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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.

Tech Specs

Material:
[shell] WindStopper Soft Shell
Windproof Rating:
100%
Fit:
tight
Venting:
side vents
Pockets:
3 back, 1 back secure zip
Seams:
ultrasonic
Recommended Use:
mountain biking

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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Avg. ride time: 3h 16m per week
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Just what the doctor ordered

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

After experiencing a couple of chilled outings on 40 degree group rides I did loads of research and chose this Gore jacket. It's great at keeping you warm with just an undershirt and very good quality. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is the arms are too long on my XL for me, fits perfect otherwise. At the sale price it was good value though only black in stock when I bought.

Great purchase

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I've used this jacket for several weeks now in temperatures as low as 25 degrees. It keeps me warm and dry. The vents are nice for trail rides as it can get a bit warm rolling at 10 mph up a stiff hill with no breeze. I've been riding at night so the high vis yellow with the reflective features is nice and keeps me feeling safe as I know that I'm seen by on-coming cars. The zipper pocket in the rear is nice for holding my phone securely in place.

very comfortable And warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Purchased this for cold winter rides and it is exactly what I needed. I have worn it on rides between 27F and 69F. If the temperature is below 50 it keeps you warm and protected from the wind. Above 50 I opened the air vents and didn't feel hot. Once it got close to 70 it gets a little warm. Love this jacket and will order a second one. It feels good on your skin.

Avg. ride time: 3h 54m per week
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Best money I've ever spent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I'm going on my 5th or 6th winter with this jacket and decided to finally write a review.

I'll be honest and say I'm a cheap cyclist, so for years I got by with lower-priced jackets and relied on layering to keep me warm while I logged my winter miles. I don't know what triggered this purchase, but I do recall coming to the realization one freezing day that the layers weren't working for me any more. I had many winter jackets prior to this one that were okay and did the job, but they all were missing something. One was great at keeping the wind off my chest, but didn't breathe very well. Another one fit great, but lacked the insulation I was seeking.

I decided to pony up the cash to get a "no compromise" jacket. I didn't want to rely on multiple layers anymore. I wanted a jacket that was windproof, rather than just wind resistant. I wanted a jacket that was form fitting. I wanted a jacket that provided some insulation. Lastly, I wanted to get the most bang for my bucks.

My search led me to this Xenon jacket and the fact that I'm still using it after all these years speaks how satisfied I am with the jacket and the quality construction.

A few things to note:
- I don't wear this jacket above 40F. It's just too warm even with all the vents wide open.
- I typically wear this jacket with just a short sleeve jersey between 30F-40F.
- For temperatures lower than 30F I would wear the jacket with a long sleeve thermal base layer.

If I had one complaint about the jacket: the zipper. The jacket is form fitting so it will follow every curve of your body. There's a kink where the jacket meets the collar and the flap under the zipper. This kink makes zipping up to the top a bit more challenging than it need to be. I've since figured out a way to zip this up all the way to the top of the collar, but it could benefit from a redesign.

Avg. ride time: 6h 33m per week
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Cold and Rain? Look no more!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Love this jacket! Great fit, comfortable, waterproof, wind protection.

The fabrics are warm, but not sticky warm. And the details are very cool: zippers, vents, colors.

on rainy days, 12-22 celsius degrees use it with a summer jersey or baselayer and you´re good to go.

Could use better venting

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

This jacket is pretty decent but not great considering the high price. For $250, a jacket ought to be pretty darn amazing but this one is just adequate.
I've worn it in temperatures between 30 and 45 degrees. With 2 thin layers underneath, it's OK at 30 degrees, as long as you pedal fairly hard. No matter how cold it is, I get sweaty under this jacket, but not excessively sweaty. At warmer temperatures (45-50) when I wear the same base layer + jersey without this jacket, they still get sweaty, so perhaps it's not the jacket's fault.
Still, it feels like the venting is not particularly good. There are zipper vents on the lower arms and on the sides of the torso, but I don't notice much difference beween open and closed vents, no matter what the temperature. I leave all vents open at temperatures above 35 in the hope that it will avoid excessive sweatiness.
The collar is fairly annoying. The part at the very top, at the upper end of the front zipper, is very stiff, and it rubs on my neck just below my chin. There is some reinforcing fabric there that probably has some obscure purpose, but its main effect is that it annoys me. In a $250 jacket, I expect better attention to details.
The fit is pretty good for me, just long enough in the front and in the back of the torso. It may seem short in the front when standing up, but it makes sense when sitting on a road bike. There is no loose fabric to flap in the wind.
I haven't worn it during any significant rain so I can't comment on how waterproof it is.
It does live up to the "windstopper" name of the fabric, which is probably why it's OK at temperatures in the 30s. There is no insulating layer, and none is needed. If it's too cold, just wear a long-sleeve jersey or baselayer underneath.
Regarding sizing, I typically wear size "L" in most cycling clothes, but for this one, I needed XL. I had also ordered it in "L" but had to return that one. I'm 6'5", 186 lbs, Chest:38.5in, Waist:35.5in, Arms:32in. I buy dress shirts with a 36 inch sleeve length, but when I measured my arms according to the directions on the Gore Bike Wear website, it came out as 32 inches. The arms on this jacket are just the right length for me.
XL fits fairly snugly but with room for 1-2 thin base layers.

