With a longstanding reputation for innovation and a back catalogue of in-house engineered fabrics so staggeringly comprehensive, you're almost guaranteed to have worn Gore designed textiles at some point as part of your outdoor gear. Gore Bike Wear though, aren't content just creating fabrics - they can compose them just as well, and with their SHAKEDRY jacket, they've managed to crack one of the longstanding conundrums of cycle clothing.
Waterproof, windproof, highly breathable and weighing a minuscule 116 grams in a large size, the Gore Bike Wear One Gore-Tex SHAKEDRY Active Bike Jacket is a revelation for road riders tired of riding in clothing that promises much but rarely delivers. The star product in Gore's highlight "One" clothing collection. This range features the most exclusive and high-performance items that Gore Bike Wear produce and come exclusively in a pared down, under-the-radar black colourway.
Named for its staggering ability to bead water droplets, the One Gore-Tex SHAKEDRY Active Bike Jacket can quite literally be shaken until it's dry, with no water remaining on the surface. This provides stunning protection in even the heaviest downpours, you can simply keep riding without having to take shelter when the rain starts punishing you on the descent. Breathability is no mean feat in a fully waterproof jacket, though. If any company were to sidestep this conundrum, it had to be Gore Bike Wear.
Taking their lead from the conventional three-layer membrane waterproof garments that, although externally protective, can internally trap moisture, Gore Bike Wear decided that a minimalist design was best. Rather than doubling up layers, Gore saw that the real path to complete breathable waterproofing was reinforcing and reinventing that single waterproof membrane. This reduces the sheer size of the buffer that body vapour encounters, and reduces the build up of moisture inside of the jacket.
Naturally lightweight and subsequently, quite delicate, the fabric of the Gore Bike Wear SHAKEDRY Jacket is ideally suited to road riding and isn't advised for use when mountain biking, or when wearing a backpack or strapped bag. This, however, shouldn't preclude it for use in the great outdoors, be that touring or adventure riding.
This quite astounding SHAKEDRY material is exclusive to Gore Bike Wear. As any cyclist of merit knows, without a decent clothing composition you can still get wet through inadequate seaming. This is not so with the SHAKEDRY jacket. Benefitting from a reinforced dropped hem and sealed seams, ingress simply isn't an issue you're going to have to deal with.
The Gore Tex SHAKEDRY jacket comes in two versions - the standard One SHAKEDRY format, and the more relaxed fit for the bigger built rider going on a long distance endurance ride. Whichever version you choose, this jacket offers the same top drawer protection. The more relaxed fit jacket has a feature list that also includes an adjustable Velcro collar and a rear pocket that doubles as a stow-away pocket, leading Cycling Weekly to review it as being...
...comparable to a lightweight rain cape with regard to weight, packability and versatility, but possesses the waterproof performance of a hardshell. Although expensive, if you require the best, this is it.
Recieving positive reviews all around, the Gore Bike Wear One 1985 GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY Jacket remains lightweight for the performance minded cyclist, whilst offering enough space for a more relaxed riding position.
An additional women's specific version boasts the same race features as the men's standard Gore Bike Wear One Jacket. This version looks to extend the fabric advancement and technological cut to women riders, allowing them to ride into the unknown assured that they're protected from the very worst of the weather.
Packable into its own pocket for neat storage and complete with reflective logos and reflective transfers, this jacket remains low-key and unpretentious. The perfect dependable rear pocket rain jacket, weighing just 99 grams in a small size, it is easily whipped out at the first sight of menacing clouds. All this helps to make your ride all the more comfortable, whatever the weather.
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