Gore C5 Windstopper jersey review

The Gore C5 Windstopper jersey provides lightweight wind protection

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Gore C5 Windstopper jersey benefits from good windproofing, a nice cut and excellent breathability. It isn’t fleece backed, so you shouldn’t overhear on spring rides. But the long sleeved variant might be a better bet for the temperatures in which the Gore C5 Windstopper jersey works best and Gore’s technical fabric makes it expensive.

Reasons to buy
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    Really good windproofing without too much insulation

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    Dropped tail

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    Long sleeves

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    High neckline

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Gore apparel makes use of the company’s extensive range of technical fabrics. In the case of the Gore C5 Windstopper jersey, it’s clear what this is protecting you from.

The Gore C5 Windstopper jersey is designed for the typical spring day when the temperature is in the low teens, when it’s good to have core protection from windchill but you don’t want too much insulation or you’ll overheat.

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The Windstopper fabric used is very resistant to cold breezes, but is not fleece backed, so you remain at a comfortable temperature. It’s also very breathable and I didn’t find that I got at all clammy with a baselayer underneath, something which can be a problem with lighter weight weather resistant tops.

Gore C5

Gore's unlined technical fabric isn't too hot and is very breathable
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The Gore C5 Windstopper jersey is very stretchy, so it gives a close fit. Coupled with the high collar, close waistband and backed zipper, this helps keep draughts out and ensures good moisture transfer.

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Gore’s sleeves are long and loose enough that you can fit a set of armwarmers underneath and pull them up and down easily if the temperature fluctuates. At the same time, the sleeves give your upper arms plenty of protection too.

But in the conditions in which the Gore C5 Windstopper jersey works best, you probably will need to keep your forearms covered. As such, the long sleeved version, at £20 more, may be a better option. You can always unzip the collar a little if you do start to become too hot.

The Gore C5 Windstopper jersey is also DWR protected for some water resistance. It’s not enough to stop you from getting wet in a downpour, but will protect you from a shower. Coupled with the long tail, it’s also good to keep out wheelspray.

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I like the idea of having a more technical piece that gives you more protection than a standard fleeced long-sleeved jersey for cooler rides. You also get plenty of reflective elements, including reflective edging tape, and large rear pockets on the Gore C5 Windstopper jersey.

The downside of Gore’s top flight technical fabrics is that they are pricey, making the Gore C5 Windstopper jersey quite an expensive garment for a piece that you may find you only use for a few rides a year when it’s too warm for a winter jacket but too cold for summer kit.

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