We like Gore’s offering to this market, but how well does it stack up against the others?
We like Gore’s offering to this market, not only for its good overall performance but its different approach. Unlike most of its rivals — including the Castelli Gabba — Gore has used waterproof and windproof materials only in certain areas: arms, shoulders, chest and back. Behind the arms and lower abdomen, non-waterproof stretchy material helps expel heat.
The Gore Oxygen WS long sleeved jacket comes in a short-sleeve version too, which follows the same principles as the Gabba. It is a very lightweight jacket that fits superbly well and, given its thinness, we were surprised how well insulated it is.
Sub-eight-degree rides were a doddle and it shrugged off the worst of the wintry downpours. Even though the jacket isn’t fully water-resistant, we were always well protected and warm throughout.
Sadly, though, this jacket isn’t perfect. The lack of a tail is a problem, and although it is a race-style cut, we would prefer some bum coverage — you probably don’t have mudguards on your race bike. The four pockets, including a middle zipped pocket, conceal and protect your valuables, though these areas aren’t 100 per cent waterproof.
If you are racing you are not likely to be using mud-guards. A race-fit garment such as this would work better with a longer tail to protect from spray. The overall water repellence and breathability is excellent.