Long, short, gone.
No matter how many times we make lists, record ride conditions, and map out outfits for different weather, spring's indecisive conditions continue to challenge us every season. For every day that looks pleasant and sunny, another follows that brings blustery winter air refusing to leave. Luckily, pieces like the Gore Bike Wear Women's Phantom 2.0 WindStopper Jacket display how far cycling apparel has come. Made with Gore's standard-setting WindStopper membrane, the polyester jacket zips off into both a jersey and a vest quickly and easily, with each incarnation of the jacket able to block wind and repel water as you adapt it to the day's conditions.
The Phantom's tailored fit still affords room to layer a base layer or thermal jersey underneath it. As the days start to gradually warm up and thermal base layers aren't needed, you can zip off the raglan sleeves and attach the included short sleeves to turn it into a softshell jersey, pairing it with arm warmers to fight off any lingering chill.
When you've survived most of spring's unpredictability and finally get some summer weather, the Phantom saves you the necessity of buying a separate wind vest, allowing you to once again remove the jersey sleeves to turn it into a simple wind vest, able to be stowed and brought out when you reach the blustery summit of a long climb. Through all of its forms, the Phantom retains three traditional rear pockets, a full-length zipper with a wind-blocking inner flap, and reflective accents to help increase visibility in low-light conditions.