Keep it simple
We know that the urban jungle is real, but you don't need to dress like you're on safari when you ride through it. For chilly days, keep it simple with a less-than-simple vest like the Gore Bike Wear Visibility AS Vest.
To make the Visibility Active Shell vest versatile, Gore constructed it from its patented WindStopper fabric. Not surprisingly, this material does what its name says -- it stops wind. Now, we know that plenty of companies lay claims to being windproof, but no one shares the same pedigree as Gore. From the illustrious Gore-Tex to various iterations of WindStopper, Gore has proven that it's capable of dealing in absolutes. And frankly speaking, Gore has earned our trust.
Not only does the vest shut out the harmful effects of the wind, but it's also highly breathable and water-resistant. The design of the fabric allows body heat to escape, while retaining just enough to provide a consistent level of thermo-regulation. This is further aided by a large mesh panel on the back of the vest. Gore has also made the vest to be extremely lightweight, making it easily packable for stowing away in a jersey pocket. However, most important to its namesake, the Visibility vest is highly visible. Seems like a no-brainer, and we know that the Neon coloring makes this a wringer for safety, but what you might have missed is the vest's 360 degrees of reflective accents. Now, you can ride with a confident piece of mind when out on a low-light ride.
Aside from materials and accents, it's evident that Gore was thoughtful in its construction of the vest. It sees abrasion conscious details like shifted seams and anti-chaffing elastic bindings on the armholes and hem. For the zipper, Gore used a semi-lock slider with a zip-underflap and zip-port. There are also two side pockets for storage of small items or nutrition.
The Gore Bike Wear Visibility AS Vest is available in the color Neon Yellow and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.
- Item #GBW3163
- Q & A
good, not great...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
Anyone who has purchased Gore Bike Wear knows that their sizes are all over the place; you really need to try Gore stuff on before you buy it (or be sure there's a good return policy).
That said, the "Visibility AS Vest" is a good deal at $63 (on sale). I bought a Large (I'm usually "Medium" in other brands) and the fit is "generous" but not ridiculously so. The garment is cut quite straight -- no taper in the body at all -- and, like most Gore products, quality is excellent.
One obvious omission is the lack of a drawstring at the hem. Some may also miss a rear pocket.
At the sale price it was a good buy.
I put "runs small" below because I'm usually "medium" but I had to buy "large" in this item. But the "large" is a generous fit on me. You know what I'm trying to say...
VISIBILITY WINDSTOPPER? AS Vest by GBW
Pure functionality - high visibility and wind protection. Windproof WINDSTOPPER� Active Shell vest that provides 360� visibility for cyclists both day and night. Comfortable fit for easy wear.
Any chance this is EN1150 certified?