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Showers Pass Timberline Jacket & Trousers Review

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These Showers Pass Timberline Waterproof items are designed for the more casual wearer and they’re not packed full of as many technical features as you might find elsewhere in the Showers Pass range.

  • Brand: Showers Pass
  • Product: Timberline Jacket and Trousers
  • From: showerspass.co.uk
  • Price: £195 jacket, £139 trousers
  • Tested: by Hannah for 5 months
showers pass timberline
After a rather wet commute…

They’re made with a plant based Biosource Nylon and recycled polyester facing, avoiding some of the environmental impacts of fibres common in the waterproof world. Showers Pass aims to be ethically and environmentally conscious and they offer a 2 year guarantee on these waterproof items, so your investment has some back up should you need it. I’ve been testing the women’s fit, but they also both come in a men’s cut. Always keen to see if the greener option is effective, I’ve been wearing these out in as much weather as I can find.

The trousers are a very different fit to the Showers Pass Refuge ones I tested previously. These ones are quite shallow in the waist, perhaps a little snug around it, and much shorter in the leg. If you’re an inch or two shorter than me (I’m 5 foot 9.5) and a UK size 12 (rather than a 12 getting on for a 14) I think you’ll find these size Mediums fit perfectly.

showers pass timberline

Their cut is very ‘normal’, slightly tapered around the ankle but not significantly so, with a little articulation around the knee. Generous zips around the calf make it just about possible to squeeze them on over boots, though a bit tight to take back off again without removing your footwear. Small flashes of reflective material are there, but overall they’re a fairly straight legged, slim fit pair of waterproof trousers.

They’re quite pleasantly non-rustley, making them great for walking in. I have done plenty of wet commutes on the road in them too, but as they lack the reinforced seat of the Refuge pants I don’t think this is their forte. I am drier, but where inner thighs rub the saddle and create a stress point, I find I get to work with a damp patch.

The jacket is similarly pared down compared to some bike jackets, making it casual looking enough that you won’t feel out of place in town with it on. The front pockets double up as ventilation, but if you’re like me and have pockets full of things like phone and wallet, you probably don’t want to walk around with your pockets unzipped. The lack of ventilation is, in my view, the key downfall of this jacket. It is just too warm to be active in, even if that is a fairly moderate walk across the moors rather than anything too epic. However, its hood is excellent, and with the help of the drawstrings it cinches up well and stays in place, even into the foulest of headwinds. If you don’t like the hood, you can remove it – but I love a hood. I would be likely to wear this jacket a lot more if only it had some form of underarm or back ventilation, or indeed anything that allowed you to cool off without losing your stuff. It’s a flattering and practical cut for a multi-purpose waterproof, so I’ll be likely to keep using it for casual outings rather than the demands of physical days doing outdoor pursuits.

Both trousers and jacket have proven to be waterproof, but the outer fabric does wet out. This means that while you’re not actually wet on the inside (unless you’re putting specific pressure on it with a backpack or saddle), you do feel the cold of the outer fabric, especially in the wind. Combine this with the lack of vents on the jacket and as you peel off the outer layers you can feel like you’ve got damp and cold. A few minutes in a warm building and that sensation generally eases up, but it’s not one I’d like to have returning to a cold tent or bothy.

Overall

I’d want the Showers Pass Timberline jacket to have better vents and the Showers Pass Timberline trousers to have a reinforced bum before I’d head off into the wilds with these waterproofs, especially on a mountain bike. However, if you’re more of a casual cyclist and weekend walker in search of a more eco-friendly set of waterproofs, I think these are worth a look.

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Review Info

Brand: Showers Pass
Product: Timberline Jacket and Trousers
From: showerspass.co.uk/
Price: £195 Jacket, £139 Trousers
Tested: by Hannah for 5 months
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  • Showers Pass Timberline Jacket & Trousers Review
  • mudfish
    Full Member

    Yeah that wetting out is frustrating, my Showers Pass jacket does it too, it did from new. Gets soaked pretty fast even in light rain.
    I think this may affect breathability aswell as feeling cld. Shame ‘cos their designs are very good.

    DWR is pretty crap nowadays it seems – since the nasty chemicals were removed. (banned) It seems to wear off in no time.

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    £340 for a set of waterproofs that aren’t amazing still feels wrong to me.

    jimthesaint
    Full Member

    Hannah – Did the jacket wet-out like that from new? Have you washed it since you were given it?

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    I haven’t washed it, the jacket seemed to wet out quicker than the trousers, but I had worn it in non wet weather plenty of times before getting it wet, whereas the trousers I only wear when actually wet. So they beaded more at the start.

    mudfish
    Full Member

    I think the DWR quickly works off areas like sleeves / sides pack strap areas on shoulder because they rub.
    Mine wetted out before washing despite a few manufacturer recommended low temp tumble dryer sessions. I’ve now done it with Grangers Repel spray, set in the dryer.
    Not been in the rain but it beads under the tap.

    jimthesaint
    Full Member

    In a previous life I worked in the DWR business.

    That jacket looks like either
    A. It hasn’t had a DWR applied. To be honest though I’ve seen some calenderised polyimides and polyesters without a DWR bead up better than that. Which leads me to think that it’s more likely…..
    B. There’s some sort of hydrophilic contaminant coating it (Diesel and Petrol fumes can have that effect). It’s not the easiest to clean off yourself but if you have a go do a 1st wash with Tech Wash and a stain remover additive (one that’s added to the wash not direct on the fabric) like Vanish. Then a 2nd wash just with Tech Wash and an additional rinse. Tumble dry and see if it beads.
    If the home wash didn’t work try dry cleaning from a good drycleaners that know about waterproof textiles and use the Greenearth process. If after that it’s still not beading then at least you’ve prepped the fabric ready for a DWR.

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