I owned and wore a Showers Pass Elite jacket for years, until I wore it out. If you only need a jacket for cycling, the Elite is probably best. However, I wanted my replacement jacket for hiking, walking, and wearing around town in addition to cycling. The Refuge jacket fits the bill. I ordered the XL rather L, which my Elite was, so it would be roomy enough to layer clothes underneath in cold weather. So far, it's been perfect as a winter jacket and for rainy days. It keeps me warm hiking in cold, rainy weather as low as the 30's with just a flannel shirt underneath. Since I do a lot of hiking wearing a day pack, the reinforced shoulders are a nice touch. Like the Elite, the Refuge is well ventilated when temperatures warm up, so you don't get sweaty.
My only complaints are: the collar apparently was designed for someone with a long neck, so it hits my chin. Also the side vents have a mesh that seems to serve no purpose other than to jam the zippers.
The jacket really works as I got caught in a downpour yesterday and stayed nice and dry. The blue color is great; the fit for a small is a bit on the big size. I ordered a M and had to send it back for an S. There is plenty of room for layers underneath and the sleeves are plenty long as is the adjustable cord around the bottom.
My one complaint is that the zippers are sticky and I was unable to zip up while riding. Customer service recommended graphite or paraffin which I will try.
Nice fabric that provides protection against the rain and the cold. Zippers under the arms are great for ventilating when you get warmed up. And the zippered chest pocket and rear pocket provide great storage for the gear you need at hand. High visibility in the day time (yellow) and at night (reflective stripes). There are other excellent products out there, but it would be hard to find one better at this price point. Not cheap, but you'll never regret spending a few extra dollars here for years of good wear.
I have more than one Showers Pass jacket. They are well made, and comfortable. And more than any other brand of cycling apparel I've looked at, Showers pass includes design features important to cyclists: chest pocket for phone, additional pockets for storage of essentials, drop seat, and excellent wind and rain resistance. But the best feature, imo, is the added ventilation in the form of pit zips and ventilation yoke, and the Refuge is a clear winner here. There re long vents, from arm pits to hips, and a ventilation yoke across the shoulders. Those features greatly increase the comfort range of this jacket. It's clear that Showers Pass has listened to cyclists, and I suspect a bunch of them work there.