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Gore Bike Wear One 1985 GTX Shakedry Jacket - Men's

Gore Bike Wear One 1985 GTX Shakedry Jacket - Men's

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Shifting paradigms.

When Gore released its first Gore-Tex jacket, the Giro, three decades ago, it revolutionized wet-weather cycling apparel by pairing breathability with weather-blocking prowess. Although it came with a pretty price tag, this jacket gave us a collective hope that the days of sweating bullets in the steamy microclimate of thick plastic rain capes could soon be in our rear view mirror. The years between have not disappointed, ushering in a plethora of reasonably breathable, weather-resistant cycling jackets to keep our training on track when the weather turns south. However, Gore didn't become a legend in the outdoor industry by settling for "reasonable," and its engineers have been furiously at work creating the new Gore Bike Wear One 1985 GTX Shakedry Men's Jacket. Arriving amidst a swirl of rumors that it will change our experience of exercising in inclement weather, this jacket is Gore's attempt to push the industry into a new paradigm of fabric technology. Again.

Touted as the lightest and most breathable Gore-Tex product ever created, the secret to this jacket lies in its Shakedry fabric technology. Most weather-proof fabrics employ a porous-yet-weather-blocking inner membrane protectively sandwiched between a liner and DWR-treated face fabric, which is a functional if not necessarily lightweight way to achieve the desired level of weather protection. As the DWR treatment eventually wears off, you're left in the rain with a water-soaked outer layer that restricts breathability and brings back visions of those dreaded plastic rain capes.

Shakedry, conversely, lands as a lightweight, paper thin, single-layer fabric that's highly breathable and durably wind- and water-repellant. In fact, Shakedry lives up to its billing because it literally shakes dry. Whether you're riding out from under the storm into welcoming sun or hungrily clopping into your favorite café, a quick shake expels water beads from the surface, freeing you from the inconvenience of cold, damp jersey pockets and dangerously slippery tableside puddles.

Shakedry mimics the tactile experience of grasping a swatch of slightly crinkly, lightweight paper. It's not brittle by any means, but we're inclined to make extra note of Gore's recommendation that this jacket be reserved for road applications. Shifting pack straps, errant branches, air born gravel, and the general abuse garments see off the pavement hold ample potential to wreak havoc on the minimalistic fabric's integrity.

When used in its preferred environment, Shakedry's tech shines brightly with a silky, dark anthracite sheen that adds a classy aesthetic to otherwise monochrome kit. Looks aside, it also assures that, on days when that final interval set sees you hammering through a torrential downpour sweeping across the exposed levee road, you'll still arrive under the protective awning of the café to enjoy post-ride rewards in warm, dry comfort. In fact, Gore even goes to the extent of promising that this fabric is GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY (capitalization Gore's, but we reproduce that textual choice to stress the claim's enormity)—although it makes no promises about helping your tires manage the gauntlet of rain-slicked street paint designating bike lanes and crosswalks encountered along the way.

The single-layer construction that makes the GTX Shakedry jacket so light also makes it exceptionally packable, with Gore claiming that it will fit easily into any jersey pocket. If you've ever tried to fit a traditional three-layer membrane jersey or jacket into a pocket, you'll understand our excitement at the ability to roll out under looming clouds with this amount of protection tucked neatly along for the ride in case we can't quite race the storm home. (Which, to be fair, we're rarely able to do.) The jacket's zippered rear stow pocket also doubles as a carrying pouch, so you can tuck it away without worries of flyaway fabric or tangled gel packets as you sift through your jersey pockets for essentials on the fly.

The GTX Shakedry Jacket's fit is classically Gore through and through, with a relaxed profile that leaves ample room for layering without any worries of restricted motion as you hunker down in the drops, shifting your weight to wrestle the bike through howling crosswinds. As always, Gore pays attention to every detail for an impeccably constructed final product. Not satisfied with the one-size-fits-all, restrictive fit of zipped up collars, Gore utilizes hook-and-loop strips for a fully customizable collar fit that lets you dial in the perfect balance of protection and comfort.

As a final touch—and something we would love to see on every jacket of this caliber—Gore adds a two-way zipper that allows quick access to jersey pockets without having to fully unzip. This may sound like a small detail, but fumbling to get a zipper started in the rain just because you wanted to check your snack supply levels is an annoying task, and a two-way zipper means you'll never have to worry about it again. Unzipping from the bottom while the top stays secure also allows for targeted ventilation that nevertheless protects your shoulders, chest, and back from rain fall.

  • A lightweight, breathable, weatherproof cycling jacket
  • Shakedry tech blends breathability and durable weather resistance
  • Highly packable fabric fits easily into a jersey pocket
  • Dries fast with a quick shake to expel surface water beads
  • Partially elastic cuffs keep hems in place without adding bulk
  • Relaxed fit leaves ample room for layering
  • Reflective elements increase visibility to others in low-light
  • Gore Bike Wear aims to once again shift the paradigm of inclement weather gear

Tech Specs

GORE-TEX Active with SHAKEDRY Product Technology
two-way front zip
1 rear zip
yes, reflective print and logos
Claimed Weight:
[size large] 116 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size Chart

GORE Bike Wear & Running Wear

Men's Apparel

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)


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)


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)


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.
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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This is a great rain/wind shell

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

Fits close over a base layer plus long sleeve jersey plus a thin quilted jacket. Kept me dry in the rain and hail. Really stuffs well into a jersey pocket.

Amazing performance

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Just got this and so have not had put it through the paces but did test it on a 11 mile 32 degree/20 mph wind layering only a thin compression layer and this jacket. To complete the wear I had a balaclava, pants, and thick Castelli Estremo gloves, but just those two layers. I felt no wind discomfort at all and was plenty warm enough in that area. Will update my review after I've had some time to use it in the spring during wet weather but so far, looks like this helps out a lot as even a winter jacket.

Sizing - I'm 5'9 and 175 and I have a large. Seems about right.

Excellent jacket, terrible size chart

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

Compared to the previous generation active shell membranes, the ShakeDry membrane is a significant improvement. It has increased breathability, even better than competitors like eVent.

Unfortunately, the size chart is completely wrong. It's off by at least 1 full size (almost 2) if you prefer a "slim" fit. If you like a loose, baggy "club" fit, the size chart is perfect.

I have a 37" chest (measured) and this jacket fits very loose and baggy. When riding, the entire jacket flaps in the wind due to the excess material.

I actually measured the jacket (which does not stretch) and it's at least 3" bigger than the chest size specified in the chart. A small 1985 GTX fits like a medium Gore Oxygen AS jacket.

How did they do it?

    The low weight of this jacket is one thing but the waterproofing is outstanding as well. My skinny build with freakishly long arms fit well in a medium.

    Avg. ride time: 7h 53m per week
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    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: XXL

    This is a difficult product to review. The material and the attention to detail are outstanding. I had long given up on waterproof jackets of any kind. I would always end up wet from sweat in other jackets even with large pit zips. This is the first waterproof jacket that actually breaths as well as a windstopper jacket. It doesn’t' need vents. It is truly a remarkable material.
    My only complaint (but a big one) is the fit. I am 6'4" and 195 lbs with a 43" chest and a 35.5" waist. Based on the sizing guide I am an XXL. I was skeptical about the 2 Xs, but it does fit me perfectly in the chest. The only negative with the jacket is that it would only fit perfectly in the waist if I were 5 months pregnant. There is so much extra material around the belly that it is absurd. I would have returned it right away, but I needed it for a 200k ride that I did a few days after the jacket arrived.
    Many people will be very happy with this jacket, but I wish that I had the Oro jacket instead.

    Great Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This jacket is super light and packable and sheds rain like no other. I just got back from a ride that was low 40's, even saw a hint of snow. Had one thin polyester long sleeve jersey on and was warm. Barely. It's almost light and breathable enough that for the temperatures it's most suitable for you almost don't need a jacket. With that in mind, make sure and get a size that you can layer with. It's a perfect jacket for putting inside a long sleeve jersey pocket just in case it rains and the temps are below the 50's. On some of the marketing video's it shows these guys riding in the rain with the jacket on but without gloves. I just think that if I don't need gloves to keep my hands warm in the rain I probably don't need a jacket either. Overall I would buy again.

    This jacket is pure gold

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    After using it during a 7 hour rainy, 45 degree ride, I am a believer. This jacket is now the yardstick,


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

    I have not had a chance to use it in the rain but have no doubt that it will perform as advertised. Very packable. Definitely a buy. Be sure to follow the sizing chart.

    The Ultimate Shel!!!!

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

    I was lucky enough to own one of the first of these available. I am amazed! Packable GORE TEX!!!!!!!! Breathable!!!!! I haven't used it in the rain yet and only as a shell this winter and it out performs everything else I own! It is rather tough too...had a crash on the MTB and no holes! Don't know how tough it is in a major crash but if its just being used on the road you will always have this with you.