The 7mesh Oro is the world’s lightest Gore-Tex rain jacket

7mesh beats Gore and Castelli models with the same Active fabric

Canadian boutique brand 7mesh has begun selling what is now the world’s lightest rain jacket made of the new Gore-Tex Active fabric. The 7mesh Oro weighs a claimed 93g in size medium.

The Gore-Tex Active fabric is a hyper-light waterproof material that doesn’t use an outer layer over the breathable membrane, as past Gore fabrics have done.

The material is used by Gore in its new 116g One 1985 jacket, and by Castelli with its 120g Idro jacket.

The three jackets differ slightly in cut and design.

The Active material is hyperlight and thin, without the face material that past Gore-Tex waterproof fabrics had (and many still have)
The Active material is hyperlight and thin, without the face material that past Gore-Tex waterproof fabrics had (and many still have)

The Oro keeps weight to a minimum with elements serving dual purposes. For instance, the vents double as
 pass-throughs for jersey pockets, and a pocket serves as a stuff sack that the jacket packs into.

7mesh forewent an elasticated bottom hem, instead going for a reinforced, reflective edge.

The jacket comes in six sizes, from XS to XXL.

Suggested retail pricing is $299 / £249.

7mesh is a Canadian boutique company founded by former Arcteryx staff
7mesh is a Canadian boutique company founded by former Arcteryx staff

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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