Product of the Month
Gore One 1985 Shakedry Jacket
The Gore ONE 1985: Pioneering weather protection for road cyclists
Since introducing their first "Giro" raincoat in 1985, Gore Bike Wear has pioneered modern rain protection for cyclists. W.L Gore’s bike wear brand creates innovative membrane designs that are hugely popular. They offer excellent protection against the rain, proper breathability and cycling-specific cuts. This year, the company began selling their new ONE 1985 SHAKEDRY rain jacket. The name pays tribute to Gore's first successful raincoat. Made with GORE-TEX Active SHAKEDRY, this forward-thinking rain jacket boasts modern and breathable GORE-TEX technology.
Our colleague Henri, Head of the Purchasing Team, is known as our resident ‘tough nut’ – both in the office and in the saddle. As long as STRAVA is working, this experienced roadie will tackle alpine passes whatever the weather. Henri took the opportunity to test the new Gore road bike raincoat against the autumn weather during his 30 km daily commute. Read on to find out what he thought of it.
The first impression
If you look at the current range of Gore Bike Wear, the new ONE 1985 GTX SHAKEDRY jacket is essentially an update of last year's ONE jacket. Like the regular Gore ONE, the 1985 SHAKEDRY is made from Gore's Active material. It’s the highlight of Gore's new premium technology: instead of positioning a water-repellent fabric outer layer over the sensitive membrane (like the classic 3-layer GORE-TEX), Gore has placed the membrane itself on the surface, allowing the jacket to simply repel the rain. The aim of this is to improve breathability and reduce the weight of the jacket. Essentially, this construction makes for a high-tech jacket that’s extremely lightweight and compact. Packed in its own bag, the 1985 SHAKEDRY is hardly bigger than your fist and size L weighs just over 100 grams. This model also scores points thanks to its adjustable collar with a Velcro closure and two-way zipper at the front.
On the bike
No one likes a rainy commute to work and thankfully it remained dry for the first few days testing the jacket. It packs down so small that it certainly wasn’t an inconvenience to carry around with me. My first impression was that I was particularly impressed with the cut. It has a shorter front and a longer back meaning it sits comfortably whilst riding. The closable collar and 2-way zip give you the chance to introduce more or less ventilation depending on the weather conditions. The cuffs of the jacket hug the wrists comfortably. When the rain finally did arrive, it came down in buckets. The Gore One 1985 performed excellently during several 30-minute downpours. Whilst wearing a backpack, you could tell that the membrane was being stretched to the limits on the pressure points, but in general it held up remarkably well. The breathability was very impressive and compared to other high-quality raincoats, the 1985 SHAKEDRY is a significant improvement on the ONE. It’s a really great alternative to a windbreaker jacket on days when the weather is changeable.
GORE BIKE WEAR – GORE-TEX® Technology
High-quality materials, impressive design and high-performance technologies characterise every piece of Gore Bike Wear. As a leading manufacturer of waterproof and breathable membrane solutions, Gore Bike Wear naturally uses the best and latest material innovations. To ensure the best protection from the wind, water and cold whilst cycling, the Gore Bike Wear development team has developed cutting-edge design and details that properly suit cyclists. Thanks to top workmanship, cyclists can rely on the years of experience that has been put into the designs of their trousers, jackets and much more. With Gore Windstopper, Gore Active and many other technologies, cyclists are really prepared for any weather.