Gore’s Shakedry waterproof fabric has been around for almost a couple of years now, and while we love its unique combination of lightweight packability, total waterproofness and fantastic breathability, it has so far only been available in black, grey and dark blue. Fine colours, no doubt, but also all quite dull.
That’s all set to change, however, because new printing technologies and a collaboration between Gore and Romance (an independent cycling apparel brand based in London, England) has led to the first full-colour Gore-Tex Shakedry jacket.
Named the GORE x RMNC GTX SD Jacket, and costing a cool £270 / €300, the production run is limited to just 200. Each jacket is also unique, with a subtly different pattern and individually numbered.
Based on Gore’s C7 Gore-Tex Shakedry jacket, Gore claims it offers the “ultimate breathability and a durable beading surface”. It also features an ergonomically shaped collar, an elastic hem, reflective detailing and a front zip pocket – which also functions as a stuff bag for the jacket.
Customers who purchase one of the exclusive jackets will also receive a Gore x Romance branded musette, produced from leftover Gore-Tex laminate.
Commenting on the desire for each jacket to be unique, Nathan Dytor of Romance says that “the design inspiration was born from nature: the forever developing patterns, shadows, light and atmosphere we all encounter on every ride”.
Hopefully, the development of these new printing technologies will lead other cycling apparel companies to produce their own full-colour Shakedry jackets very soon – it very much reminds us of Rapha’s recently released silk wind jacket, so no doubt they’ll soon be formulating similar plans for this new technology.
The GORE x RMNC GTX SD Jacket is available to purchase now from www.gorewear.com