One of the most impressive cycling rain jackets on the market is finally getting a pop of color. Heretofore only available in black, the Gore-Tex GORE Shakedry jacket now comes in grey, blue, and a high viz accented option.
The Shakedry retains its lightweight and packable form, while also maintaining a high degree of breathability and waterproof capability thanks to its permanent beading surface that cannot be washed away.
Initially this technology presented challenges when it came to color. Instead of working with a textile surface, which is conventional with raincoats, Shakedry jackets have the GORE-TEX membrane on the outside. This makes the jacket lighter and more breathable, but keeps it waterproof and allows raindrops to permanently just drip off. It cannot become soaked with water and, once the rain has passed, is immediately dry again after a quick shake. There is no need to re-treat the material.
But with the PTFE membrane of the jacket forming the visible outer layer, manufacturing limitations meant that this could only be produced in black. GORE was aware that some consumers prefer colors other than black when riding in the rain, especially for safety reasons due to diminished visibility.
So the GORE engineering team went to work and have overcome those manufacturing challenges. Besides the grey and blue options, there are also new GORE C5 GORE-TEX Viz models that feature neon-colored arm cuffs made from GORE-TEX Active Shell to ensure even greater visibility. There is even a new stretch version for an even better fit and greater freedom of movement. All told consumers will have a total of 18 GORE-TEX Shakedry jackets to choose from in the spring. Price starts at $280.
To learn more, spin over to www.gorewear.com.