Gore ONE Gore-tex Ac­tive £220

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The ONE is made from Gore’s Ac­tive Gore-tex fab­ric, which uses a ‘Per­ma­nent Bead­ing Sur­face’ on the out­side, elim­i­nat­ing the need for a Durable Wa­ter Re­sis­tant (DWR) coat­ing, which means the fab­ric can be re­duced from three lay­ers to two.

This re­sults in a com­pletely wa­ter­proof gar­ment that re­tains the breatha­bil­ity of tra­di­tional Gore-tex cloth­ing but, cru­cially, re­duc­ing the lay­ers of fab­ric also de­creases weight and in­creases pack­a­bil­ity. This is dra­matic and our size small hit the scales at just 98g.

The Gore ONE re­mains the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced jacket we have tested and is also the best-per­form­ing with re­gard to breatha­bil­ity and bead­ing. Out on the road, wa­ter­proof­ing is ex­cel­lent. It is easy to run out of su­perla­tives, but the per­for­mance of the Gore ONE re­ally is on a par with a ded­i­cated hard-shell wa­ter­proof. How­ever (and this is the clincher), the low weight and high pack­a­bil­ity is com­pa­ra­ble to a light­weight emer­gency rain cape.

The Per­ma­nent Bead­ing Sur­face ac­tu­ally works in our long-term ex­pe­ri­ence. Over time, many other jack­ets lose their DWR coat­ing, which di­min­ishes bead­ing and re­sults in them be­com­ing less wa­ter­proof. Hav­ing washed the Gore ONE mul­ti­ple times (30ºc with no fab­ric soft­ener!), we can re­port the bead­ing is ev­ery bit as good as when it was new. It has re­ally im­pressed in this re­gard and this at­tribute cer­tainly helps jus­tify the high price.

It isn’t a stretchy soft­shell, mean­ing that the fab­ric will flap slightly in the wind. That said, the fit is very good for a jacket of this type.

An­other crit­i­cism is vis­i­bil­ity. Some like stealthy black, but many will ar­gue that kit de­signed for bad weather could ben­e­fit from more vis­i­bil­ity. We are aware though that print­ing graph­ics on the Gore ONE’S fab­ric is not straight­for­ward.

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