• Gender: Men
  • MSRP: $125

When it comes time to ride home from work, run an errand, or push through a storm at the end of a long mountain bike ride, a good rain jacket is essential. We’ve come upon a number of great jackets designed for road riding, but sometimes it is better to have something with a looser fit, a heavier material, and a few more bells and whistles.

The Syncline jacket, made by Showers Pass, if a fine option for fall’s wet weather.

The 2.5-layer ArtexTM material — akin to a GoreTex — effectively keeps out the rain, unless things get particularly torrential. Although Showers Pass bills this material as breathable, we found it a bit clammy if we started pedaling hard.

Fortunately, the Syncline has a couple of vents, for warmer weather. They aren’t just your basic pit zips, however. The “cross-core” vents are a bit below your armpits, angled, which seems to help channel wind into your core while in a riding position. That placement works nicely as-is, but when you’re wearing a pack, the straps seem to interfere with the vents.

Two front pockets with sealed zippers, 3M reflective details, and an adjustable hood are all nice details as well.

Overall, the jacket fits a bit loose and large, so consider sizing down if you want a trim fit, or not, if you plan on putting a puffy vest underneath, for instance.

For comparison’s sake, the Syncline is priced nearly the same as Patagonia’s $129 Torrenshell jacket, one of our favorite all-around rain jackets. Although the Showers Pass shell has a few nice cycling-specific features, it isn’t an outright winner in a head-to-head with Patagonia.