Gore Path II waterproof jacket£139.99

Superb balance of comfort, weatherproofing and breathability

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The first thing we do when we get the waterproofs in for review is to inspect the quality of the internal taping: poor quality taping will let in rain straight away and deteriorate quickly with use. The quality of the Path II’s taping is – as you’d expect from waterproofing pioneers Gore – superbly executed.

This was confirmed by testing using a hydrostatic head, with both the material and seams proving impervious to water, even at high pressure. The jacket itself weighs just 270g and the polyester Paclite material – as its name suggests – means it can be folded down into a neat, stowable package. On the bike we found it offered a great balance of comfort, windproofing, waterproofing and breathability.

The full-length zip has external and internal protective flaps and a large loop for easy gripping, the front ‘Napoleon’ pocket and large rear pocket are well sealed against the rain, while the mesh rear pocket can double up as a cooling vent when things heat up. The neck, cuff and hem are all adjustable. Are there any improvements we’d like to see on the Path II? The yellow may be bright, but more reflectives wouldn’t go amiss.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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