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Cycling jackets are a big investment, both in terms of economics and preference. If you've a fall-weight jacket that fits you perfectly, then it's a minor tragedy when you have to switch to your winter-weight jacket that hangs loosely or simply doesn't fit well. After all, in cold-weather riding, comfort is already at a premium, so it's a shame to sacrifice fit for function. The Gore Bike Wear Phantom 2.0 SO Jacket's removable sleeves address both of these concerns, alternating between a short-sleeve Windstopper top for fall and spring conditions and a long-sleeve jacket when winter rolls in — essentially giving you two jackets that fit the same way for the price of one.

The Phantom 2.0 features Gore's venerable Windstopper Soft Shell fabric. The Soft Shell construction is a touch heavier than Gore's similar Active Shell fabric, owing to a difference in lining. Active Shell uses a thin, mesh-like scrim for wind protection without adding undue warmth and weight while the Soft Shell incorporates a plush, soft lining that's thicker for insulation in cold weather while still providing the wind-resistance for which Windstopper is named. Wind-resistance is expressed in terms of CFM, which determines permeability by measuring the volume of air that can pass through a given material in one minute. Since all fabrics branded with the Windstopper stop sign logo either meet or exceed the windproof rating of 1.0 CFM, they are all literally windproof.

Windstopper Soft Shell is also water-resistant and wicks moisture away from your skin, so you're protected from moisture both inside and out. Though Windstopper is stretchy, it does sacrifice some give in pursuit of elemental protection, so Gore incorporates stretch panels in the Phantom 2.0. This permits a full range of movement, whether you're stretched over the hoods or reaching down into the drops.

We love Windstopper fabric, but it's hardly a rarity in cycling clothing these days. What really sets the Phantom 2.0 apart from the legion of jackets using similar materials are the sleeves. With a zip-zip the raglan sleeves come off, exposing short, soft sleeves and converting the Phantom to a jacket that's appropriate for fall or spring. Going even further into protective design features, Gore included a zippered underflap at the rear hem to protect you from wheel-spray on wet days. Elastic bindings on the cuffs and hem keep the jacket in place, and three rear pockets provide enough storage for all your essentials plus the sleeves if conditions require you to remove them mid-ride. Reflective elements on all sides of the jacket increase help keep you visible in low-light conditions.

The Gore Bike Wear Phantom 2.0 SO Jacket is available in five sizes ranging from Small to X-Large in the colors Black/red, Brilliant Blue/fresh green, Fresh Green/black, Neon Yellow/black, Red/black, and Ruby Red/red.

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5 5

What a steal!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I got mine on sale. I was a bit leary as I had not used Gore Bike Wear all that much. This jacket has entirely caused me to convert my kit over to Gore (slowly). No, it isn't "Aero", but it gets the job done. Keeps me warm with a base layer beneath it down into the low 20s - teens. Cannot recommend this enough.

I have the Neon Yellow/Black color, and boy does it pop. I feel very safe using this on my cold winter road rides.

Great review, thank you! I personally have two on these in the women's version, but was recently asked by my husband to research a jacket for him. Based on your review, I am making this jacket an option.