I'm on a quest for the ultimate winter cycling jacket. It's proving to be rather hard. I've decided for my own comfort, that the jacket has to be made out of gore-tex. It has to have reflective striping on the back for my own safety. I'd love for it to also not scream cycling jacket when I'm off the bike. A hood would be nice too.
I've tried the Gore Alp-X jacket. It's close, but too thin. It's a good spring/fall jacket for when it's wet.
The local standby, MEC offers the Derecho jacket. Sadly, no front hand pockets and only two very loud colours. It's also not made out of Gore-tex. Reviews say it performs as well as Gore-tex. The other problem is that there is no ETA for this jacket in stores. A standard MEC trait.
Mec also sells, but is out of stock of the Showers Pass Elite jacket. Reviews however point me to the previous jacket as a better buy.
The jacket I think I want is the Gore Cosmo. However, no dealer has one in the area, and ordering one means I have to keep it. Which is a hard sell considering the price.
My search continues.