Showers Pass and IMBA Join Forces for Mountain Biking
Cooler temperatures are definitely in the air, but that doesn’t mean the cycling season is over. In fact, it only means that the trails are clearing out and making room for those who are willing to put up with some frosty morning starts. And when it comes to ‘putting up with’ cold weather cycling – the Portland, Oregon based Showers Pass has been doing their best to eliminate the discomfort of rain, snow and cold weather by building outdoor gear designed specifically for inclement weather. Now Showers Pass and IMBA have come together to up the ante on some great new fall/winter riding gear built specifically for mountain biking.
Showers Pass and IMBA Team Up for Mountain Biking
Showers Pass announced their partnership with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) earlier this year at the Sea Otter Classic in California. For the next several years, Showers Pass will donate a portion of the company’s proceeds and sales to the mountain bike advocacy group. Now, just in time for fall, they’ve announced the first wearable result of this mutual alliance – the launching of their new IMBA Jacket. It’s a combination of 2.5 layer hard-shell waterproof breathable performance fabric, ventilation, and reinforced shoulders – and does so without any ridiculous NASCAR colorways. On top of the jacket’s own intrinsic coolness – 5% of the net proceeds of each IMBA Jacket will be donated back to the International Mountain Bicycling Association and their Trail Solutions Team. In fact, Team members will be outfitted with the IMBA Jacket directly from Showers Pass to boot.
“We are thrilled to partner with IMBA, local IMBA chapters and the Trail Solutions team. They share our common core values of trail stewardship and advocacy,” says Kyle Ranson, Showers Pass President. “Having the opportunity to partner with such a wonderful organization is very exciting, especially since we share a mutual goal of enabling the pursuit of outdoor adventure, this is a seamless collaboration.”
IMBA Jacket Features:
- Featuring fully seam taped, Artex 2.5-layer double charcoal print waterproof-breathable hardshell fabric
- Reinforced shoulders protect the fabric from backpack straps
- Extra-long core vents prevent overheating
- Ergonomic easy-grip zipper pulls
- 360 degrees of 3MTM ScotchlightTM Reflective Material trim for maximum visibility
- Removable adjustable hood fits over a helmet and stows in inside pocket
- Removable microfiber lens cloth in right-hand pocket
- Double toggle hem cinch for adjustable fit
- Soft moisture wicking lining at collar
- Light loop on back
- Front hand warmer pockets and inside chest pocket with audio port
- Weight 15oz in Men’s Medium
The IMBA Jacket was designed specifically with Mountain Bikers in mind. The removable adjustable hood is large enough to cover helmets but stows easily inside one of two interior jacket pockets when its not raining or snowing out. With two front hand-warmer pockets as well as inside chest pockets complete with audio port, its equipped with plenty of storage space for most trail days. It weighs in at 15 oz (Men’s size medium) which is 21% lighter than their popular Refuge Jacket for comparison.
It will retail at $199 MSRP. Colors are grey or green for men and orange or grey for women.
IMBA’s mission is to create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes. Since 1988, the non-profit educational association and its 200+ local chapters have advocated for mountain bike access and IMBA chapter volunteers build and maintain trail networks across the country. IMBA’s professional Trail Solutions staff excels at planning, design, construction, and management of trail systems that provide high-quality riding experiences while minimizing environmental impacts.
Interested in learning more about your local IMBA chapter? Joining is the most effective way for you to build and maintain the amazing trails you love to ride. Membership dues support your local chapter’s work and IMBA’s efforts nationwide. Learn more about IMBA, or become an IMBA member here.