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Gore Bike Wear Xenon SO Jacket

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Description

Hypothermia insurance.

Gore's Xenon SO Jacket blurs the lines between jersey and jacket. It layers on like an insulated jersey, but blocks the wind with all the effectiveness of a nylon jacket. The key element is the Gore Windstopper Soft Shell construction.

The Soft Shell fabric stretches and moves with your body like the best jerseys. It's because of this extreme mobility that Gore can cut the panels to create a snug, form fit for the Xenon SO Jacket. With that in mind, the cut is optimized for best fit when you're on the bike. The sleeves are pre-articulated to accommodate a natural, relaxed bend at the elbows, and the tall collar has an ergonomic design with a shallow crescent shaped relief so it won't bunch on the back of your neck when you're fully zipped and in the drops.

Due to the effectiveness of the Windstopper membrane, the folks at Gore have included some zippered vents to give you the ability to moderate your temperature. Two zippers flank the torso and allow a huge amount of air to flow into the jacket when fully unzipped. Their positioning also works well when you might want to keep the main zipper up to thwart a frontal blast but let some cool air creep into the sides and around your back. The forearms bear zippers that run from the cuff towards the elbow. In addition to allowing venting for your arms, they make it that much easier to get your hands through the form-fit sleeves.

The Xenon SO Jacket has the standard three pockets on the back. The outer two are angled down towards the outsides for easier access to your stash. And a zippered fourth pocket is semi-hidden on the middle pocket. It provides secure storage for credit cards or keys that you wouldn't want to jiggle out mid-ride.

The Gore Xenon SO Jacket is available in Red/black and Black/black and comes in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. The extra long tail has gripper elastic so it won't shift around when you've got loaded pockets on a long ride. Reflective elements on the shoulders and back will help keep you visible to motorists in low light situations.

  • Secure zippered pocket for valuables, angled back pockets for easy access
  • Gripper hems keep the jacket from migrating while riding
  • Reflective elements for low-light safety


Tech Specs

Material:
Gore WindStopper
Fabric Waterproof Rating:
water-resistant
Fabric Breathability Rating:
guaranteed breathable
Hood:
no
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

GORE Bike Wear & Running Wear

Men's
Jerseys & Jackets
S M L XL XXL
Chest 32.75 - 34.75in
(83 - 88cm)
35 - 37in
(89 - 94cm)
37.5 - 39.5in
(95 - 100cm)
39.75 - 41.75in
(101 - 106cm)
42 - 44in
(107 - 112cm)
Arm Length 29.75 - 30.75in
(76.5 - 78cm)
31 - 31.75in
(79 - 80.5cm)
32 - 32.75in
(81.5 - 83cm)
33 - 33.75in
(84 - 85.5cm)
34 - 34.75in
(86.5 - 88cm)
Shorts & Bibs & Tights
S M L XL XXL
Waist 28.75 - 30.75in
(73 - 78cm)
31 - 33in
(79 - 84cm)
33.5 - 35.5in
(85 - 90cm)
35.75 - 37.75in
(91 - 96cm)
38 - 40in
(97 - 102cm)
Hip 33.5 - 35.5in
(85 - 90cm)
35.75 - 37.75in
(91 - 96cm)
38 - 40in
(97 - 102cm)
40.5 - 42.5in
(103 - 108cm)
43 - 45in
(109 - 114cm)
Inseam 30.75 - 31.25in
(78 - 79cm)
31.5 - 32in
(80 - 81cm)
32.5 - 32.75in
(82 - 83cm)
33 - 33.5in
(84 - 85cm)
34 - 34.25in
(86 - 87cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
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.
Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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5 5

Works in Michigan Winter

I purchased one of these Xenon SO jackets elsewhere, and bought another one here when they went on sale. The first one worked so well that I had to get another.

