Showers Pass recently introduced the Men’s and Women’s Timberline Collection, a multi-sport rain collection featuring a mens and women’s jacket and pants. As part of their efforts to focus on sustainably manufactured apparel, the Timberline Jacket and pants use a Biosource nylon face fabric and recycled polyester lining. In addition, the garments utilize eco-friendly dyes that keep harmful chemicals out of the manufacturing process (and out of the rivers surrounding the factories and mills that produce them).
Being a Portland brand, many of the Showers Pass product names are recognizable to those us of living here, as they’re named after local spots. Timberline happens to be the name of our only (currently) operating lift-assisted bike park on Mount Hood, and ski/snowboard destination.
Features of the Men’s and Women’s Timberline Jackets
- 3-Layer Artex™ fabric selected for lightweight, soft, durable, and breathable qualities
- Biosource Nylon face fabric with recycled polyester lining
- Seam taped for waterproof construction
- Long core vents with water-resistant zippers double as hand pockets
- Two internal dump pockets provide ample storage
- Removable, adjustable, and helmet-compatible hood
- Double toggle hem cinch for adjustability
- Soft moisture-wicking lining at collar
- Attached key clip in right-hand pocket
The men’s and women’s Timberline Jackets posses the same materials, specs, and features, utilizing the 3-Layer Artex fabric and waterproof seam-taped construction. They both feature vents that double as hand pockets (items can remain secure if you’re strategic with your zipping), internal pockets, and a removable hood that is sized to fit over a cycling helmet.
Where they differ is the fit. The men’s jacket features a boxy, American fit, better for large bodies than slim cyclists. As I’ve previously worn Showers Pass Jackets in a size medium (I’m a small or medium depending on the style in their gear) to more easily layer for off-bike activities(they work quite well put into use as shells for snow sports), I thought I’d be fine with the medium, but I was swimming in the medium Timberline Jacket. I would have considered it a size large or extra large had I not seen the label (my hands didn’t even extend beyond the sleeves).
After swapping it out for a size small, I found it still to be larger than I’d prefer (I’m 5’10”, 164 lbs, 31″ waist, size 38 suit jacket). I tend to prefer a more fitted silhouette, and size up if I need to layer. That said, fit preference is personal, and we all have individual preferences. With this piece though, I’d recommend trying on first to avoid having to do an exchange; REI sells Showers Pass, and if you’re in Portland you can make an appointment to visit their showroom in SE Portland as well.
We did find that the relaxed fit made for easy layering at camp though.
Carolyn, our women’s jacket tester, liked the fit of the small women’s jacket and felt the sizing was spot on for her, while leaving room to add a sweater underneath for layering (she’s 5’8″ around 125 lbs, 27″ waist, with longer arms and wider shoulders than average).
On the trail
We’ve tested a number of the Showers Pass jackets, and they vary in weight, and breathability. The more waterproof jackets are (they’re all waterproof with seam taped construction, but when you’re flying down a hill and water is pelting the material, it will go through – wicking works both ways) the less breathable they are. No matter what, it’s going to be a bit of a trade off. My go-to jacket for commuting isn’t my favorite for a mountain bike ride, as sweat management is a priority over precipitation.
In terms of the weight of the materials and “monsoon resistance”, I found the Timberline somewhere between the Refuge (an expedition ready, heavy duty jacket suitable for serious winter cycle commuting/ wearing as a shell while snowboarding) and the Elements jacket.
The Timberline kept us dry and managed sweat adequately on a casual trail rides. The full length vents assist a lot in temperature control, but we both agreed we’d prefer a vent separate from the pocket — in terms of pocket usability. Of course, with these sorts of things, it’s always a trade off – the Elements and Refuge jacket do the vent and hand warmer pockets separately, and while the security of zippered pockets is nice, it does add bulk to the jacket.
We were in agreement that considering the Timberline is intended as a multi-sport jacket, we’d prefer separation of the vent and front pocket (for a fitted jacket aimed at trail riding, I think it’s a good solution). This of course comes down to personal preferences, but as it was a thing we discussed in length we thought it was worth mentioning here. We also both liked the subdued rear coverage, as you don’t always want to look like a bike geek.
The Showers Pass Timberline Jacket sells for $225.00. Learn more at ShowersPass.com.
Showers Pass Timberline Men’s Pant – First Look
The Timberline pant is a waterproof rain pant designed for cycling, but also intended for multi-sport use. Utilizing 3-layer waterproof Artex fabric, the Timberline pant features an updated fit that is much more tapered, which make them viable for off-road cycling applications in addition to rainy-day commuting.
- 3-Layer Artex fabric utilized for lightweight, durable, and breathable qualities
- Biosource Nylon face fabric with recycled polyester lining
- Seam taped construction for full waterproofing
- Compatible with suspenders
- Zippered fly opening for easy on-off
- Articulated knee
- Reflective trim on the knee, ankle zips, and back left leg
Showers Pass rain pants are renown for keeping cycling commuters dry throughout rainy Portland winters. Having taken the last few wet seasons off from bike commuting, I’ve resolved to braving the wet conditions again this year. My first impressions of the Timberline pants are positive – for a waterproof hardshell commuter pant they’re not too baggy while still allowing enough mobility to comfortable pedal and hike.
The Showers Pass Timberline Pants sell for $175. Check it out at ShowersPass.com