Gore Oxygen Classics Windstopper Jersey review

Excellent cool-weather jersey: snug, breathable and weather-protective

Our rating 
5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0
£159.00 RRP

Our review

Excellent cool-weather jersey: snug, breathable and weather-protective
Buy if, You ride in 'tweener' weather and like the idea of ditching the shell
Pros: Wind and light rain protection; modern jersey-like fit, feel and weight; mesh underarms that aid in breathability and fit
Cons: Price; somewhat limited application
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Castelli may have created the original short-sleeve, foul-weather jersey with the Gabba, but other brands are in on the game now, and Gore’s latest Oxygen Classics Windstopper Jersey is a fantastic jersey for cool days, eliminating the need for a vest and potentially a jacket, too.

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Gore is first and foremost a fabric company. Castelli and many other brands use its various technologies to build much of their technical clothing, and, frankly, other companies often do a more stylish job than Gore, which seems to focus more on the practical elements.

But with the Oxygen Classics Windstopper Jersey, Gore really nailed it. The fit is modern race fit, meaning snug but pliable, with mesh inserts running the lengths of the inner arm, providing movement and more breathability. The jersey is thinner than a Gabba and it doesn’t feel heavy or stiff.

There are three standard yet sizeable pockets in the rear and an additional lined compartment to keeps things dry. The zipped pocket shape means you have to put smartphones sideways.

The zipped pocket is good, but a taller pocket for large smartphones would be even better
The zipped pocket is good, but a taller pocket for large smartphones would be even better
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The cut for the top is tailored to match the weather, with a slightly taller neck cuff than usual and a slightly dropped rear. 

The arm length comes quite close to the elbows. To some riders this is long; to others, the new normal. We both appreciated the length.

Technical stitching around the zipper indicates attention to detail and provides protection to the skin when opened up. 

The underarm mesh material helps with fit and aids breathability
The underarm mesh material helps with fit and aids breathability
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It stops the wind, but won’t slow you down

The typical piece of wind apparel is pretty cumbersome. Construction of wind barriers is usually a result of combining multiple layers of fabric or utilizing a non-breathable barrier, both of which add bulk and drag. But the beauty of the Classics Windstopper system is very little bulk is added to a traditional kit to achieve an impressive performance.

In fact, had it not been for the distinctive feel of the fabric, it would have been difficult to discern the difference.

Ideal temps seem to be in the 40–60°F (4–15°C) range. Delaney choose this jersey for his birthday ride, starting at 5,200ft and climbing to 9,200ft. It was just over freezing when setting out, followed by sustained climbing. He brought a Castelli rain jacket as insurance, but the Windstopper fabric rendered it unnecessary.

For temperature regulation on a day that ranged from 35 to 65°F, arm warmers and the jersey’s zipper were all that were needed. 

The Windstopper material is abundant throughout and complemented with a DWR finish
The Windstopper material is abundant throughout and complemented with a DWR finish
Thomas McDaniel / Immediate Media
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For riders with the other apparel bases covered, the Classic Windstopper Jersey is an excellent and purposeful addition to the collection.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Oxygen Classics Windstopper Jersey
Brand Gore

Available Colours Black
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes
Water-Resistant Yes
Windproof Yes
No. of Pockets 4
Loose Fit No
Breathable Yes
Additional Zipped Pocket Yes