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.