In this Wiggle blog post, staff rider Shane Banks gives us his first impressions on the incredible new ONE Gore-Tex Pro Jacket, from Gore Bike Wear. It is a special piece of kit!
My first impressions
Straight out of the packaging, Gore's One Gore-Tex Pro Jacket has that usual feel of quality, that I have come to expect of Gore Bike Wear kit. All the zips (Gold – but not actual gold!), seams, and the overall look of the construction shout out quality.
The jacket feels lightweight, but certainly not delicate; the outer surface has a slightly rough texture to it, and a touch that feels as if it will take the inevitable knocks and scrapes of off-road riding... time will only tell. For added pizzazz, the gold logo detailing is a very nice touch that matches the gold main zip.
I am 180cm tall, and a slim build; the medium was a good fit, and not too tight, which means I can layer up underneath if needed, as temperatures dip. The fit is close enough that there's not annoying flapping in the wind, though.
My first ride in the Gore Bike Wear ONE Gore-Tex Pro Jacket
My first ride in the Gore One Pro Jacket was a nice little spin in the New Forest. There wasn't any rain to test its waterproofness (though I fully expect it to be amazing based on the specs); but it did test the breathability nicely.
On a cool, overcast evening, I was able to push the pace a bit, and at no point did I feel as if I was overheating or getting clammy. The large side vents did an admirable job of increasing airflow on the uphill sections.
The fit, allowed for good movement on the bike; with no feelings of restriction.
A chest pocket in the outer zip storm flap, was great for phone stowage – selfie access always a plus!
I think this is the sort of jacket you'd either wear right from the start of a ride (if it's already raining); or certainly a jacket to pop in a backpack, for a day in the hills and mountains, where weather conditions can turn nasty.
I'll have a more in depth review coming soon; as the British winter really kicks in; then I can really see how much protection the Pro jacket offers! My first introduction has been a good one, though!
View the Gore Bike Wear ONE Gore-Tex Pro Jacket at Wiggle (Link)