The first thing we do when we get the waterproofs in for review is to inspect the quality of the internal taping: poor quality taping will let in rain straight away and deteriorate quickly with use. The quality of the Path II’s taping is – as you’d expect from waterproofing pioneers Gore – superbly executed.
This was confirmed by testing using a hydrostatic head, with both the material and seams proving impervious to water, even at high pressure. The jacket itself weighs just 270g and the polyester Paclite material – as its name suggests – means it can be folded down into a neat, stowable package. On the bike we found it offered a great balance of comfort, windproofing, waterproofing and breathability.
The full-length zip has external and internal protective flaps and a large loop for easy gripping, the front ‘Napoleon’ pocket and large rear pocket are well sealed against the rain, while the mesh rear pocket can double up as a cooling vent when things heat up. The neck, cuff and hem are all adjustable. Are there any improvements we’d like to see on the Path II? The yellow may be bright, but more reflectives wouldn’t go amiss.