Right now the leaves are starting to turn and fall and winter is right around the corner. Chance of rain this week is 100%. You’d think a little cold, rain and wind would keep the avid cyclist indoors, sweating away on a trainer and patiently waiting for spring. Granted, a trainer can be a cyclist’s best friend when the weather takes a turn for the worst. But, in most cases, all you need is the proper gear to maintain that freedom only the outdoors can provide.
Enter Gore Bike Wear. When the time comes for you to head into some serious rain and wind, accept no substitute. Just yesterday I was out riding and was caught in a downpour with nothing but a standard jersey, shorts, socks and shoes. I didn’t plan to be out long and thought I had a decent window to make it back in time before the rain hit. When I returned I was soaked to the bone. I wasn’t too far from home, so riding in the rain wasn’t a big deal (and actually kind of fun). But when you’re miles from home, riding in a torrential downpour can do some serious damage to your frame of mind. So, it’s best to be prepared and have what you need for a more comfortable ride.
Bike Wear is designed to keep you focused on the ride and not distracted by clothes or weather. Gore does that by giving you clothing that literally repels the elements. The company was founded in 1958 by husband and wife team Wilbert and Genevieve Gore, along with their son Robert. Pioneers in the use of the polymer, polytetrafluoroethylene, GORE originally manufactured a multi-conductor ribbon cable called Multi-Tet. In the process they discovered the ability to expand the polymer into an extremely thin and porous membrane. The result would be an all-weatherproof synthetic fabric that was extremely breathable and highly durable, even in the harshest of conditions.
Gore-Tex was officially invented in 1969. The heart of the fabric’s technology lies in the pores of the membrane surface. The microscopic pores are 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, making the fabric totally waterproof. The pores are also 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule which means sweat can evaporate through the material, making the garment breathable. Gore-Texalso meets or exceeds the requirement for windproof permeability where only 1.0 cfm (volume of air that passes through one cubic foot of fabric in one minute) or less is allowed.
One jacket from Gore that we’re really excited about is the ONE 1985 Gore-TEX Shakedry Jacket.
It not only looks awesome, but has all the features you’d want in an all-weatherproof cycling jacket with some amazing new technology added as well. GORE’s new Shakedry technology is part of their Active Product features and is totally revolutionary, being the first 2-layer membrane of its kind to hit the market. With Shakedry, you can literally see water bead off the surface. Just a few good shakes and you can knock the water right off, essentially drying your jacket. This offers cyclists an incredible advantage since the garment does not increase in weight from the rain.
In addition to the Shakedry repellent system, their new Active Products are the lightest, most breathable GORE-TEX available to-date, making the ONE 1985 not only weatherproof and extremely comfortable to wear, but capable of packing down small enough to fit in a jersey pocket.
OK, let’s talk socks! When I returned from my ride yesterday, drenched from the rain, the one thing I remember grumbling about was my socks. My feet were soaked. It was like I went swimming with my shoes and socks on. While it’s important to keep your core warm, we often neglect our feet. If you don’t want to dress head to toe in waterproof gear, these socks can be a great comfort. The cuffs are elasticized to fit snugly on your leg and the Gore-Tex breathable laminate offers full protection against wind and water. Paired with a good cycling shoe, you should be good to go.
For Baselayers, Gore is also one of our favorite go-to garments. Their Windstopper fabrics are totally windproof and provide maximum breathability with excellent moisture management and thermal insulation. Also, they’re super stretchy and comfortable. Perfect for cycling or watching movies in bed. For those cold and windy days, you won’t want to leave home without one. Just FYI, Windstopper fabrics are not waterproof, (but they are water resistant.) So, you’ll want to make sure the garments you’re layering with are, (if it looks like rain).
Windstopper fabrics don’t just stop at baselayers. Gore has a whole line of awesome jackets and accessories made with this versatile fabric. If you want to get a full overview of GORE fabric, check out our buyer’s guide link below:
The cool thing about Gore is it protects you when you need to get home – and at the same time it gives you an excuse to go out in the rain and have some fun. As I’m writing this, it is literally pouring down rain. No joke. I think I might put on my waterproof socks and go for a ride.