Train through the dead zone.
Gore Bike Wear is celebrating the start of the third decade since it introduced the Giro jacket with the jacket's versatile descendant, the men's 30th Anniversary Phantom 2.0 SO Jacket. When the Giro debuted, it taught us that rain protection didn't have to be the equivalent of a giant plastic bag, and the Phantom celebrates this heritage by continuing it with even more elemental protection. Gore's venerable Windstopper Soft Shell material is windproof, water-resistant, and breathes to eliminate sweat and water vapor so one hard effort doesn't mean two more hours of cold, clammy moisture under your base layer. The Phantom may be the ideal jacket for training through that base mile dead zone from late fall to early spring.
We love Windstopper fabric, but it's hardly a rarity in cycling clothing these days. What really sets the Phantom 2.0 apart from the legion of jackets using similar materials are the sleeves. With a zip-zip the raglan sleeves come off, exposing short, soft sleeves and converting the Phantom to a jacket that's appropriate for fall or spring. When in full-sleeve mode, the inclusion of stretch panels ensures a restriction-free fit that maintains better coverage while you're stretched out in the drops.
The jacket is finished with a zippered underflap at the rear hem to protect you from wheel spray on wet days. Elastic bindings on the cuffs and hem keep the jacket in place, and three rear pockets provide enough storage for all your essentials plus the sleeves if conditions require you to remove them mid-ride. Reflective elements on all sides of the jacket keep you visible in low-light conditions.