Embrace that erratic autumn weather.
We dislike nothing about riding in the fall — beneath canopies of foliage, along colorful roads or autumn-smelling dirt trails — except for the erratic weather. For anything that may blow your way, the Gore Bike Wear Element Gore-Tex Men's Jacket is what you need to stay prepared.
The Element Gore-Tex AS Jacket is a true 2.5-layer construction, which combines an outer layer that carries the color and reflective details, a Gore-Tex layer, and an inner, protective scrim that only really counts as half a layer since it's integrated in the Gore-Tex fabric. The Gore-Tex is the important part, as that's where the moisture and thermal management goes down: water out, warmth in. Gore intentionally adds the modifier "durably" to waterproof and windproof because this jacket won't lose its resistances over the course of a season's use and/or in the wash.
The jacket's fit varies from Gore-Tex's slimmer Power Jacket in that it's generous enough for some substantial thermal layering underneath, so you can accommodate drops in temperature. It features two zippered front pockets for easy saddle-bound access, hook-and-loop fasteners for an optional hood (sold separately), adjustable cuffs, and a cord-adjustable hem. Reflective highlights include piping for your collar bones, upper arms, and lower back, plus a Gore logo at the back hem to make you as visible as possible in low-light conditions. The 2.5-layer construction means it's as lightweight and compactable as a waterproof jacket can be.
The Gore Bike Wear Element Gore-Tex AS Men's Jacket is available in five sizes, from X-Small to XX-Large, and in the colors Brilliant Blue, Fresh Green, Neon Yellow, Red, and Black.
- Item #GBW001W
- Q & A
Great all-round jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 200lbs
I was using this most for commuting in London. Was fantastic at keeping water and wind out not matter how rainy or windy it was. It was so good I bought it again when I had a spill and tore my first one. For the longer rides, it can get a bit sweaty, but not uncomfortably so. A feature I loved was that it can pack down into its own rear pocket, great for commuting!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
In my opinion Gore has lonog been the best at impenetrable wind/water proof shells. With the introduction of Gore-Tex Windstopper Active Shell, they've taken it to the next level with a shell that breathes equally as well as it keeps out the harsher elements. What this means is you can maintain a more comfortable micro-climate, between your body heat and the wind, rain, and cold outside, without overheating as you enjoy your ride.