Gore-Tex Infinium is a fabric we’re seeing more of in higher-end jackets. It was developed to provide the best combination of protection and breathability when a full-on waterproof isn’t needed.
That might give the impression that the C5 Hybrid is a lightweight in the weatherproofing department, but I’ve worn it on mixed-weather days and it’s given enough protection from even heavy showers to keep me dry.
The back and shoulder seams are actually taped, which adds an extra degree of protection against water penetration, but it’s the jacket’s breathability that’s really noticeable, being much less sweaty than a typical hardshell waterproof.
While the jacket is cut to sit quite close to the body, the slight stretch in the material combined with clever shaping means it articulates to fit well when in the riding position.
The hood fits under a helmet and can be adjusted so it doesn’t get in the way, and I’ve found myself liking the close fit and the simple adjustment. When not in use, it rolls up neatly and fastens in place, so it doesn’t flap about, and when it’s zipped up it forms part of a high collar.
The zip is double opening, which I’m a big fan of. Being able to unfasten from the hem without undoing the whole front of the jacket is a real plus when you need some extra ventilation.
I’ve ridden a lot of miles in this now and it is always comfortable. Usually I just where a baselayer underneath, which has proved to be the ideal combination – warm but very breathable.
If the red colour combo isn’t your thing, the jacket is also available in blue and black.
This is a great jacket for riding, and also running or hiking, but it is expensive. Overall, though, it’s a supremely versatile jacket.
How we tested
A selection of hybrid jackets, combining water repellency with breathability and warmth, were put to the test to find out which ones are the best all-in-one jacket solution.
Other jackets on test:
- Endura MT500 Freezing Point Jacket
- Patagonia Dirt Roamer
- Gore C5 Gore-Tex Infinium Hybrid Hooded Jacket
- Vaude Moab UL Hybrid
- Berghaus Taboche Windproof Softshell
- 7Mesh Freeflow jacket