£250 Wa­ter­proof bike jacket

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

Ah, 1985, the year of Back to the Fu­ture and Gore’s de­but Gore-Tex jacket, which this up­dated ver­sion pays tribute to. For keep­ing you dry in the wet, the pre­cip­i­ta­tion pro­tec­tion pro­vided by the C5’s in­cred­i­bly light (116g), twolayer ma­te­rial is up there with the Castelli Idro (£260) as the best around, and we’ve yet to ex­pe­ri­ence any wa­ter in­tru­sion in the wettest of con­di­tions. Breatha­bil­ity is great for this level of waterproofing, it’s stretchy, wind­proof and it stows away neatly into the handy front zip pocket. So why isn’t the score even higher? Sadly it’s not rec­om­mended for use with back­packs (it’ll ruin the waterproofing treat­ment), ren­der­ing it un­suit­able for most com­mut­ing and mak­ing that £250 price tag tougher to take. gorewear.com

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