Wind and rain protection, with soft shell comfort.
This much is true: For ultimate wet- and cold-weather protection in the worst conditions, a hard-shell jacket is your best bet. Yet hard-shell jackets, no matter how refined the cut, will flap in the wind, and the crinkly feeling associated with wearing one just doesn't appeal to many. If you find yourself in that category, consider the Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket--it offers the comfort of a soft shell as well as wind and rain protection that's sufficient for all but the coldest, wettest days.
The Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket is constructed of WindStopper Soft Shell fabric. WindStopper Soft Shell is soft, stretchy, breathable, and body-contouring. It fits and breathes like a comfortable mid-layer, yet it offers a level of water and wind resistance that approaches the protection afforded by a hard-shell jacket. Gore Bike Wear gave the Xenon Jacket its Slim Fit, which means that it contours the body closely to ensure aerodynamics and proper moisture management. Additionally, the elbows are pre-shaped so that there's no restrictive tugging when you reach for the handlebars. The jacket has a long back flap for full coverage and to protect the seat of your pants from road spray. It also has a shaped collar to ensure neck comfort. The zipper is supplied with an underflap and garage to keep it tucked away nicely when the jacket is fully zipped. If you find yourself overheating during hard efforts, you can ventilate through two side zips.
The Xenon Jacket has ultrasonically welded seams for minimal friction. There are three traditional patch pockets, as well as a fourth zip pocket for stowing your valuables. The sleeves have forearm zips and mesh inserts for ventilation and to make the jacket easier to put on and take off. A partially elastic gripper at the waist keeps the jacket from riding up. Fall rides often happen under low-light conditions, so Gore Bike Wear put a reflective logo on the front and back of the jacket, along with added reflective print on the sleeves and back.
The Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket comes in sizes Small through XX-Large and in five color schemes: Black, Apple Green/black, Neon Yellow/black, White/black, and White/red.
[shell] WindStopper Soft Shell
3 back, 1 back secure zip
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32.75 - 34.75in (83 - 88cm)
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33.5 - 35.5in (85 - 90cm)
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How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
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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I ride with this jacket on the trails in temps in the mid twenties, hence 20 thumbs up. I only have one layer underneath, a Craft Active Extreme Crew Long Sleeve Men's Base Layer. On the road I've ridden the jacket down to 31 deg and 20 mph winds, with only the aforementioned base layer. I'm 190 with weightlifters upper body and the XL fits fine. I've also had the jacket on during temps up to 58 deg on the road and it vents well, and the sweat on my back with the Craft base layer is minimal. The zippered side and sleeve vents are also a big help. Once above 40 deg, I have to unzip the sleeves to keep my gloves from starting to absorb sweat. The zippered rear pocket is a huge bonus for my cash and iPhone. The Jacket does not flap and the wind stop does stop the wind from cutting through. I own another riding jacket and use it in a 3 layer system........it's in the back of the closet now. The jacket is very easy to wash and air dries quickly on a hangar.
How would you compare the Xenon 2.0 with the Power 2.0? I want to use it for touring in cold conditions (40's, possibly 30s). I already have a top of the line Elite 2.1 Showers Pass rain jacket so I am not necessarily looking for all-in one protection in this jacket, as I imagine I could wear the Elite 2.1 Showers Pass rain jacket on top if it rains.
I did a compare on the Gore site for you, this is the basics:
The "Xenon 2.0, & the newer Xenon 2.0 Active jackets are both listed by Gore as having a 'Race-Fit'. The 'Active' version is Gore's lightest weight material, and most packable. This particular version was awarded by 'Bike' mag. in 2012. The original Xenon 2.0 has the most, and best tech. features of the 3 jackets you're inquiring about.
The most they say about the 'Power' jacket is that it has a fleece-lined collar...and is classified as best for Road/General use.
Both Xenon's are rated by Gore for Road/Racing use.
I have the ladies' Xenon 2.0 AS jacket & Gores' ALP-X GT jacket...love the GT for rain/wind protection. The ladies' Xenon 2.0 could have been better. This men's version has more tech. features...sounds like an improved version! Love the reflective highlights on the Xenon line (including the shorts/jersey).
I will say that my Gore jackets are NOT warm in and of themselves...my Xenon AS is definitely NOT for winter use, but a windbreaker, only (I wear Giordana's FRC for winter rides, and top off with the ALP-X GT 2.0 if it's extremely sloppy/wet/cold mix, for added protection; & the ladies' ALP-X 2.0 GT pants over the tights, when needed).
Suggest going to: Goreapparel.com to do a compare...then you can come back to Backcountry to purchase!
Pretty much only the jackets that are made from Gores' "Pac-lite", or "Active" materials are the only ones really 'packable'...look for either of those two words on the item(s)in question to help you know which is/is not packable.
A very well thought out jacket. 5' 4" and the small fits well. It really keeps the cold out, the high collar is comfortable but doesn't let in any cold wind. I have no problems with just a base layer and this jacket down to 32 F.
I used it once so far. The first ride was 4 hours with temperature from 20F to 30F and strong wind up to 20mph. I wore a craft base layer an this jacket. It was just perfect not cold and not too warm. I had Gore Tool jacket before so this one made better with more attention to details.
I'm 6 feet tall and weight 180# - Large is perfect for me.
Xenon is designed to fit tight and really work for the performance rider. With a cohesive look throughout the family, the Xenon Collection gives everything a high end rider would want at a price most can afford.
I read the reviews on wiggle.com. They were almost too good to be believed, so I bought it. Those reviews were spot on: it's a very nice jacket with the quality-construction I've come to expect of Gore. It's expensive, but it's worth every penny. Very warm, even at 32 F/0 C. It's too warm for anything above 65 F, but you can wear it at that temperature as a long sleeve jersey (with nothing underneath) and just open the chest and arm vents.
It's snug, but the size chart is accurate. I especially like that the arms are longer than usual, so they don't ride up when you're in position on the bike. The fourth "secure" pocket (has a zipper) is a nice touch. I don't have to worry about my keys, phone, wallet falling out.
I own the red/white above and liked it so much I ordered the older all red one you are comparing to. In terms of construction, materials, features (the great collar, the zipped vents on arms and sides), they are exactly the same. I believe the 'Xenon' reflective insignia on the arms are a bit different in design, but other than very minor cosmetic changes, the jacket should function exactly the same and give the same great warmth. I didn't keep the all red jacket as it looked too similar to my other all red jackets. :-)