Gore Power WS SO Jersey review

The Gore Power WS SO Jersey is a slim fitting softshell jersey straight out of the Gabba mould, designed for use in mixed weather

Gore Bike Wear Power WS SO Jersey

Gore Bike Wear Power WS SO Jersey

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although slightly cheaper than a Castelli Gabba, the Gore Power WS SO Jersey appears to be priced the same as the Gabba's replacement, the Perfetto. Both garments are excellent and use very similar fabrics. I can highly recommend the Gore Power if you are looking for a bad weather jersey.

Reasons to buy
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    Fits well

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    Good pockets

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    Nice hi-vis features

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Water-resistant softshells came to prominence in the 2013 Milan San Remo, when many of the riders could be seen adopting a well-fitted black jacket to combat the foul weather. That jacket was the Castelli Gabba, a product deemed so good, many pros wore it despite being in breach of sponsorship deals and UCI rules. Since then other brands have developed products similar to the Gabba, combining a softshell jacket, with breathability and water resistance.

Gore is without question a market leader when it comes to performance textiles. Other companies, such as the aforementioned Castelli, buy fabrics from Gore to make their own products. That said, the Gore Power Jersey is very similar to the Gabba – in addition to the short-sleeved version, there is also a long sleeve and zipped sleeve, convertible version too. The water resistance and insulation offered by the Gore Power WS SO Jersey is comparable to other jackets that employ the Gore Windstopper fabrics, meaning it will see off showers or light rain and dries quickly.

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