Based in Portland, Oregon but with a hub in the UK, Showers Pass make advanced active apparel and gear for people that look ouside, see the rain, and still decide to go out on a massive trek.

With active apparel being such a crowded marketplace, the only way to really rise above your competition is to create products that stand out. Something Showers Pass have managed to do in style. However, you won't see anything garish in their shop - just functional and classic. Take for example the Transit Waterproof Backpack and Cyclone Jersey (both of which we were lucky to get our hands on): they look stunning, feel great, and ultimately serve a purpose. They're also built to such a high quality that the relatively high-end pricing quickly becomes justified.

But Showers Pass is more than just a house for creative gear - something CEO Kyle Ranson explained to us when we quizzed him about what item he was most proud of creating: "It's not an individual piece, the fact that the core team of original employees have worked together for more than ten years, all are still here and are wholly responsible for growing the brand."

A CEO that shines a light on their team? That's refreshing. Read on below to find out more about our new favourite company.

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How did the company get started?

Back in 1997, Dave Morrow founded the company as a result of friends of friends asking him for one of the jackets he had put together using eVent fabric, nothing else like it existed at the time. The business operated as a hobby business for the next 10 years off the corner of Daves desk.

How does the design process work for you: specifically the balance between functionality and aesthetic?

For every product we design, we like to look at it from a problem-solving standpoint. Once we feel we have solved the problem we go at it from an aesthetic standpoint. So in short, functionality drives the process aesthetics takes it over the finishing line. Our new MTB shorts are a great example of this. The problem, traditionally MTB shorts are super baggy to give the dexterity needed on the bike, could we engineer a trimmer fitting short that looks great off the bike yet performs exceptionally well on the bike. We believe we pulled it off.

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Who is the best cyclist at the company?

We have a number of fairly talented cyclists, but the crown has to go to Sue who heads up our logistics team; an ex-pro mountain biker unbelievably smooth on the bike. My only claim over the team is I'm the best at riding backwards sitting on the bars.

If one album could sum up the brand, what would it be and why?

It has to be Jazz by Queen, timeless, progressive, rulebreaking and innovative.

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What piece are you most proud of and why?

It's not an individual piece, it's the fact that the core team of original employees have worked together for more than ten years, all are still here and are wholly responsible for growing the brand.

Lastly, what do you have coming up that you think we should keep a look out for?

Our super cool line of wool blend tops, shipping in May.


You can learn more about Showers Pass by heading to showerspass.com. They can also be found on Twiter and Instagram.