Quick Take: Gore Xenon 2.0 Windstopper Active Shell Jacket

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Why You Want: You’re looking for a stylish, slim fitting, wind-blocking jacket that’s good for temps in the 35-45-degree Fahrenheit range, and can be stuffed in a jersey pocket when not in use.

Pros: Fit is trim and ergonomic, designed specifically for being bent over handlebars. Reflective piping and lettering on the back, chest and sleeves help keep you visible during low-light wintertime rides. Semi-lock chest zipper allows for one-handed opening. Mesh lining on the sleeves and side panels helps trap heat. Rear zip pocket is large enough for a smartphone, keys and cash. Elongated back keeps road spray at bay. Elastic sleeve cuffs fit snuggly and block the wind.

Cons: Yes, you can stuff this jacket into a jersey pocket, but it’s a little bulky compared to lighter weight jackets on the market. Also, while the fit is perfect when on the bike, if you take a stroll through a coffee shop, expect the chest to pull tight and the front rise up. And of course the near-$200 price tag will scare off some shoppers.

RoadBikeReview Take: Above all else, cycling clothing is about fit and this jacket fits me really well. The caveat is that we’re talking about a slim, tall build that is still being squeezed a tiny bit in the chest when standing up in our size Large jacket. The upside is that when you’re bombing a steep descent, that snug fit keeps the jacket from flapping around like a parachute. I also loved the elastic cuffs, which when paired with gloves, created a solid wind-barrier. Best of all the Gore Windstopper fabric is both breathable and windproof, meaning it keeps you warm while at the same time allowing excess body heat to escape. Bottom line, this jacket has become a regular in my cold-weather riding rotation.

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Price: $199 (5 sizes, 3 color combinations)

More Info: www.goreapparel.com

Quick Take: Gore Xenon 2.0 Windstopper Active Shell Jacket Gallery
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Gore Xenon 2.0 Side View

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Windstopper Jacket

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Back Pocket

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Front Zipper

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Form Fitting Cuff

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Cuff

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Reflective Piping

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Windstopper Shell

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Inside of Sleeve

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Inside of Side Panel

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Gore Xenon 2.0 On bike

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Red Black

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Black White

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Back

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Gore Xenon 2.0 Black Black


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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