I mountain bike on the snow or frozen dirt after sunset in the winter. The temperature is mostly between 32F and 10F. Wearing the Xenon SO jacket and Col d'Lizárd's Swift top underneath, I never felt cold at all while I was pedaling. Just by adding one more layer of microfiber stretch shirt, I rode under 7F several times without any problem. Thus, I would say this is a great jacket in a cold weather. Just pick a good mid/under layer with right material.

As of the sizing goes, I picked a size small. I am 5'7" and 140 lbs. My chest is at 37" and the small fits me very well, giving me a snug fit around the chest, shoulders and arms. Arm length is adequately long, going over my wrist joints and some more. The back is long and it never cracks up on me. The front may be a bit on a short side, but it shouldn't be an issue, if you ride low.

All and all, I would say it's worth the money you spend on this jacket, if you are serious about riding in the cold.

And lastly, I hope Gore will bring back red/black in color next season. Their latest SO 2.0 does not carry the combination. That was another reason I rushed to get my second one while the supply of the previous model lasts.

Unanswered Question

I really want to order the Gore Xenon SO...

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I really want to order the Gore Xenon SO Jacket, Color Black, Size XL. Will you ever have that in stock.

5 5

Jacket or Heavy Jersey

I wore this jacket from my house into cloudy, windy, wet wether. I don't think this is a packable jacket, but it is a warm jersey with vent zips. I really like this jacket/jersey.

4 5

Northern Exposure!

The nice thing about the bicycle fit cut windstopper is that you keep the same amount of heat between 25-45 degrees because there is no windchill. at 25 degrees i just add some cheap windstopper gloves and cap. i bet i could go to 15 degrees. it still is useful around the 45-50 degree temp I think. Especially if it is raining or something.

I am 6"3" and 170lbs. this jacket fits comfortably as a size large but it is short in the torso length. That's nothing new for me, sigh....

4 5

Northern Exposure!

The nice thing about the bicycle fit cut windstopper is that you keep the same amount of heat between 25-45 degrees because there is no windchill. at 25 degrees i just add some cheap windstopper gloves and cap. i bet i could go to 15 degrees. it still is useful around the 45-50 degree temp I think. Especially if it is raining or something.

I am 6"3" and 170lbs. this jacket fits comfortably as a size large but it is short in the torso length. That's nothing new for me, sigh....

Unanswered Question

I got this jacket a few weeks ago and I...

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I got this jacket a few weeks ago and I love it. I got the white version because it looks real sharp, but of course I got some black grease stains on it. What would you recommend I use to clean the jacket without damaging it?

UPS is expensive so it includes a duty

Is...

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UPS is expensive so it includes a duty

Is there anything cheap delivery except UPS?

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We only ship via UPS or USPS depending on where it is heading.

I'm planning to use this jacket as an outer...

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I'm planning to use this jacket as an outer layer for winter mountain bike training rides in North Carolina. Usually, temps in this scenario usually fall in the 35-50 degree range - cold rain can be an issue.

As a result, would it be out of the question to wear a packable rain shell on top of this jacket on cold rainy days? Can you recommend one. One of the things I really like is that the jacket seems to wear like a jersey, perfect with a base layer or two, so I could carry a packable rain shell if moderate to heavy rain is expected.

Maybe a vest would be a good idea, just to keep from getting too wet during heavier showers. This jacket maybe water resistant enough; though, my road soft shell is (another brand).

Thanks, Cooper

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If training hard I think you'd run too hot with anything on top of this unless well below freezing.

Additionally, I'd call this jacket water proof, not water resistant. The seams on the shoulders are even taped (on the outside).

5 5

good for he mtb too

So i was looking between the xenon so and tool so. The tool was the original choice but ended up with the xenon so because of the deal i found on one of the backcountry sister sites. thanks BC. Only slight concern I had with the xenon so vs. tool is how the pre-formed arms and if would be a tighter fit in the chest. The xl worked great and I am 5'7 180 with a wider chest/shoulders than a lot ot cylcists. Only thing with this coat is I wish I would have brought it sooner.

