Jackets made for biking through ‘April Showers’

Showers Pass touts a “race cut” design, and indeed on a ride the Skyline fits close and feels performance-oriented with zero flapping in the wind.

Made of a slightly stretchy material, the jacket is comfortable on the bike and off. Its angled front zipper scoots around the chin to avoid contact.

Skyline Softshell from Showers Pass

Large-tooth zippers on the jacket make it easy to zip even while riding — no tugging or two-hand menuvers needed.

Showers Pass adds 3M Scotchlite reflective material all around so that light bounces off sharply on dark rides, keeping you more visible.

One unique feature: There’s a tiny vent on the upper back that opens with a zipper. It lets you air out when overheating by offering an air “intake valve” of sorts for a rider in a tuck.

Overall, the $180 Skyline performed great. It’s more a winter jacket than a rain shell, though it can stand up to drizzle and even short downpours when the sky opens unexpectedly on your ride.

—Editors Patrick Murphy and Stephen Regenold contributed to this report.

Skyline Softshell (left) and O2 side by side

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Patrick Murphy

Patrick is a writer based in Boston with a penchant for life on two wheels and sleeping outside.

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