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Gore Bike Wear Countdown SO Light Jacket - Women's

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When you read a label and it says "waterproof" or "windproof" what's the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely, you're highly skeptical that any garment actually exists that will keep you warm and dry. But, truthfully, there are a few manufacturers that are capable of fully supporting these claims. Gore Bike Wear is first on the list. This is the same Gore that is the name behind WindStopper and Gore-Tex fabrics, so you know that you are getting your garment straight from the source. Gore Bike Wear's Countdown SO Light Jacket will keep you warm and dry no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.

Gore used its venerable WindStopper softshell fabric in the Countdown SO jacket. WindStopper provides an absolute level of protection against the wind, defining itself as utterly windproof. However, this material is also water-resistant. Now, it's worth noting that Gore's designation of "water-resistant" is superior to other manufacturers' insistence of "waterproof." This combination of attributes falls in line with what Gore calls its Outfit System. Within this system, there are three layers of apparel with three specific functions. The first layer is for moisture management, the second layer controls thermo-regulation, and the third layer, such as this jacket, provides weather protection. Accordingly, WindStopper will repel water, shed snow, and block out any wind, all while remaining highly breathable.

Due to its polyester composition, the material remains soft against the skin, while also providing complete freedom of movement. After all, WindStopper is essentially a lightweight inner-membrane of the polyester fabric. So, when coupled with the anatomic, countered cut of the jacket, you'll find that the Countdown provides a fit that's free of any pinching, bunching, or chafing while in the saddle. In fact, this lends itself directly to the pronounced ideology of the Countdown line — all-mountain versatility. Gore designed this jacket to provide both protection and comfort throughout various terrain and riding styles. So, you'll find that the back hem has been elongated, there's an elastic binding on all of the edges, the elbows have been pre-shaped, and the overall fit is fairly relaxed. For even further comfort, the jacket also features flatlock stitched seams throughout the construction. This minimizes the height of the seams, eliminating the risk of abrasion at major points of articulation.

And if you're out for a long day on the trails, you're going to need ample and accessible storage. Gore included two concealed front pockets, one zippered Napoleon chest pocket, and a zippered rear security pocket. For increased visibility to motorists in low-light conditions, Gore has also placed reflective accents throughout the jacket.

The Gore Bike Wear Countdown SO Light Jacket - Women's is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors White/black, Splash Blue/waterfall blue, Speed Blue/raven brown, Rich Red/waterfall blue, Thai Pink/berry red, and Kiwi/green tea.

Tech Specs

[shell] WindStopper (2-layer), [face fabric] polyester
Fabric Waterproof Rating:
water resistant
Fabric Breathability Rating:
highly breathable
not taped
2 zippered front hand, 1 chest zippered, 1 back zippered
Recommended Use:
cold weather cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

GORE Bike Wear & Running Wear

34 36 38 40 42 44
Chest 30.25 - 31.5in
(77 - 80cm)
32 - 33in
(81 - 84cm)
33.5 - 34.75in
(85 - 88cm)
35 - 36.25in
(89 - 92cm)
36.5 - 37.75in
(93 - 96cm)
38 - 39in
(97 - 100cm)
Arm Length 28in
Waist 24 - 25.25in
(61 - 64cm)
25.5 - 26.75in
(65 - 68cm)
27 - 28.25in
(69 - 72cm)
28.75 - 30in
(73 - 76cm)
30.25 - 31.5in
(77 - 80cm)
32 - 33in
(81 - 84cm)
Hip 34 - 35in
(86 - 89cm)
35.5 - 36.75in
(90 - 93cm)
37 - 38in
(94 - 97cm)
38.5 - 39.75in
(98 - 101cm)
40 - 41.25in
(102 - 105cm)
41.75 - 43in
(106 - 109cm)
Inseam 31.5in
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Arm Length:
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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