Gore’s Shakedry fabric has, ahem, shaken up the waterproof jacket market in the last couple of years, thanks to its superb waterproofing and breathability. We awarded the C5 Shakedry 1985 Viz version of the jacket five stars in December 2018.
“It’s difficult not to pour superlatives on the 1985, it just hits all the bases bang on,” said BikeRadar’s senior technical editor, Warren Rossiter.
Unlike a conventional three-layer waterproof jacket, Shakedry is made up of two layers. Gore has removed the outer face fabric, directly exposing the waterproof membrane to the elements.
In our experience, Shakedry offers persistent, permanent beading and, because there’s no face fabric, it won’t wet-out like some regular waterproof jackets. It’s extremely lightweight, too.
“After plenty of showers and wet rides we’re still impressed with the 1985’s ability to shed water; you simply shake it or brush off the beaded water and the 1985 keeps on protecting,” said Warren.
Right now there are a few deals out there on Shakedry jackets, although they’re still pretty pricey and the discounts tend to be on a few sizes at each retailer.
Gore R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail hooded jacket
A good option for mountain bikers or runners, the Trail version of Gore’s Shakedry jacket comes with a hood. It’s abrasion resistant and has no shoulder seams, so Gore says that it can be used with a light pack too.
There are drawcords, reflective details and a zipped front pocket, into which the jacket packs when not in use. The women’s version is also priced down, to £229.99.
- Buy the men’s Gore R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail hooded jacket for £224.99 from Tredz
- Buy the women’s Gore R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail hooded jacket for £229.99 from Tredz
Gore Wear R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry hooded jacket
Gore’s hooded Shakedry jacket is available in large, XL or XXL from Wiggle, with the last two showing low stock. It’s a good option for mountain bikers and runners in particular.
But the jacket should also work for the roadie or commuter looking for a bit of extra versatility from their purchase. There are reflectives built in to up your on-road visibility.
Gore Wear C7 Gore-Tex Shakedry jacket
For US riders, Competitive Cyclist has the C7 Shakedry jacket priced down by over $80 right now. From Gore’s premium C7 range, it offers a minimalist design that’s ideal for racers looking to head out in the wet or cold. And it’s super-packable too when the sun does come out.
Castelli Women’s Idro jacket
Castelli’s women’s Shakedry jacket has a claimed weight of just 89g and fits into half a pocket, so it’s a piece you can take with you on any ride where rain looks possible. Highly breathable, it will work as a windproof extra layer too.
You get Castelli’s usual attention to detail, with an easy-to-use zipper and effective elastic gathering at hems and cuffs to help keep you dry and warm.
Gore C5 Gore-Tex Shakedry 1985 jacket
In size small only, the C5 Shakedry 1985 jacket has a wider, less race-oriented cut, so you can layer up a little underneath. Even in size large, it still weighs just 116g, so the small size shouldn’t trouble your pockets too much if you decide to take it with you just in case.
Castelli Idro Pro 2 jacket
Another one for the racing snake, Castelli’s top Shakedry jacket is available in small only from Bikester. It’s made from a mix of two Gore fabrics, Shakedry and Topo, the latter adding stretch for a close, comfortable fit.
The Idro Pro 2 is also one of the few Shakedry jackets out there that gives you three full pockets – complete with drainholes, so your rice cakes don’t float away.
Men’s C5 Gore-Tex Shakedry 1985 Insulated Viz jacket
It’s available in medium only and showing low stock, but this is a chance to scoop up the insulated version of Gore’s jacket, meaning that you can get away without layering up quite as much underneath. The insulation reduces packability too, so you’ll probably have to wear the jacket for the whole ride.
But that should be fine because the breathability and comfort of the Shakedry outer mean that boil in the bag just doesn’t happen. Blacks also has the R7 Shakedry Hooded jacket priced down from £250 to £213 in size small, if you’re after an all-rounder jacket.