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