Gore Bike Wear Helium review£70.00

Gore Bike Wear make an astonishing range of jackets, including some casual styled ones, but the Helium is an unashamed performance bike mac. This means you get a comedy long penguin tail for keeping your bum dry

BikeRadar score4/5

Gore Bike Wear make an astonishing range of jackets, including some casual styled ones, but the Helium is an unashamed performance bike mac. This means you get a comedy long penguin tail for keeping your bum dry and a multi-panel cut that's a perfect close fi t on the bike.

The tall collar is unlined but snug enough and the velcro-adjustable sleeves are loose enough to pull up for cooling down. No pub style points though.

The Windstopper fabric used here doesn't claim to be waterproof but it takes a fair deluge to drown you properly. The great benefit is that it wicks well enough to dry out sweat or rain leakage quickly, so you warm up again even if you've been working hard.

There are no extra vents to blow wind through but the sleeves are mesh lined to stop wet arms getting wind chilled too quick and if you're just cruising it doesn't steam much at all.

As you'd expect for a racy shell, it doesn't have any pockets or extra trimmings but this keeps the weight right down and allows the jacket to pack down to a 'can of beans' size for easy pocket stuffing.

 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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