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Old 01-05-07, 12:29 AM
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Is Gore BikeWear any good?

I'm looking for replacement of my Novaro bike jacket. My current one is made of material (nylon, I guess) that becomes very sticky during ride. Its hardly could be called "breathable".

Anyway, I came across Gore BikeWear jacket as possible replacement. Is it any good?
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I've heard their stuff is pretty good, but have no 1st hand experience.

I use a PI gavia jacket and love it. I understand PI's barrier jacket is very good too.

https://www.pearlizumi.com/shop.php?m...d=1&sport_id=2
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I have Gore windstopper leg warmers that are really really great.
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Originally Posted by grahny
I've heard their stuff is pretty good, but have no 1st hand experience.

I use a PI gavia jacket and love it. I understand PI's barrier jacket is very good too.
Is Gavia jacket breathable?
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Gore winstopper is the same material as gore waterproof jackets but without the drw coating. If you pick up one of the newer gore softshell without a membrane it may breath ok, but most of the gore materials can hardly be classified as breathable enough for cycling.

How well it works for you will depend on temps you ride in and if you run on the hot side or not. If you sweat a lot or are on the west coast were the temps are warmer, it most likely wont breath enough. Cold temps it'll work better.
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Originally Posted by ifox
Is Gavia jacket breathable?
define breathable... I do sweat a lot in it, but I don't notice it until I've stopped when I get home... so I guess that would mean it's breathable.

It hasn't been that cold here yet, and I sweat like a mofo, but I 've worn it in 40 degree weather with nothing but a base layer underneath and been plenty warm... where before i was wearing a base layer tshirt, long sleeve jersey, winter jersey and another jersey on top of it and was still cold (and uncomfortable ).

It's thin, but very warm and retains heat nicely... the amfib really blocks the wind very well. I wanted something form fit too and it's just form fit enough. My only complaint is that the zipper isn't offset, so it does bunch a little in the front, but it's not noticeable once you're out riding.

edit: I've worn it in 45-52ish degree weather and it's almost too warm... I find I ride with it half unzipped after a while in those temps... this jacket is for COLD weather.. I can see it being perfect for temps in the 20's - 30's.
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Originally Posted by grahny
define breathable...
well, to me it means "something that wouldn't stick to my arms" . I'm on West Coast, the temps here are usually warmer (also we had few relatively cold days this winter). With that said, I'm looking for something light, made of fabric, something that would keep me warm in low-mid 50s F.
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Originally Posted by ifox
well, to me it means "something that wouldn't stick to my arms" . I'm on West Coast, the temps here are usually warmer (also we had few relatively cold days this winter). With that said, I'm looking for something light, made of fabric, something that would keep me warm in low-mid 50s F.
In those temps I'd think you'd be good with any winter jersey that is fleece lined.

edit: something like this: https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1111

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https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1111

I usually wear the casteli one in the 50's... I gave the gavia jacket a try but it was too hot in those temps.

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Hmm. I guess I need to add that I'm also looking for something that would be ok in case of rain.
Thanks for suggestion, I'll take a look on that jersey
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https://ibexwear.com/

https://beyondfleece.com/

Look for climawool or climawool lite from ibex, and dryskin extreme from beyond fleece. Either of those materials will be the most breathable, weather resistant you can get for cycling. Good for west coast.

Edit : for rain also look at showerspass.com the elite jacket is good but not thermal so you need to layer underneath it.

heres the beyondfleece one i recomend https://beyondfleece.com/customize/co..._shell_jacket/

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Originally Posted by Jarery
.....but most of the gore materials can hardly be classified as breathable enough for cycling.
I second that. I have a thin gore cycling waterproof jacket, and "breathable" gore is a bunch of bs. I only wear it if it's raining (then I can't tell because I'm still soaked under the jacket.) Here in So. Cal it never gets under 50 degrees during the day.

I did a road ride in Vail at about 40 degrees, though and the jacket worked great. I didn't notice any sweat buildup then. (maybe it needs lower temps)
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Originally Posted by grahny
In those temps I'd think you'd be good with any winter jersey that is fleece lined.

edit: something like this: https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1111

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https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1111

I usually wear the casteli one in the 50's... I gave the gavia jacket a try but it was too hot in those temps.

I have found that the gavia jacket traps the heat a bit more then my gore counterpart the add-tec/ tool jersey/jacket. The gore is a bit more versatile, as it keeps me comfortable, insulates and keeps in body heat in cooler weather, where necessary, but manages to dispitate excess heat in warmer weather. One thing i'd also like to point out, is the gore is not nearly as water resistant as the pearl izumi model, for this I can understand why the gore can be considered more "breathable" than the two.
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Originally Posted by rooftest
I second that. I have a thin gore cycling waterproof jacket, and "breathable" gore is a bunch of bs. I only wear it if it's raining (then I can't tell because I'm still soaked under the jacket.) Here in So. Cal it never gets under 50 degrees during the day.

