A layer-accommodating fit for the wet months.
Fall presents a dilemma. The cooler weather and variable conditions can limit the time we're able to spend in the saddle, but cycling under a canopy of changing leaves on singletrack, enjoying the crisp morning air on your favorite road loop, or picking up new-crop squash at the farmer's market on a bright Saturday morning are among our greatest cycling pleasures. Fortunately, Gore Bike Wear has us covered with the Element Gore-Tex AS Jacket. You can find it at the intersection of price, layering, and functionality and hanging up in many of our closets.
The Element AS Jacket is a true 2.5-layer construction, which combines an outer layer that carries the color and reflective details, a Gore-Tex layer, and an inner, protective scrim that only really counts as half a layer since it's integrated in the Gore-Tex fabric. The Gore-Tex is the important part, as that's where the moisture and thermal management goes down: water out, warmth in. Gore intentionally adds the modifier "durably" to waterproof and windproof because this jacket won't lose its resistances over the course of a season's use and/or in the wash. Gore doesn't make fabric that lasts for years of intense use and cleaning that would strip other manufacturer's offerings of their protective properties.
The jacket's fit varies from Gore-Tex's slimmer Power Jacket in that it's generous enough for some substantial thermal layering, so you can layer up when the temperature drops. It features two zippered front pockets for easy saddle-bound access, hook-and-loop fasteners for an optional hood (sold separately), adjustable cuffs, and a cord-adjustable hem. Reflective highlights include piping for your collar bones, upper arms, and lower back, plus a Gore logo at the back hem to make you as visible as possible in low-light conditions. The 2.5-layer construction means it's as lightweight and compactable as a waterproof jacket can be.
The Gore Bike Wear Element Gore-Tex AS Jacket - Women's is available in six sizes ranging from X-Small to XX-Large in the colors Black/lumi orange, Fresh Green/neon yellow, Jazzy Pink/blaze orange, Neon Yellow/white, Ruby Red/lumi orange, and Waterfall/ice blue.