Gore-Tex jackets – worth it?
As a Gore Pro-Shell owner, yes. It is more durable a membrane than the last few jackets and trousers I have had.
Having said that, I would prioritise cut, venting and features from a good brand above the latest ‘most breathable’ fabric. The cut/venting/features has far more impact on reachability and dryness in rain or when sweating than fabric. See Patagonia M10 jacket.
I buy in sales anyway – my Mountain Equipment ProShell mountain jacket was £83 from RoughGear in a dafty one day sale, down from £250…Posted 8 months agoFunkyDuncMember
That’s not a bad price for gore-tex but it’s very bike specific cut.
IMO Gore Tex is great in really shitty horrible winter conditions when either below freezing and strong winds, or just above freezing and chucking it down. Even then mine has pit zips which IMO are essential.
I buy Gore Tex to stop me getting wet from the outside, they don’t stop boil in a bag, they are just better than other fabrics. Get a nicely cut more walking style jacket
Edit – just noticed no hud, so big no from me.Posted 8 months agomartymacSubscriber
Yes, they’re worth it.Posted 8 months ago
I’ve a north face one i bought in canada, its superb, not too pricey either.
Also an altura cycling jacket, its good too.
I apply my personal rule to anything i buy nowadays, if its the cheapest available item of that type, it ‘probably’ won’t be that good.
Not always of course, ymmv etc.
IMO Gore Tex is great in really shitty horrible winter conditions when either below freezing and strong winds, or just above freezing and chucking it down
Do remember, GoreTex is the brand. There are many models of Gore fabrics, some better than others.Posted 8 months agohonourablegeorgeMember
I had the one below off Wiggle for sinilar price a while back, and it’s been excellent, really pleased with itPosted 8 months agorhayterSubscriber
So, I spotted a mahoosive discount on Gore-Tex at CRC: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/gore-bike-wear-power-gore-tex-active-jacket-ss17/rp-prod144132
But I am a) tight and b) skeptical. And all Gore-Tex jackets, no matter who makes them, seem pricey to me.
Are they really worth the money? Or what’s the alternative material?Posted 8 months agodovebikerMember
I have a variety of hard and softshell jackets in various flavours and GoreTex is one of the best for keeping the weather out, but like all the fabrics I’ve tried, won’t stop you cooking. Because of the way that Gore guarantees their fabrics, design and manufacturing then you rarely get a duff one. There may be lighter or more breathable fabrics but the compromise is durability.Posted 8 months agocdocMember
that jacket is goretex active which i don’t think is great. fine for keeping road spray & light rain off but no good in a downpour.
So far, I have found the new Goretex active shakedry amazingly waterproof, much more so than my mt500 jacket and on par, if not better than a couple of other good brand mountain jackets.
A downside to it’s very good breathability is that it is a very light fabric, therefore, not too resilient to wear, but the lack of a face fabric means no need for dwr coatings and it can never wet out.
Goretex pro is great in terms of toughness, but has similar ratings to standard goretex in terms of waterproofness and breathability, just with a much tougher backing fabric.
Interestingly, Gore bike wear are currently working on a slightly tougher mtb style jacket in Goretex active shakedry fabric but with a tough backing fabric to beef it up, kinda like a Goretex pro.Posted 8 months agodhriderMember
I have the Element Paclite jacket which I wear on and off the bike and find it greatPosted 8 months ago
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