Your training doesn't quit when the weather goes south, and neither should your jacket. The Gore Wear C7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Jacket for Men is unrelenting, with complete water and wind protection for the harshest days, and minimal weight, so you can charge out of the garage and onto the pavement like it's race day on evenings that would have most of your friends resorting to tedious miles on the trainer in a dimly lit basement. This jacket not only performs above and beyond that of the normal rain shell, but packs down into a minuscule size, stash-able in your jersey back pocket for when the clouds clear, but it does so without costing you weight, with super lightweight construction that scales in at only 107-grams in size Large.
To keep you operating like a machine, the C7 Shakedry Jacket works with innovative membrane technology that skips out on an outer face fabric, and meets the elements head on with a Gore-Tex laminate that slices through headwinds, and prevents water from penetrating within. This membrane-first construction means that there's no fabric to hold even the least bit of water before it rolls off, or to add weight, resulting in a lighter jacket, and more water repellency. As the name would have you guessing, a simple rustle will get the water shedding off of you and onto the ground. To back the membrane, Gore uses an incredibly thin and lightweight polyamide inner shell, giving the membrane something to hold onto without adding bulk. The construction, while resilient to water and wind, is not fond of hydration bags and backpacks, as it doesn't have a face fabric to take the stress off of the membrane, so keep this in mind if you're planning a ride into the mountains, or skipping your water bottles that day.
The C7 Shakedry Jacket is cut slim, tailored for a cycling position, and contours to your body so there is little room for excess fabric flapping in the wind, and just enough space for a thermal jersey and base layer underneath. This exceptional fit is ideal for training and race day alike, as it won't add much resistance to your efforts, allowing you to capitalize on your watts, instead of catching wind like a sail. It features fine tuned, but minimalist detailing, with a high collar that is cut to sit comfortably against your neck and keep out the elements, and a full-length zipper with lockable pull for dialing in your ventilation if the day brings both wet and warm weather. Its hem is reinforced, and backed with elastic, so it sits snug against your waist and won't move when you're out of the saddle hammering up a climb, and features a drop tail in the back to keep you covered from wheel spray and rain.
- A featherweight jacket fit for royalty
- Completely waterproof and windproof construction
- Gore-Tex membrane shields you from harsh elements
- Membrane-first technology skips additional fabrics
- Exceptional breathability wicks away perspiration
- Tailored for elite cyclists for race day and training
- Built for light weight, coming in at only 107g
- Fine-tuned detailing with drop tail hem and high collar
- Item #GWR0001
- Q & A
good fit, keeps you dry
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 132lbs
At about 5'7" (170cm) and 130+/- lbs (60 kg) I ordered this jacket in medium based on the recommendation to size up. It fits well...close-fitting and no flapping but not skin tight. I might have been able to fit into the small but my arms are longer than normal for my height so medium works in that regard. If I were buying the stretch version I would try a small first and exchange if it was too tight. I also expect the medium to be more flexible in cooler weather when I've got more layers under it. I've used it only once in the rain and it performs as advertised. Visually it's a very nice-looking jacket.