Also have a alp-x paclite jacket and think the world of gore bike wears products they just plain work AWESOME

5 5

Toasty warm

Early days with the Xenon SO, but I have done two rides wearing it and the temps were 36-40 F. I wore only a mid weight long sleeve base layer plus the Xenon and I was very warm. Neither ride was a long one (~ 2 hours each time), but I would totally be comfortable for 4 hours at 36 F with this jacket plus a quality long sleeve base layer .

In terms of sizing, I am 6' and 168-172 lbs, 38 inch chest and I went with a Large. In the less form fitting Gore jackets like the Phantom I can wear a Medium without issue, but in the race fit product I am pretty happy with the fit of the L. My arms are not excessively long and the arm length on this is just right for me. I might be able to squeeze the M but for sure the arm length would come up short.

Measured my chest @44"
The Sizing Chart...

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Measured my chest @44"
The Sizing Chart puts that as an XXL almost XXXL! Something seems wrong; the largest clothes that I have are XL and they swim on me.
HELP
William

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William,

This jacket is our TIGHTEST fitting jacket, so I'm not surprised. In addition, this jacket will feel tight across the chest while you are standing around, and will only feel "perfect" once in a riding position (once you bring your shoulders down and arms forward, the chest will fit right in place).

One thing you might double-check is the arm-length. The XL is about 34" and the XXL is about 35".

If anything, you could buy the XL and XXL and return the one that doesn't fit.

hope that helps,
Robert, Gore Bike Wear

just a comment: jacket looks awesome and...

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just a comment: jacket looks awesome and functional, except it should have dual front zips. that should be standard, especially for the price.

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Not sure exactly what you mean, but the jacket is super ventilated - hidden pit zips and wrist zips that allow you to ventilate or to move the sleeves up your arms. Also, the main zipper in the front is a locking zip so if you zip it down half way, it'll stay where you put it.

hope that helps,
Robert, Gore Bike Wear

Which is warmer? The Phantom SO or the...

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Which is warmer? The Phantom SO or the Xenon SO?

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The Xenon SO is definitely warmer, but is much more form-fitting, so a little less room to layer underneath. It also has pit and wrist vents if it gets a bit too warm. Also has 360 degrees of reflectivity.

The Phantom SO is a little less insulating, but roomier for layering, and it converts to a short-sleeve jersey with Windstopper front.

Both have 3 pockets in the back, but the Xenon has an additional zip pocket in back.

Personally, I like the Xenon SO more...

hope that helps,
Robert, Gore Bike Wear

I am looking for a more slender form-fitting...

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I am looking for a more slender form-fitting jacket like this (I am 6' 148 pounds) but with zip off arms.

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Your best bet would probably be the Alp-X Zip Off Jacket:

http://www.realcyclist.com/gore-bike-wear-alp-x-zip-off-jacket-mens

it's slim fitting, and zips to a vest. It is not insulated.

If you want insulated, with zip off arms, the Phantom jacket is a good choice - but it converts to a windstopping short sleeve jersey, not a vest.

http://www.realcyclist.com/gore-bike-wear-phantom-jacket-mens

you are probably a Medium.

hope that helps!
Robert, Gore Bike Wear

5 5

great cold weather jacket

i have used it in very cold weather below freezing with the gore ozon wind stopper jersey and craft base layer. have yet to feel cold.

looking for a very good rain jacket,...

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looking for a very good rain jacket, waterproof, vents. I like Gore products. ride alot, it get wet in Virginia in fall and winter

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If wateproof is the top priority try the gore paclite (Gore Oxygen) or jacket with eVent fabric first. They are truly waterproof, but you won't find they have alot of temperature regulation like pit zips.

If you just want a good spring and fall cycling jacket that has adjustable temperature regulation and can handle a little rain without freezing you to death, a jacket gore gore windstopper and pipt zips is the best. The Xenon SO here is perfect.

But seriously, In the end you will probably end up owning a rain jacket that pack light and the cycling jacket for cool weather.