Gore has been busy in the lab and has developed what it reckons is the most breathable Gore-Tex ever, Active Shell, which will take centre stage in the company’s bike range this winter.
Made possible by a unique new lamination technology, a lighter, thinner Gore-Tex membrane is bound on the outside to fine fibre high-performance textiles and the lining is for the first time directly integrated into the Gore-Tex membrane.
This creates an even more compact three layer design, a completely new level of breathability and excellent next-to-skin comfort. These features are supported by minimalist designs, without any unnecessary pockets and features.
For the winter Gore Bike Wear, the bike division of Gore, has three products that will feature the new fabric; the Oxygen GT AS Jacket, Fusion GT AS Jacket and the Fusion GT AS tights.
The £219.99 Fusion GT AS is the jacket designed for mountain bikers, with a looser more comfortable fit. Gore has made extensive use of pre-shaping, with the arms pre-bent at the elbows so there are fewer restrictions along the arms when wrestling your bike around the trail.
As you’d expect for a jacket costing this much, it’s packed to the brim with details. Reflective prints to boost your visibility, especially ideal on the road, are printed on the back and sides. The waist is adjustable with an elastic draw-cord, as are the cuffs with Velcro, there’s a handy stow-away hood concealed in the collar, and a zipped chest pocket.
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