Gore Bike Wear's Fusion Tool SO Jacket functions as either a single layer defense against cold weather on the bike, or as a casual jacket about town. Regardless of how you use it, the secret to its versatility is the Gore WindStopper Soft Shell fabric. In an overcrowded market of purpose-specific clothing, it's nice to know that you have something that works perfectly on the bike, and lets you blend in with the civilians when you're on foot.
Gore's Fusion Tool is looser fitting than its Xenon SO jacket, however, it still won't flap in the breeze. In fact, Gore still considers it a slim-fit jacket. But, even with the close fit, the Soft Shell still stretches and moves with your body. So, even if you layer underneath, you won't feel bound by the fabric. The sleeves are pre-articulated in order to accommodate a natural, relaxed bend at the elbows, and the tall fleece-lined collar keeps the elements from entering up top.
Due to the effectiveness of the WindStopper membrane, Gore has included zippered vents under the arms in order to give you the ability to moderate your temperature. Perhaps the only details that give the Fusion Tool jacket away as a cycling piece are the standard three pockets on the back. The outer two are angled down towards the outsides for easier access to your riding essentials from the saddle. There's also a zippered Napoleon pocket on the left breast and small cloth for cleaning your eyewear. The tail is cut a tad longer in order to accommodate your position on the bike, and the lower hem and sleeve cuffs are bound with a simple and comfortable Lycra band. Reflective elements on the shoulders, back, and forearms will also increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.
The Gore Bike Wear Fusion Tool SO Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/graphite grey, Neon Yellow/black, and Varsity Green/black.
Excellent jacket, nice and slim fit. I could fit into a medium (6'0" 175lbs) but it was very snug and I bought this for cold, nasty winter conditions so I bought the large. Extremely warm, doesn't let wind in, you heat up quickly as you are riding. Wouldn't recommend for over 40F days. I ride it with an underarmour winter thermal under layer and you are perfectly temperatured.