You've never been so dry in the rain.
Versatility, timeless designs, and the most advanced fabrics available define the new POWER collection from Gore Bike Wear. This line of clothing is for the devoted year-round cyclist who prefers minimal styling and maximum functionality. The Power GT AS Jacket sits at the top of this line, as it was constructed with Gore's renowned Gore-Tex Active technology in order to keep you dry and comfortable in the harshest of riding conditions.
The Gore Bike Wear Power GT AS jacket employs Gore-Tex's Active Shell fabric for the paneling, which is one of the most breathable in the Gore-Tex lineup. This material keeps you moving freely and sheltered from the worst downpours. So, let's give it the quick rundown. The jacket is light and packable, fully-waterproof, and of course, breathable. To an extent, you may have thought that this was impossible for a waterproof hardshell. However, all of the variables are there to make the Power GT AS jacket an essential piece for high-energy output, wet-weather riding.
And because of the jacket's composition, it's guaranteed to keep you dry. But it also breathes exceptionally well, and it allows you to move freely on the bike. Gore Bike Wear describes the fit as "slim," which means that it stays close to the body without being constricting. The elbows are pre-shaped so that they don't tug at the underarms when you reach for the handlebars.
Again, Gore Bike Wear took a minimalist approach when designing the Power GT AS jacket, so there's only one zippered pocket placed on the lower back panel. Within this pocket, there's a detachable storage bag (LOKSAK) for sealing off your electronic devices from the elements. The cuffs are adjustable, and there's a partially elasticized hem. And because rainy conditions are often low-light conditions, the Power GT AS Jacket has reflective front and back logos.
The Gore Bike Wear Power GT AS Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/neon yellow, Red/black, and Splash Blue/black.
- Q & A
If you Sweat, this is not for you
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
Only wore once on a sunny 30F day in New England. My winter jersey was saturated with sweat. If the idea is to create a wet suit to keep you warm, then this is the perfect jacket. Just do not plan to stop, for a coffee.
Good and less good.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The good - very much waterproof. I've worn this in a driving, 48-degree rain and stayed very dry under.
The less good - I'd hesitate to wear this in anything but a steady, all day rain. It heats up fast, and one you get above mid- upper 50s and the rain tapers off, you're getting steamy underneath. But, when it's raining and miserable, it's great at keeping your core dry and thus warmer.
The real negative tho is something I notice about all Gore bike products - the fit is just not great. The jackets are all oversized, causing a ton of flapping in the wind. Sizing down works, but even then It's just not a tailored fit like a cyclist would want. I want to love this jacket, but I just like it.
POWER GORE-TEX? Active Jacket by GBW
GORE-TEX� Active jacket for an absolute dry cycling experience even in wet weather and road conditions. Highly breathable and protects from rain and road moisture. Even your smart-phone stays protected from the elements in the included LOKSAK�.
Great in heavy rain
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I commute in Seattle, and I bought this jacket to try to extend my season all the way through the year. I've been riding in it for about 6 weeks at this point, including a couple of heavy downpours and some dry-and-cold weather as well.
Not surprisingly for a Gore product, it's very waterproof. Definitely better than a couple of eVent pieces I've had in the past couple of years. The ActiveShell fabric is nice an light, and though it's still hard shell, it's got enough stretch to be pretty quiet. So, definitely guaranteed to keep you dry.
Guaranteed to breathe though? Depends. If you lived in Colorado and rode it exclusively on days under 40 degrees F? Sure. In a more humid climate? Debatable. I'm comfortable in this with a jersey and arm warmers under it when it's below 40. Up till about 45, I've got a bit of time but my arms especially are going to get clammy. Above that? No way.
So, if you're looking for a lightweight jacket that breathes really well but can keep a driving rain off, this isn't it. More something to pull out of the closet on really nasty days.
My only knock against it aside from how much it breathes is that collar. I'm hardly a pencil neck, but it's loose enough to let a bit of draft down my neck, and there's no way to tighten it up. Gore tried to keep the jacket simple and lightweight, which I get, but really, it's too big to put into a jersey pocket anyway.
I would also note that so far it seems very well constructed. I've washed it a couple of times, shoved it in backpacks, worn it near daily and it still looks new.