Thursday, January 2, 2014 12.00pm
By Cycling Plus
Gore-Tex has been the name in breathable waterproof fabrics since the dawn of time. Gore-Tex Active is designed to add even more breathability to the fabric, and the Gore Power Gore-Tex Active jacket makes the most of this technology.
It has a generous cut, with long enough sleeves to cover gloves with longish cuffs. You can fit more layers beneath it, too, but we'd worry about overheating. The back has a deeper drop, helping your rear stay dryer.
It has just a single rear pocket, though this does have an integrated waterproof pouch for your mobile. It has velcro-adjustable cuffs and a full-length waterproof zip with a storm flap and zip garage.
There's no drawstring around the hem, but the rear is elasticated – it does a reasonable job, though isn't quite as effective as a drawstring. There are reflective details on the arms, back and sides.
As impressively waterproof as we'd expect, but its breathability isn't up with the NeoShell. We've found Gore-Tex to work better the colder it is – with temperatures hovering around 12 degrees, we got pretty sweaty. We'd have liked pit zips to aid cooling, but these would have increased the cost.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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