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Had to send it back

I ordered this jacket as a rain jacket, so maybe I misunderstood its function when I ordered it. The problem in using this as a rain layer is that where the sleeve intersects the collar, the fabric is loose. The sleeves zip off, which is a nifty feature, but since the sleeve then doesn't actually attach to the collar in anyway, it would be an easy place for rain to get into your jacket. I can't figure out why they didn't just put a velcro closure or something.

The fabric, color, and construction of the jacket is really nice. If the sleeve had some kind of seal at the neck, I would definitely keep it. But as is, it doesn't work for what I need.

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Because this is a Windstopper Jacket, it is not intended to be water-proof. Windstopper is highly breathable, windproof and water resistant, but not proof.

It IS highly water resistant, and has a DWR coating, but it is not seam taped and as such, the seams will leak in a long enough ride in the rain.

If you're looking for something waterproof, check out the Oxygen GT AS Jacket: http://www.realcyclist.com/gore-bike-wear-oxygen-gt-as-jacket-womens

Hope that helps,
Robert, Gore Bike Wear

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Key watch-word: water RESISTANT, look for that in the description of any jacket you're interested in to know whether or not the item is waterproof, or just water "resistant'. Try the ALP-X 2.0 for great waterproofness/wind-proof...but keep in mind, this jacket is only a shell. Hope this helps for your future purchases!