What is it
Finding a jacket that’s completely waterproof, breathable, packable and stylish enough to wear off the bike is a pretty tall order, but Gore Bike Wear has taken a stab at it with the ONE Gore Tex Pro jacket. This jacket marks the first time that Gore Apparel has applied the Gore Tex Pro material in a cycling application, the most breathable iteration of Gore Tex ever produced, doing away with a traditional DWR-coated nylon outer for maximum breathability. This jacket is far more than just for mountain biking or bikepacking; it’s a full-on mountaineering jacket that can be used for other sports like backcountry skiing or ice climbing. It also features a tailored fit, making it a very sharp looking piece of waterproof casual wear off the bike.
- Incredibly breathable and 100% waterproof
- Two large zippered side vents and three pockets
- Very lightweight and packable
- Foldable droptail to block tire spray
- Adjustable hood fits over helmet
- Abrasion resistant fabric
- Stylish, tailored fit for sharp casual wear
- Very expensive
- Sizing runs on the small side (size up if in doubt)
There are few jackets in existence that can actually serve all performance purposes, but the ONE Gore Tex Pro jacket fits the bill. It’s breathable enough to wear on a 50 degree day without sweating to death, but it’s also waterproof enough to keep you completely dry in a full on downpour. And with an insulated base layer, the ONE Gore Tex Pro jacket is the perfect shell for cold weather. It’s also incredibly lightweight and packable, making it a lifesaver for backcountry cyclists and bikepackers who might encounter any sort of inclement weather.
The jacket is loaded with well thought out features like a drop tail to block tire spray, adjustable cuffs, fleeced-lined neck, large zippered side vents, a handy “Napoleon” pocket at chest height, two side pockets and a full zipper that can unzip from the top down or bottom up. Although it might say “Gore Bike Wear” on the shoulder, this is far more than just a bike jacket, and at $500 retail, it had better be. But for the hardcore adventurist, if there’s only one jacket you can have in your bag, the ONE Gore Tex Pro jacket is it.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
More info: www.goreapparel.com