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Old 10-13-06, 02:41 PM   #1
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Goretex Jacket???

I am looking for a jacket to wear for fall and winter road bike cycling.
Should I go with something that has gore-tex? I am looking for
comfortability and warmth. Thanks.
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Old 10-13-06, 02:53 PM   #2
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You want layers, the outer layer needs to breathe, and to keep the breezes out.
Goretex does this, but so do a dozen other waterproof/breathable fabrics. I
have also used XC skiing anoraks, downhill ski jackets and rain jackets.

If you are getting it for fall and winter, get it large enough to get a sweater on underneath along with a base layer.
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I have a gore-tex jacket. It is good in extreme cold. Gore Tex is designed to be water proof, that makes it pretty air tight as well. Basically the more a jacket keeps out the air, the less you will need underneath it.
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I have a gore-tex jacket. It is good in extreme cold. Gore Tex is designed to be water proof, that makes it pretty air tight as well. Basically the more a jacket keeps out the air, the less you will need underneath it.
Agreed. Mine is actually a goretex and not just goretex material. I have a 3 layer form and It is waterproof and it does breath. Have ridden in 10deg temps, with just a base layer and long sleeved top and the Goretex. Actually get warm in it so the zip gets pulled down quite often. A friend of mine has the 2 layer version- Goretex jacket again and not just material and if it is that cold- he does wear a Fleece under his at the start of a ride- but that often has to be taken off.

In the cold- it is wind proofing that is required and basically a lightweight Pertex will do this. Only problem is that if it is even just damp- The pertex will not keep the Rain out.
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Gortex is not as breathable as a simple windproof and may feel clammy and damp if you excercise hard. If it is very cold you may not heat up enough to bother but in my experience, a heavy duty windproof is always warmer and more comfortable in the dry.
In cold rain or damp snow you need a good waterproof so gortex would work.
In very light rain or damp mist a water-resistant windproof such as pertex is OK but these do leak under heavier rainfall.
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