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    New question here. which GORE jacket?

    i have found all the below jackets at the same price.

    http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436857421A

    http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436857421A

    http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436857421A


    which would you buy? have you any experience?

    also what size would you recommend?

    i am 6'0'' tall (182 cm), chest 42,5 in (108 cm) and waist 34,5 in (87 cm), weight 12,20 stone (77 kg).

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    My answer would be "none". Get something else, not made with Gore materials.

    Gore's lame excuse for the softshell concept is to use a laminate windproof layer. This really cuts down on how breathable the jacket is for high aerobic activity. For high aerobic clothing, stick to something where wind resistance is woven into the mechanical properties of the fabric itself- Schoeller fabrics were the cutting edge a couple of years ago but I'm not sure what the current cream of the crop is.

    Hell, even the decades old Marmot Driclime windshirts breath better than that Windstopper crap. I still use Driclime as a preference over anything pricier and newer.

    And yes, I own two Windstopper jackets and also the Activent precursor to Windstopper. I use Windstopper for walking around town in, not for riding.

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    I'm the same size as you and got the Large Endura Air Defense from chainlove for $52.

    Nicest jacket I've ever owned for cycling. Warm, breathable, waterproof and windproof. Chest pocket and pouches in the back with one of them long to hold a bottle. I love this thing.

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    I have the third one in XL, I'm ALL of 6'3" and it fits pretty well. I use it for cold weather mostly, but for seriously cold air it might not be good. Not much room under it for more than a wicking layer. But I'm happy with it overall as a windbreaker and for reasonably colder temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundace
    i have found all the below jackets at the same price.

    http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436857421A

    http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436857421A

    http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436857421A


    which would you buy? have you any experience?

    also what size would you recommend?

    i am 6'0'' tall (182 cm), chest 42,5 in (108 cm) and waist 34,5 in (87 cm), weight 12,20 stone (77 kg).

    :wink: :wink:
    I own a Packlite Gore jacket with a detachable hood. Love it due to being very light-weight, non-bulky, good venting, and absolutely windproof/waterproof. Also; I got it for 50% off from Realcyclist.com because it was an XXL and was the only one left.

    Now; once one learns that Gore Wear/Gore Tex doesn't breathe as they advertise, and deciding on what is most important, one can come to the conclusion if Gore Wear/Gore Tex is right for them or not. Gore Wear/Gore Tex breathes about as well as regular nylon. The difference is that Gore Wear/Gore Tex is absolutely windproof/waterproof. Regular nylon can't claim that.

    My first clue 12 years ago Gore Wear/Gore Tex didn't breathe well were pit vents in Gore Tex expedition jackets. Now why would pit vents be added if Gore Tex breathed so well??? After researching I found my answer. The way I look at Gore Wear/Gore Tex now is it's just a super-duper, outrageously over-priced, incredibly well-tailored, 4mil garbage bag !


    The reasons why I got the jacket:
    1) It was half off; 95% of the reason for buying it.
    2) I decided non-breathing was secondary to staying warm. The jacket has mesh/net material along side the front zipper for venting.
    3) The jacket is super light-weight and non-bulky.
    4) The jacket is absolutely windproof/waterproof.
    5) The jacket packs down to a small package to easily fit in a cargo pocket.
    6) The jacket is used as a middle layer as well as an outer layer.
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    i do alot of winter riding in Wisconsin winters. I have a Gore bike jacket that I loved BUT: as I become more of an avid cyclists and started doing longer rides, i would find myself sweating due to a lack of breathability. I would zip open the armpits but it just seems counterproductive. i think the thinsulate material on the inside is way too warm for aerobic excercise like cycling.
    My brother has a Castelli and really seems to like it. I would recommend getting something that breathes a little better and doesn't have that warmer thinsulate material on the inside.
    I do love the jacket for wearing around in the winter when not riding. i'm looking for other options for next winter for cycling

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