Block and breathe.
Without a doubt, the shoulder seasons provide the greatest difficulty in terms of layering. It's either too warm for a jacket, or too cold for one that's not insulated. And all too often, these conditions change from one to the other within the course of a ride. So, the question remains unanswered, how do you prepare for such chaos? Well, with the Gore Bike Wear Oxygen SO Jacket, of course.
The Oxygen SO is constructed from WindStopper soft shell to block the harsh effects of wind, while the fleece lining holds the heat your body is creating. The relaxed fit of the jacket is comfortable and won't inhibit your movement on the bike. Ultrasonic seams weld each piece together without the use of thread, eliminating chafing where traditional seams typically rub. A full-length zipper with a semi-locking slider and a snap-insert on the collar makes one-handed opening on the bike less of a circus trick.
Three pockets on the back store your ride essentials right where you need them. A single vertical zip pocket secures your keys, ID, and credit card for a mid-ride warm up at your local coffee shop. Reflective piping on the back and sleeves keep you visible during predawn and dusk rides. Reflective logos on the front and back add an extra measure of safety.
The Gore Bike Wear Women's Oxygen SO Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Apple Green/black, Black, Lemon/black, Navy Blue/black, Red/black, Splash Blue/red, Vibrant Orange/black, and White/black.
- Item #GBW0312
- Q & A
One of the best
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Works very well and is ideal for cold temps, absolutely no wind gets in and it breathes well. I would easily ride this down to 30 degrees without a base layer, with a base layer i have gone down to single digits and it works perfectly. I would not use this over 50 degrees, add a short sleeve baselayer around 35 and a long sleve baselayer at 20-25. The neck is also well designed with an optional additional piece that is really well thought out.
Great Cold Weather Jacket
I bought this jacket after ordering (and returning) the Gore Phantom 2.0 jacket. The Phantom's fit was a little too tight through the shoulders for me, but the Oxygen has a slightly more generous fit and is quite stretchy so it fit me great. I'm 5'8" and 180 lbs and I got the large size so the Gore stuff tends to run a little small. Depending on what you wear for a base layer(s) the Oxygen would work well down to 30 degrees or so. It has some nice features like a neck gaiter built into the collar and back pockets that wrap around to the side of the jacket for easy access. It is quite wind resistant, but I haven't tried it in the wet. One minor issue might be that it has no venting zippers. Overall a very good choice for cold weather cycling.
Pretty freaking awesome
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
I decided to buy this jacket after trying many jackets one due to fit, feel and what I thought would perform the best. I bought this jacket also because I wanted to be able to ride in 0-20 degree weather. I am sure I will need a base layer for that. I took this jacket out yesterday for a 40 mile ride here in SLC. It was a little wet and cool (45) with 10-15 mph head winds. I didn't use a base layer on my ride, and I had to unzip the jacket 2/3 of the way down so I didn't over heat. I am sure I could take this jacket to the 35 mark without feeling to cold without a base layer. The jacket moves with you very well. The jacket has a neck warmer build in that comes from the back of the collar and wraps around your neck. Yesterday I didn't need it on my neck, but I used it as ear covers and it worked perfectly, so that was very nice. Tons of room in the pockets, 4 in total. Know this, the jacket does not have vents, so it is geared for very cold riding, so really I think 45 is the absolute max heat this jacket could be used for. Like I said I had to unzip it most of the way. The wind stopper is awesome, couldn't even feel the wind at all other than pressure on jacket. Did not feel cold. I say that it fits a little small but that is misleading. I also have Pearl Izumi barrier. I have always had to buy the XXL due the my arms. Usually the body is way to big for me, and arms are too small. This jacket I got the XXL, and the body is pretty well fitted, and the arms are a little more roomy than expected. So body smaller, arms bigger if that makes sense. I am larger rider 6'0" 250 lbs. I love this jacket, looks and feels good, and performs very well.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Very warm and Snug Fit. Very cool hidden neck warmer under the collar.
Very Warm with a Neck Gaiter
One of the warmest Jackets offered by Gore and a tight but not too tight fit.
How does this compare to the Path jacket...
How does this compare to the Path jacket that's a highly regarded offering from Gore? I can't seem to differentiate between their jackets. There's so much offerings. I don't want to overpay for something I don't really need yet I don't want to buy something that isn't really what I'm looking for.
These are my requirements:
- Able to withstand 15F or lower
- Cycling fit (or slim Italian fit)
- Insulated inside
- Windstopper (I'm guessing this is a common thing for Gore Winter jackets)
I think Robert Thomas here is a rep from Gore. Help me out dude. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a sideXside compare, go directly to the Gore site...it will allow multiple items to be compared side by side, listing all the tech. features, etc.
Then you can of course still purchase here.
I am trying to choose between the oxygen...
I am trying to choose between the oxygen and the xenon. I like the lemon yellow because I ride in the morning and I think it would be more visible. It is available in the oxygen and I would have to get the white/black in xenon. I ride in the upper 20's to lower 30's in the winter. Which one of these jackets would you recommend? I like the color in the oxygen but it appears the xenon has more options.
The Oxygen SO Jacket might be a touch warmer as the entire jacket is made up of a fleece backed WINDSTOPPER® SoftShell whereas the Xenon SO Jacket is made up of a fleece backed WINDSTOPPER® SoftShell and a thinner honeycomb WINDSTOPPER® SoftShell. The Xenon SO does have a few more features than the Oxygen SO such as zippered arm openings, two front vents, a taller collar that can fold over and an additional rear zip pocket. The Oxygen SO does have an integrated neck warmer which is not found in the Xenon SO.
I wear a Gore Tool Jacket Medium below 45...
I wear a Gore Tool Jacket Medium below 45 deg with a light Craft baselayer - below 30 deg I use a heavy Craft baselayer - I love the Tool jacket, fit etc... which Gore jacket would be good in the 40's and 50's? Is the fit like the Tool?
For a jacket that fits like the Tool, but is a little lighter weight, I'd go with the Countdown SO Jacket. Very similar fit, just a little lighter, but still full WINDSTOPPER, so you get very similar protection.
hope that helps,
Robert, Gore Bike Wear