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When it comes to winter, you need all of the protection that you're able to get. But what if that go-to winter jacket could also keep you covered in the fall and spring without causing heat exhaustion? A novel idea, indeed. However, Gore Bike Wear already beat us to it with its Phantom 2.0 SO Jacket. When the weather permits, you're able to wear it as a full jacket, but while in more temperate conditions, the sleeves are removable for the perfect amount of coverage — one jacket for every occasion.

To provide the utmost protection from the elements, Gore constructed its Phantom 2.0 jacket from a sophisticated blend of fabrics. Each region has been thoughtfully considered, and because of this, the Phantom 2.0 is equal parts protection, comfort, and flexible. Starting with the body of the jacket, Gore used its patented WindStopper Soft Shell membrane. As its name suggests, this material makes the jacket 100% windproof. However, the name doesn't allude to its water-resistance or high level of breathability. That's right, with the comfort and weight of a mid-layer, and the protection of a shell, this material keeps you dry from both the rain and your own sweat. And while the material is exceptionally malleable, Gore also incorporated integrated stretch panels into the Phantom 2.0. This permits a full range of movement, whether you're stretched over the hoods or reaching down into the drops.

If that's not enough stretch for you, Gore enabled you to remove the raglan-cut sleeves. But, that would be an extreme measure, as the detachable sleeves primarily add to the jacket's versatility. But with the sleeves removed, the Phantom displays soft, protective short sleeves that guarantee coverage from the elements. Now, you're able to stretch the Phantom 2.0 out over multiple seasons.

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. And while this protects you from the weather, Gore also took steps to protect you from the hazards on the road. To do this, the jacket has been given reflective elements throughout to increase your visibility in low-light conditions.

To keep the Phantom from shifting, Gore included wear-resistant, elastic bindings on the sleeve hems and bottom hem. This particularly comes in handy when the jacket's three slanted rear pockets are loaded with all of your ride essentials.

The Gore Bike Wear Phantom 2.0 SO Women's Jacket is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/white, Neon Yellow/black, Rich Red/white, Waterfall Blue/rich red, and White/black.

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5 5

Perfect Fit!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 5"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Purchased in Black/White! As I have not worn this out in the cold/wind, I cannot comment on how well it keeps your warm in low temps. However, I can comment on the fit as I have worn it already a few times during cool morning rides. I've seen a lot of complaints about this item being too small, which I apologize, but is inaccurate. The description clearly states "Form Fit", so I'm not quite sure why so many people are surprised when they get this in the mail and it's tight. As far as the concern about the item being "too short" in the front, this again is because this is a "Form Fit" jacket. When you are bending over into the horns/drops (depending on what you're riding), you don't need a ton of fabric bunching in the belly area. If you've experienced this bunching sensation in the past, you know it potentially can ruin your whole ride. Know that if you do not like things fitting "Form Fit", you are going to want to order a size or two larger than you normally would. I am 175 lbs and 5'5" and ordered a large, and found this "Form Fit" perfect for me. If I wanted it to be baggier (which I don't, because I want to be as aerodynamic as possible and avoid yucky bunching), then I would have ordered the XL or XXL. I love having the zip off sleeve option. Sometimes mid ride it just gets a little too steamy and you need to strip a little off. The sleeves come off and reattach very easy, and can be stored in the back pockets easily when not in use. Bottom line, if you're looking for versatility at a reasonable price, you'll hit the jackpot with this one. I hope I've been helpful to clear up some sizing concerns! I know finding the perfect gear can be super frustrating sometimes, but just remember to check out the item descriptions! Happy cycling! :)

Thanks for the awesome review and welcome to the Backcountry Community!

UPDATE: I was so pleased with this jacket, I had to buy another one. Unfortunately the color (Waterfall Blue/Rich Red) that I wanted was only available in an XL, so I settled for that. I will say that I don't feel the fit is any different than my size L Black/White one I originally wrote my review for. However, I do find my new XL one to be slightly longer in the front and back compared to my size L one. Just wanted to add that tidbit for those who are still struggling with sizing on this one!

Is this jacket actually waterproof or just water resistant?

Will this jacket stow into a jersey pocket?

It might if you stuff it in. The sleeves are removeable. So you could put sleeve in one pocket, vest in another

My answer is no. I've tested it out, and it just doesn't work. However, you might want to note the sleeves on this zip off, and the sleeves WILL fit in the back jersey pocket. I've done this many times already, going from jacket to jersey within seconds :)

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Will this jacket stow into a jersey pocket?

4 5

A change of design... that doesn't fit m

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have a very old and loved and well-worn Gore windstopper jacket. Bought this one to get the benefits of updated materials and design. Unfortunately returning it today because the arms on the new jacket are way too snug for comfort. It doesn't fit like the previous M size. Also, don't really like the elastic at the bottom of the jacket because, being a curvy girl (simply by being a girl, I'm not big)... that elastic will cause the jacket to creep up. Sad to say, back it goes. For those of you with slim limbs - I have to say I love the idea of design of the removable sleeves. Not knocking it on the stars... might be just right for you.

4 5

Looks good & nice length

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Somewhat more snug than I'm used to, but the jacket moves with me, so it doesn't feel restricting. Not sure if I can wear 2 layers beneath as the fit is snug across the chest. I've worn it in cool, but not cold temps. I wish it did come 1 size larger, I am L-XL in jerseys with a curvy shape (large busted-36 DDD); XL was too small, so I exchanged for XXL. I initially was very disappointed that it was snug, BUT BC exchange policy is excellent. If you are normal bust size, the fit will be very good and comfortable. Sleeves long and tail long for great coverage; excellent yellow color & very visible!

4 5

Well made jacket

The item is well made, however, I had to return it because it was too short in the front for my long torso. I was pretty bummed because I really liked the way it fit everywhere else.

Thanks for this review. I too have a long torso and would probably have the same issue.

Ditto. The thought process (for most 'road-inspired' bike wear) is the in the cycling position, there will be less 'bunching' or restriction around your waist; and so when standing, the fronts of these types of jerseys/jackets are a bit short. I, too have a long torso/arms, and 'deal' with this same issue with the Xenon, Assos, and Giordana's FRC lines. Bibs will help with the 'coverage gaps'.

Food for thought : )

5 5

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this jacket. I bought it in white, and it can't be missed. It is a perfect fit on my curvy frame, and I love the ability to remove the sleeves.