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Wind doesn't stand a chance.
It's difficult to beat the versatility of a good vest. Easy to stow, and appropriate in climates ranging from spring to winter, the Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 AS Vest is the lightest and most effective road vest in Gore's weather fighting arsenal. Featuring an upper-echelon patented material construction and a cycling-specific ergonomic fit, the Xenon 2.0 AS is the quintessential example of year-round outer wear.
Gore Bike Wear's Xenon 2.0 AS Vest features a multi-panel construction made from Gore's patented WindStopper Active Shell fabric. This fabric is Gore's pride and joy, and its windproof, waterproof, and highly breathable nature make it ideal high-intensity aerobics. The lack of penetrating elements and partial mesh lining provide total insulation for the torso, which is further enhanced by the Xenon's innovative collar and bottom hem. Working in tandem, the ergonomically designed snap-insert collar and partially elastic gripper hem keep the vest closer to the body, and thus no air gets in while excessive heat and moisture are easily evacuated to the outer-surface. The Xenon 2.0 AS also features a elongated back for wheel spray protection on wet roads, and a reflective treatment on the front, rear, and sides of the jacket for safer night riding.
The Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 AS Vest is available in sizes from Small to XX-Large, and in the colors Red/black and White/black.
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I am very happy with this Xenon 2.0 vest. I'm 5'8'' 160lbs and the large fits comfortably snug over my jerseys. I mostly use it for fast/long descents to keep me warm. I haven't needed to use it for layering yet, but it seems to breath well enough already that I am planning on using it for that purpose when the weather gets lower in my area. Any gear in the back pocket can be accessed very easily because the zippered pocket opening is lateral to the pocket itself. The vest stashes easily into a back pocket when you're not needing it.
superlight wind fortress
A good vest doesn't need to be weatherproof, it only needs to be wind-proof. It also needs to ventilate well enough to relegate practical usage on long, cool rides in addition to screamer descents. And for all of this, the Xenon 2.0 delivers in spades. If you use it as a just-in-case descending piece, it's light and small enough to pack away in a jersey pocket and leave plenty of room for spare tools or snacks. Or if you use it for cold days, Gore put a mesh panel just between the shoulder blades to help better regulate your body temperature when you're facing down a chill headwind when going off the front. Whether you layer with a long-sleeve jersey for fall rides, or with a summer jersey for cool mornings, there's a lot of usefulness to like here I'm very happy to have finally added a proper gilet to my closet.
* both of my Gore kits (jersey and bibs) are Medium, and the vest layers perfectly definitely a more slim fit, but with a minimal amount of extra fabric to catch the wind on fast descents
* the zippered back pocket works better as an extra cargo pocket than as a stash pocket for the vest itself
* excellent construction and finish definitely appreciate how Gore recognizes that the devil is always in the little details
While most vests are designed for one of two essential uses, the Xenon 2.0 vest is really for both: it's an excellent layering option that is ventilated enough (in the back) for all-day riding, but stashable and windproof enough for taking along for a screamer descent. There is a single zippered mesh pocket on the back which the vest can be folded into - just don't zip it shut, as the zipper is seemingly inside-out when stashed. Sizing is on point too - I wear a Medium in Gore (Xenon bibs/jersey too), and the Medium vest layers perfectly. The arm openings and the tall collar are slightly more snug, so if you have a tree-trunk neck or a permanent booth at the gun show, you might want to size up.