I did a road ride in Vail at about 40 degrees, though and the jacket worked great. I didn't notice any sweat buildup then. (maybe it needs lower temps)
+1 to the jacket breathability - you will be just as wet inside as out. Also like to add that the fabric on the Gore shorts I bought is crap. Wears out in no time. Think the stuff is over rated and over priced.
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I have a Gore BikeWear short sleeve summer jersey that is the bee's knees: well-made, great fit, comfortable, as feature-laden as you could want a warm weather cycling jersey to be without getting ridiculous, and it looks pretty good to boot.

But I just got a Gore BikeWear Add-Tec II long sleeve jersey, and while I can also say all of the above accolades about this piece, it has one MAJOR shortcoming:

It doesn't breath for ****.

It's really misrepresented as a "jersey", it's more of a super-lightweight winter jacket. It's fabulously warm and almost unbelievably windproof (it uses WindStopper in a fleecey soft shell construction), but man, it's like wearing your own personal rainforest! I wore it riding a langorous 11 mile commute in 40 degree weather yesterday and by the time I got to work I was feeling a bit ripe; on the way home, when the day had warmed up to 47°F or so, it was excrutiatingly humid inside my "jersey"...like, painfully uncomfortably hot.

I don't need another winter jacket (least of all one that doesn't breath) so I'm returning the Add-Tec after only this one day's use. But the Gore stuff is definitely well-made, for whatever that's worth.
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I have a Gore bid and jersey, I love them both. I plan on ordering another set this spring.
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I have a gore windstopper cycling jacket and find it to be much warmer than my windbreaker. I also find that it does good in rain and breathes sufficiently for me. the only thing the windbreaker has over the gore jacket is that it converts into a wind vest. The warmth of the gore recently has gotten it warn more recently though and will get it worn on the brevets this spring as it is not only a wind layer but a rain layer so it serves two purposes. Incidentally mine has a lightweight liner so it doesn't stick to me.
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I have a gore jacket and soft shell jersey. They are both very warm, but not breathable. I wear the jersey when it is around freezing or below. Over 38 in the sun and I would cook. The lighter jacket is perfect for recovery rides, but not for strenuous efforts. It is more of a Sunday ride around the neighborhood jacket and is perfect for that. I usually just wear a summer jersey with a DeFeet Un-D-shirt and fleece arm warmers when it is above 45 out. Works well for me once I get warmed up.
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Windstopper gloves are good down to 45 degrees or so. Stitching is a bit funky on the inside as it gets between my nail and finger in some spots. I could just be my pair.
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I work for Gore (new product development) and can tell you that there's a reason GBW is the number 1 brand in Europe year after year: the stuff plain works! I can answer any questions you might have about the product line or anything else, just let me know what you need.

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Originally Posted by mjdwyer23
I work for Gore (new product development) and can tell you that there's a reason GBW is the number 1 brand in Europe year after year: the stuff plain works! I can answer any questions you might have about the product line or anything else, just let me know what you need.

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I use Gore for my winter riding gear. Absolutely love their products!
My Gore lineup:

windstopper softshell arm warmers
windstopper softshell leg warmers
windstopper bib pants
windstopper softshell jacket
windstopper gloves

All amazing products. i regularly ride in the 20's, and only need two layers (shorts, legwarmers, bibs, and baselayer, armwarmers, jersey, jacket).

I have the lighter gloves with padded palms, and these work for me until about 35 degrees, then I switch to a heavier pair.

The windstopper technology really works for me.. breathability isn't an issue, as I use the Gore products in the winter only for the most part, and I want them to keep me warm.

I can answer any questions you might have about the product line or anything else, just let me know what you need.
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Originally Posted by ifox
I'm looking for replacement of my Novaro bike jacket. My current one is made of material (nylon, I guess) that becomes very sticky during ride. Its hardly could be called "breathable".

Anyway, I came across Gore BikeWear jacket as possible replacement. Is it any good?
I love my Gore jacket. The pit zips sold me!





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Three Gore Bike wear jackets. Nice quality stuff, reasonable priced.
Many smart details. The windstopper's OK for some light rain as well.
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I use this jacket and like it a lot. Note that it seems to run on large size - small fits me over a bunch of layers while I usually wear mediums.
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One of the benefits of GBW is that the materials are selected and the garments are cut for the riding position. The garments will provide a more comfortable fit based on this alone, with no "ass hanging out" or "sleeves riding up" due to an improper cut. Miket, If your team is big enough something could be worked out (maybe). I really, really, really like the GBW Windstopper Softshell garments. they really perform in sub 45 degree weather, and the pit zips and front zips allow great temperature control. I also have a GBW skullcap for under my helmet which helps a lot on days like today (10 degrees out).
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