Gore Bike Wear Countdown SO jacket review

Windstopper softshell

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £110.00 RRP | USD $174.90
Gore Bike Wear Countdown SO jacket

Our review

An excellent softshell, but not massively better than garments that cost £50 less
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The classic Windstopper softshell fabric is still a fantastic material. There’s an effective and durable water-repellent coating that holds up against all but the sturdiest showers. It’s soft, light and, with the thermal lining, warm.


Gore have gone for a middling cut, between race and relaxed. It’s quite light on features, but you get all the important stuff. A flap behind the main zip avoids breezes through the fastener, and there’s a well-shaped collar with a zip garage.

There’s a pocket on the chest and a big one across the back with a vertical zip at each side. There’s no hem gripper or drawcord, but with the great cut we didn’t miss them. The Countdown is also notable for inner Lycra cuffs, with thumb loops that are done well.


There’s ample material, so if you use the loops, the outer sleeves don’t get pulled into awkward shapes. The loops are actually big enough, and there are no seams in silly places. And it’s a good job that they’re so well done, as there are no Velcro tabs on the sleeves.

Product Specifications


Name Countdown SO Jacket
Brand Gore Bike Wear

Description * WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell * Winter version with thermal lining * Loose fit * High collar, ergonomically shaped * Zip-port on collar * Zip tags for easy handling * Zip-underflap * Long back * Abrasion resistant elastic binding on hem * Slightly slanted back pocket at side for better access * Pre-shaped sleeve fastenings with elastic fleece-lined cuffs * Reflective piping on front, back and sleeves * Reflective logos on front and back
Clothing Material Windstopper Material
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Available Colours Black Black/Red Blue Brown Red Yellow
Weight (g) 445
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes