£250 › Light­weight, pack­able and wa­ter­proof jacket

Cycling Plus - - NEW KIT -

YOU NEED A PACK­ABLE JACKET all year round, such is the prospect of a dry ride turn­ing wet. The holy grail of their type must have a trio of fea­tures – it needs to be light­weight, pack down small and of­fer some de­gree of wa­ter re­sis­tance. Up un­til now it’s been two out of the three at best, but Gore has changed all that with the Shakedry.

Our large test jacket weighs a pal­try 134.3g, packs down into its own rear pocket at 15x8.5x7cm, which is plenty small enough to fit in a rear jersey pocket. Where it ab­so­lutely scores though is how well it pro­tects you from the el­e­ments, the outer fab­ric feels al­most waxy to the touch and it beads up mois­ture like it was made from one of Gore’s heav­ier weight, fully-ap­proved wa­ter­proof fab­rics, such as its leg­endary heavy­weight mem­braned Gore-Tex.

The 1985 is an up­date of the ground­break­ing One jacket, but while we re­ally liked the One it did fall down in one cru­cial area, only be­ing avail­able in black. Not ex­actly what you want when rid­ing on the road in the rain or in low light. The 1985 Viz ad­dresses that by com­bin­ing high-vis colours, yel­low in our test ver­sion as well as red/or­ange de­tails. Gore has also added sub­li­mated re­flec­tive logo print and de­tails, so while the jacket is still pre­dom­i­nantly black it does have enough high-vis touches to stand out on the road.

It’s dif­fi­cult not to pour su­perla­tives on the 1985, it just hits all the bases bang on. The waterproofing is in­her­ent in the fab­ric and won’t wear out or need to be reap­plied like a Durable Wa­ter Re­pel­lant-style fab­ric, and be­cause the fab­ric has the wa­ter re­silience it re­tains its breatha­bil­ity. The fit is close but with just enough give to not be re­stric­tive, the min­i­mal zip has twin pulls, so you can un­zip from the hem to ac­cess your jersey pock­ets with­out it flap­ping in the wind. The close-fit­ting col­lar is lined with a com­fort­able, soft-touch fab­ric and the cuffs have elas­ti­cated sec­tions to keep them in place.

After plenty of show­ers and wet rides we’re still im­pressed with the 1985’s abil­ity to shed wa­ter; you sim­ply shake it or brush off the beaded wa­ter and the 1985 keeps on pro­tect­ing. It is with­out doubt the best pack­able jacket on the mar­ket to­day, and that’s even tak­ing into ac­count the high price.

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