but in my opinion it's not quite that good.
Easy to pack with decent waterproofing though a relaxed fit and mediocre breathability means its price is hard to swallow.
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Make and model: Showers Pass Men's Double Century RTX cycling jacket
Size tested: White - Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Double Century RTX is a waterproof jacket lightweight enough that it can be folded into a rear jersey pocket. It offers decent water proofing though the fit is a little on the loose side.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Waterproof and Breathable Artex 2.5DC hardshell fabric for lightweight weather protection
*Fully seam taped for wind and waterproofness
*YKK wide tooth 2-way front zipper with storm flap and chin guard
*easy grip ergonomic zipper pulls on all zippers
*Core Vents and large back vent for flow thru ventilation
*Chest pocket with audio port and large back pocket with water resistant zippers
*Exclusive airflow–regulating cuffs
*360 degrees of 3MTM ScotchliteTM Reflective Material trim for maximum visibility
*Soft moisture wicking lining at collar
*Cinch cord at hem
*Hood compatible via hook and loop attachment points at collar (sold separately)
*Locker loop at collar
*Light loop on back vent
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It does a decent job of keeping the rain out but the clamminess of the material against the skin isn't very nice.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The loose fit
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, it's ideal as an emergency jacket
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Not a bad jacket, in fact it's a good one, just not good enough to warrant the £125 price
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Mason Definition
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!