Softshell vest protection.

Gore Bike Wear knows that cyclists prefer the full-upper body coverage provided by its softshell jackets, but it also knows that sometimes a vest is more in order. That's why it developed the new Power SO Thermo Vest, which uses the same proven WindStopper material as its element-blocking jackets, only in a more versatile and layer-friendly design.

Similar to other protective outerwear layers in Gore's POWER line, the Power SO Thermo vest was constructed using WindStopper Soft Shell fabric. This is essentially a fleece-lined, membrane-backed stretchy material that moves with you while riding. The characteristics of this fabric are ideal for exercising in cool and cold weather, as Soft Shell provides a light, flexible layer of insulation, yet it also blocks the wind and rain with its inner-membrane. WindStopper provides the comfort of a mid-layer and the water-resistance of a shell all in one. Additionally, this material's composition also breathes incredibly well, which allows moisture to escape from within, rather than collecting inside and chilling your body like other membrane layers. This means that your body remains warm, dry, and comfortable during all of your rides.

Gore Bike Wear describes the fit of the Power SO as "slim," which means that it stays close to the body without constricting. Gore Bike Wear took a minimalist approach when designing the vest, so there's only a single mesh pocket on the lower back panel. But there's also a zippered pouch below this that houses a detachable storage bag (LOKSAK) for sealing off your electronic devices from the elements. The tall collar is fleece-lined, and there's a partially elasticized hem. Gore finished off the vest with reflective elements on the front, sides, and back.

The Gore Bike Wear Power SO Thermo Vest is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/white, Neon Yellow/black, and Red/white.

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Incredibly warm

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

Dont wear it often but when its cold, this vest keeps me warm. I purchased large, its a good fit in the chest but a little more roomy in the mid-section. Not baggy though. Its also a bit short for a large vest, which i like. NOTE: i dont ride in sub 40 temps

A great vest

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

This is a great vest for those cooler/rainy days. When paired with a short sleeve jersey and arm warmers I will use anywhere from 45 - 55 degrees. I am 5'11" 155lbs and the medium fits great with enough room underneath to layer a short sleeve jersey.

Part of your layering options-great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This vest is quite warm, windproof, and fits well. I normally go M in a vest, but went L for this one. The zipper did blow-out a couple of times, but these were not permanant issues, nor repeatable on each wear.

A really great vest, but be careful.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

The Gore Thermo Vest is outstanding for those cool fall days when the temperatures are in 40's or on those early Spring rides as well. It is very well made and looks really great. Be careful, however, when you order to check the size chart. I'm 6'1'' and weigh 185. Chest is 43" and I usually wear an XL, but had to order an XXL to get the correct fit. CHECK THE SIZE CHART before you order.