- Very breathable
- Great water resistance
- Good fit
- Range of colours
- No tail
- No water resistance on the pockets
Price as reviewed:
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.
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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.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Red/black, black/neon, green/black, blue/black