Without a doubt, the shoulder seasons provide the greatest difficulty in terms of layering. It's either too warm for a jacket, or too cold for one that's not insulated. And all too often, these conditions change from one to the other within the course of a ride. So, the question remains unanswered, how do you prepare for such chaos? Well, with the Gore Bike Wear Oxygen SO Jacket, of course.
The Oxygen SO is constructed from WindStopper soft shell to block the harsh effects of wind, while the fleece lining holds the heat your body is creating. The relaxed fit of the jacket is comfortable and won't inhibit your movement on the bike. Ultrasonic seams weld each piece together without the use of thread, eliminating chafing where traditional seams typically rub. A full-length zipper with a semi-locking slider and a snap-insert on the collar makes one-handed opening on the bike less of a circus trick.
Three pockets on the back store your ride essentials right where you need them. A single vertical zip pocket secures your keys, ID, and credit card for a mid-ride warm up at your local coffee shop. Reflective piping on the back and sleeves keep you visible during predawn and dusk rides. Reflective logos on the front and back add an extra measure of safety.
The Gore Bike Wear Women's Oxygen SO Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Apple Green/black, Black, Lemon/black, Navy Blue/black, Red/black, Splash Blue/red, Vibrant Orange/black, and White/black.
I decided to buy this jacket after trying many jackets one due to fit, feel and what I thought would perform the best. I bought this jacket also because I wanted to be able to ride in 0-20 degree weather. I am sure I will need a base layer for that. I took this jacket out yesterday for a 40 mile ride here in SLC. It was a little wet and cool (45) with 10-15 mph head winds. I didn't use a base layer on my ride, and I had to unzip the jacket 2/3 of the way down so I didn't over heat. I am sure I could take this jacket to the 35 mark without feeling to cold without a base layer. The jacket moves with you very well. The jacket has a neck warmer build in that comes from the back of the collar and wraps around your neck. Yesterday I didn't need it on my neck, but I used it as ear covers and it worked perfectly, so that was very nice. Tons of room in the pockets, 4 in total. Know this, the jacket does not have vents, so it is geared for very cold riding, so really I think 45 is the absolute max heat this jacket could be used for. Like I said I had to unzip it most of the way. The wind stopper is awesome, couldn't even feel the wind at all other than pressure on jacket. Did not feel cold. I say that it fits a little small but that is misleading. I also have Pearl Izumi barrier. I have always had to buy the XXL due the my arms. Usually the body is way to big for me, and arms are too small. This jacket I got the XXL, and the body is pretty well fitted, and the arms are a little more roomy than expected. So body smaller, arms bigger if that makes sense. I am larger rider 6'0" 250 lbs. I love this jacket, looks and feels good, and performs very well.
One of the warmest Jackets offered by Gore and a tight but not too tight fit.
Very warm and Snug Fit. Very cool hidden neck warmer under the collar.