We told you about the revolutionary new One Gore-Tex Active fabric a little while ago, and now Gore Bike Wear has launched the first cycling jacket using it. It costs £219.99, weighs a claimed 130g and will be available in limited numbers.
The new fabric is a complete upgrade of its previous Active fabric. Instead of an outer DWR treated layer, the new fabric uses a 2-layer construction with a special permanent beading surface. This, reckons the company, makes the fabric lighter, more packable and more breathable.
At the claimed weight of 130g, it’s certainly very light. The previous Gore Active jacket road.cc tested weighed in at 208g, so that’s a considerable weight saving. That’s good for on-bike comfort but also the packability. It’s claimed to be able to pack down into a jersey pocket, certainly something you would struggle with the previous Active jacket.
Currently, the jacket is only available in the black colourway option now for sale, it’s not able to offer the new fabric in other colours yet. There do appear to be a smattering of reflective details, however, with a reflective logo on the sleeve and print on the sides and front and rear.
Features include a reinforced hem, front zip pocket which also doubles as a pouch to stuff the jacket, and zip tags for easy opening. There’s a full-length front zip, an ergonomically shaped collar and an elasticated hem.
We’ll hopefully get the new jacket in for review soon, and we’re keen to see just how breathable and waterproof it really is. We’ll be interested to see how durable the new fabric is, especially for commuting with a backpack rubbing at the shoulder panels or for cyclocross riding through brambles and skirting prickly hedgerows.
The list price of £219.99 places it near the top-end of the waterproof cycling jacket market, but considering it’s using state-of-the-art fabric technology with potentially game-changing performance benefits, the price doesn’t appear as eye-watering as it easily could do.
The One Gore-Tex Active Bike Jacket is available in five sizes (S-XXL) and is available now from www.goreapparel.co.uk. A running jacket is also available.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.