Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

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Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby bikerwaser » 22 Dec 2020, 6:25pm

Hi All

I know there is a thread on rain jackets here but I need a rain jacket that has Pit Zips / Underarm vents.
It also needs to have a foldaway hood.

Any advice ?

Thanks !

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby De Sisti » 22 Dec 2020, 6:41pm

bikerwaser wrote:Hi All

I know there is a thread on rain jackets here but I need a rain jacket that has Pit Zips / Underarm vents.
It also needs to have a foldaway hood.
Any advice ?
Thanks !
Bikerwaser

Perhaps this may help.

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby roubaixtuesday » 22 Dec 2020, 7:46pm

Showers pass meet the requirements, are excellent but pricey.

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby andrew_s » 22 Dec 2020, 7:57pm

https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m6b0s66p294 ... sit-Jacket

The hood is a separate item that attaches with velcro. You'd have to both buy it and keep it in one of the pockets.

Under arm vents are quite good at letting the rain in if you don't close them, and if you do, they don't ventilate any more..
I've got a Gill eVent jacket (NLA) with similar vents.

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby Paulatic » 22 Dec 2020, 9:14pm

I have a RAB Downpour it has pit zips. Packs away into its pocket and also has a helmet friendly hood if you use a helmet. They are £100 but do seem well constructed.
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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby PH » 22 Dec 2020, 9:17pm

I'll make it a third plug for Showers Pass, there are other makes available, but these are the best I've used. I give some detail in the other thread, I'd add that they are cut different depending on intended usage and there's quite a difference between the 2.5 and 3 layer materials. Not all have pit zips, some have long zips placed further forward, I was a little sceptical but so far this seems to be as effective as the pit zips and easier to use.
I don't think any of them have fold away hoods, some are an additional velcro option and others zip off and store on a purpose designed inner pocket.
If you were to buy one that required a velcro hood, I can sell you a hood for half price, tried on once but never worn outside.
Some idea of usage and maybe budget might get you some more responses. There's also the second hand option, so you might mention what size you're looking for.

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby yostumpy » 22 Dec 2020, 10:32pm

Another vote for Showers Pass, they are designed for weather in Portland area, US, and that's very wet. Mine is Elite 2.1. Buy 2 sizes, send one back free. Usually have a 10% discount too for first order, UK outlet based in Scotland iirc,

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby SimonCelsa » 23 Dec 2020, 4:46pm

I had a good innings with a second hand showers pass refuge jacket complete with hood. It cost me about £15 from this forum. Unfortunately I bust a few teeth off the zip so it will no longer zip up.

I can't see how on Earth they can sell a 'rain' jacket without a hood. That really is taking the Mick and I wouldn't buy one of them out of principle!!

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby LollyKat » 25 Dec 2020, 6:05pm

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Note what he is holding! Personally I don't like an attached hood on a cycling jacket as IME it doesn't always turn properly with my head when looking round. Instead I use a separate water-resistant cap.

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby Sweep » 28 Dec 2020, 7:40am

I find my hair is pretty waterproof.
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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby gxaustin » 29 Dec 2020, 3:40pm

No hood since its for cycling but underarm vents and cheap
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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby pjclinch » 31 Dec 2020, 1:47pm

Sweep wrote:I find my hair is pretty waterproof.


My bald head is very much waterproof... but does get cold quite easily, especially in the wet.

I prefer a hat to a hood (including hillwalking when I don't have to worry about traffic), but there is certainly a Better Class Of Hood that will move with your head. These typically need volume adjusters to work properly, but it's no problem looking behind with one set up properly.

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Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

Postby bikerwaser » 2 Jan 2021, 12:47pm

Thanks for the help.

In the end I've bought a Marmot Precip. Just what I was looking for.

https://www.gaynors.co.uk/mens-c4/water ... EEEALw_wcB