Gore lightens up Windstopper - Interbike 2012

Active Shell technology keeps breathability, cuts weight in half

This year, Gore Bike Wear rolled out a technology called Active Shell that combined the three components of a Gore-Tex shell -

outer layer, Gore-Tex membrane, mesh liner – into a single fabric that greatly reduced the thickness and weight of all its Gore-Tex cycling products. For 2013, Gore has a similar technology for its Windstopper pieces.

Gore-Tex products are completely waterproof and breathable; Windstopper products are water-resistant and breathable.

The new Windstopper Active Shell line includes jackets, vests and pants for road, mountain biking and commuting. Here is a short overview.

Road pieces

The $200 Xenon 2.0 AS Jacket is targeted at the serious road rider with a partial mesh lining, with a zippered pocket on the extended back. Extensive reflective logos and piping is used on the jacket. A comfortable extension comes up on the back of the neck.

The Xenon 2.0 is a lightweight, breathable wind shell

The $200 Xenon 2.0 AS Lady Jacket features the same technology with a woman’s cut, and the $140 Xenon 2.0 AS is also available as a vest.

The $150 Contest 2.0 AS Jacket is the more casual version of the Xenon. And the Visibility AS Vest and the Visibility AS Lady Vest are, as they sound, high-visibility options.

Mountain bike pieces

Targeted at the endurance crowd, the $170 Alp-X AS Light Jacket has the same comfortable collar as the Xenon, with the elbow areas pre-shaped for the riding position. Lots of reflective elements, and abrasion-resistant shoulders on the 100g jacket. The women’s $170 Alp-X AS Light Lady Jacket weighs 94g.

For all-mountain/trail riders, the $230 Fusion AS Cross Jacket has the same abrasion-resistant material as the Alp-X on the shoulders (for hydration bags) and sleeves. The underarms zip open for additional breathability.

The fusion is a heavy-duty jacket for all-mountain riding: the fusion is a heavy-duty jacket for all-mountain riding
The fusion is a heavy-duty jacket for all-mountain riding: the fusion is a heavy-duty jacket for all-mountain riding
For all-mountain riders, the Fusion is a more robust jacket with pit zips, abrasion-resistant arms and shoulders and a soft collar

The Active Shell technology is also available in six other mountain bike pieces: Countdown 2.0 AS Pants, Countdown 2.0 AS ZO (zip-off sleeves) Lady Jacket, Countdown AS Lady Vest, Countdown AS Lady Pants, Path AS Vest and Path AS Pants.

Look for a review on BikeRadar soon of the Gore Oxygen GT Active Shell jacket.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
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.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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