For a few years now, Gore Windstopper's stop sign logo has been a green light for cycling in the inclement weather of fall, winter, and early spring. Most of the industry's biggest brands have adopted Windstopper for their own purposes, but the Power Windstopper Softshell Zip-Off Men's Jersey demonstrates that Gore Bike Wear is best able to manipulate its own technology to accommodate different body and rider types.
The Power Windstopper Softshell Zip-Off combines a fit that's more friendly to non-pro cyclists' bodies with the ability to strip the sleeves as frigid, damp winter mornings roll into bright afternoons. The Power fit also leaves space for thermal layering, so on days when conditions only degenerate, you can pile on the insulation and turn that breathable Windstopper membrane into the outer layer of a full winter riding setup.
Combined with the zip-off sleeves' fall and spring versatility, that layer-ability means the Power Windstopper Softshell Zip-Off singlehandedly fills three or more cycling wardrobe gaps. We know plenty of kit hounds who pride themselves on maintaining a different outfit for every tick on the thermometer, but if drawer/hanger space and economic concerns limit your ability to go whole hog on cold-weather gear, this jersey's versatility makes it more than just lipstick on a pig.
Bad bacon metaphors aside, the jersey's reputation for breathable protection from the elements boils down to its Windstopper membrane. The membrane is windproof, so it shields your microclimate from wind chill and chilly air alike—this is especially important for cycling, where we're constantly generating additional wind chill. This is topped off with a DWR treatment that may not stand up to a deluge but is certainly equal to the types of showers that represent the most extreme conditions we'll typically ride in.
The Windstopper panels are combined in a pattern that minimizes seams, reducing chaffing, baselayer abrasions, and the risk of water slipping in. An elastic, gripping hem and close-fit collar also do their part to maintain the seal against wind and rain, and reflective branding on the front and back add a bit of visibility while riding in low-light, overcast conditions. The detachable sleeves zip on in a raglan style and the standard complement of rear pockets are slanted on the side, both of which features help ensure your reach isn't restricted while grabbing a bottle or fishing for a gel.
- An all-weather cycling jersey for three season use
- Gore Windstopper material is windproof and water-repellent
- Elemental protection doesn't come at the price of breathability
- Raglan sleeves detach for use in mid-range temperatures
- Regular fit accommodates thermal layering
- Three rear pockets for ride essentials
- Reflective details help keep you visible in low-light conditions