After 30 years of designing cycling clothing, Gore knows a thing or two about tackling the worst weather that the UK can muster. So, with another icy British winter serving up a seemingly interminable barrage of rain, snow and arctic blasts, Gore has another piece of all-weather armoury to add to your wardrobe: the Power Gore-Tex Active jacket.
For the uninitiated, Gore’s Power family of garments are the slightly more sensible cousins to the race-ready Oxygen range. In short, that means aero-obsessed racing whippets need not apply – the Power range is purpose-built for riders who prefer garments which provide a little more room to breathe.
The difference between the two ranges is clear from the off: where my 6’4” 110kg frame takes full advantage of the inherent stretch in Gore’s XXL-sized Oxygen 2.0 GT AS jacket – and keenly alerts me to any overindulgence during the cake stops – the Power is a far more relaxed affair.
With a suggested retail price of £180, however, the water-repelling, sweat-dispelling talents of the Power do come a little cheaper than those more packable alternatives. And, what’s more, with Gore’s new ranges of all-weather gear currently rolling out, there are some serious bargains to be had. Shop around and you’ll find the Power in a range of colours for as little as £105.
If you’re a true all-weather cyclist, and the the more relaxed fit suits both your physique and your preferred type of riding, then there are few jackets that are as good an all-rounder as the Gore Power. Snap one up while you still can.
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