After using it for a couple of months, I have come to the conclusion that it is useless. I always end up drenched in ice cold sweat. I wasted $250 on something that breathes as well as a trash bag. Maybe if you crawl along at 10mph this would work, but I don't see how any moderately fast rider could be happy with this.

Great Jacket and a good fit.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

Really nice jacket that does keep the wind out. Not much more needed underneath maybe just a base layer or a t shirt is all that is needed.

Well fitted and slim design with long sleeves. Very warm for cold mornings and cooler fall rides. My only gripe is that the white jacket and the material it is made from does tend to pick up dirt pretty easily.

Avg. ride time: 5h 15m per week
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Great Jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XXL

I used this jacket for the first time yesterday. went out at 32 degrees, came back in with the group about 60 degrees. Extremely comfortable throughout the temp range! The Hi-Vis yellow is a plus for the road! People with the bike club liked the Hi-Vis. I had to change sizing to a XXL because the sleeves were too snug. I couldn't have put a liner under the jacket with a XL. I am 6'3 and weigh approx 195. Heartily recommend!

Good Technical and Aesthetic Fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fit Size: 6'-2", 175lbs, 19.5 in pit-to-pit and the Large fits well both across the chest and in the body lenght. The venting allows this to be a very versatile jacket, from 25F - 55F. I find it a bit warm above 55F. Great awareness from Vehicles with the neon yellow and blue combination

Best jacket I own

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is warm, windproof throughout, and has zippers for venting when you need that. Fit is tight, streamlined, just about perfect. The jacket is not water "proof" but will shrug off light drizzle or rain. The only negative thing I can say about this jacket is that it may not be the best for lots of layering since the fit is pretty snug. However, there is plenty of space to layer this with a wool base layer, and by varying the base layer this jacket can cover 20 to 50 degrees easily. I have similar jackets from Assos and Craft, and this is the one I reach for when it's cold.

Fantastic Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn this in the 20s up to the 50s and in rain, snow, and dry conditions and have to say that it holds up to everything as long as you wear the appropriate base layer. While it isn't waterproof, I road it in the pouring rain yesterday and for a good while the rain just beaded off, eventually I got soaked, but hey, thats what I get for riding in the rain. This jacket pairs excellently with a long sleeve or short sleeve merino wool undershirt. I wouldn't bother wearing a jersey under this, its just too bulky. I typically rock long sleeve when its below 40, and short sleeve when its above 40. The pit and wrist zips are fantastic too, they really help and are easy to access while riding.



As other reviewers have noted, the fit is very snug. So, if you are a larger rider or need to shed some pounds, I wouldn't bother with this jacket, or perhaps size up.



My only issue so far is that after just 2 months the reflective coating is starting to flake off, and no I haven't washed it yet. Seems a bit cheap to me. Otherwise, this jacket is money well spent.

Very nice Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this jacket. I've tried Assos and Craft products in the past, and this Gore Jacket is the best I've used. The Windstopper material coverage is nearly the entirety of the jacket, so this thing is very windproof, with a nice fleece on the inside.



The fit is very snug, so about the only criticism I can make is that it's just too tight to put lots of layers underneath, but, on the other hand, you don't really need to. I've used this in windy conditions at 30F and I was perfectly warm with a heavy wool base layer underneath.



If you want a looser fitting jacket of similar quality, I'd suggest the Gore Fusion Tool jacket, which is basically the MTB version of the Xenon. The Fusion Tool is a "Slim Fit" as opposed to the Race Fit of the Xenon. Depending on your build it may be a better choice than the Xenon, and certainly allows more layering. (I'm 6' and 179 lbs, and large is a perfect it in both jackets.)



I have both jackets and don't feel a need for anything more.

hello, I write to him from Spain, I wanted...

hello, I write to him from Spain, I wanted to buy the jacket Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket in yellow, my doubt is the height, my measurements are this



breast: 105 centimeters

waist: 97 cantimetros

hip: 99 centimeters

sleeve: 67 centimeters



TO what HEIGHT DOES IT CORRESPOND IN THE USA?????????

NORMALLY I USE THE HEIGHT L

Your height doesn't matter in bike jackets. What is most important is chest measurement, and then look at waist measurement (and sleeve measurement, if given by manufacturer).



Use the size chart above (click where it says "size"), and generally order a size larger (as Gore, and many others tend to run 'small'), this will allow room for layering, especially in winter: base layer, thermal jersey, and then your jacket.



Your height would come more into play in figuring which tights to wear; then you would want to consider inseam and waist measurements.



Hope this Helps

Avg. ride time: 3h 15m per week
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Very nice fit and construction

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Me: chest 38, waist 31, 6'2", 160 lbs. M is a perfect fit, maybe a tad short in front but OK once on the bike. Construction is superb, fabric is comfortable worn right onto skin.

Twenty Thumbs up

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

Comparing Xenon 2.0 with Power 2.0 How...

Comparing Xenon 2.0 with Power 2.0



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.

Best Answer

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!



Hope this helps!



Avg. ride time: 6h 11m per week
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Can this jacket be packed small enough to...

Can this jacket be packed small enough to put in a jersey pocket?

Best Answer

Absolutely not - it is more of a "jacket" and not a thin rain shell.

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.



Hope this is still a help, too!

Great cold weather riding jacket

    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.

    Avg. ride time: 7h 22m per week
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    I love it

      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.

      Tight Fit, Warm, Versatile

        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.