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The Showers Pass Cyclone is a well-made and comfortable jersey with a full zip and a good fit. If the pocket layout suits the way you carry stuff on a bike, it's certainly one to consider.
The Cyclone is mostly constructed from a dimpled Lycra fabric that's very soft to the touch and nice and stretchy for a close fit on the bike. Under the arms and across the shoulders there are mesh panels to help the heat escape when you're working hard. The front zipper is full length with a locking head, and behind it there's a flap to stop it rubbing. The arm grippers are soft Lycra and at the hem there's an elasticated band with a silicone gripper. It stays in place nicely and it's really comfortable on the bike.
The fabric is rated to SPF50, so you won't fry in the sun, and after dark there are well-placed reflective details for a bit of visibility from every direction.
In use it puts in a good performance. The medium weight fabric is dense enough to stop a bit of wind and it wicks well too. With a base layer and arm warmers it's warm enough for a sunny autumn day, and it's unlikely to get too hot to wear it in the UK. The material wicks well, and dries quickly for its weight. The grippers are comfy but do their job: everything stays put on the bike.
Round the back you get the usual three pockets, but in an unusual configuration. The middle pocket is zippered and waterproofed, so it's useful for your phone, and the two side pockets have a sort of semi-circular access at the side, rather than at the top, ostensibly to make it easier to access the contents when you're riding.
I like to ride with a large sticky pod containing my tools and phone, and it wouldn't go in any of the three pockets on this jersey. Similarly, if you wanted to stuff a thin jacket in your jersey, you'd struggle here. If you lob your tools in a seatpack and use your jersey pockets for phone and flapjacks, you'll be fine. Once you've got used to the hole not being at the top, the pockets are very easy to use.
Overall it's a very likeable jersey. It's well made from good quality materials, comfortable and smart. I wouldn't choose it because the pocket configuration doesn't suit the way I like to carry stuff on a bike, but your mileage may vary there.
Good jersey for warm days, if the pocket configuration suits the way you carry stuff
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Showers Pass Short Sleeve Cyclone Jersey
Size tested: Medium, Firecracker
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?
Showers Pass says: "The Cyclone Jersey offers a body-mapped design for better ventilation and moisture management. Mesh underarm and back side panels provide more airflow where you overheat the most. 8 points of reflective material offer superior visibility from all angles in low light conditions. A zippered waterproof back pocket for cash or phone protects items from perspiration and unexpected rain showers. Two easy-access side entry back pockets offer room for tools or snacks. The main body fabric provides UPF 50+ sun protection."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
360o of reflective material for better visibility while in motion
Full length front zipper with auto lock slider
Non-binding short sleeve cuffs stay in place
Two easy-access side entry back pockets
Waterproof zippered back pocket for cash or phone protects items from perspiration and unexpected rain
Body-mapped for breathability and moisture wicking where you need it
UPF 50+ sun protection on main body fabric
Elastic hem with silicone gripper
YKK auto-locking front zipper with anti-chafing flap
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Pretty well, although I have issues with the pocket layout.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfortable, well made.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Pocket layout isn't as versatile as some.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? The pocket layout doesn't suit me.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's a good jersey, nicely made and comfortable.
About the tester
Age: 43 Height: 189cm Weight: 92kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.