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Gore Men's Xenon 2.0 So Jacket

by Gore

Price: £146.00 - £189.99
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Neon Yellow/ Black
  • Tight fit for extreme cyclist posture
  • Ergonomically shaped collar
  • Less friction thanks to ultrasonic seams
  • Full length zip with semi-lock slider
  • Zip-underflap

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  • ASIN: B0074I0GM8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Nov 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,767 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Jacket or jersey? The best of both! A cutting-edge garment for frequent cyclists. Perfect function, cut and appearance. A must for those who are always on the move.

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Jacket or jersey The Xenon 2.0 SO Softshell Jacket is the best of both! A cutting-edge garment for frequent cyclists. Perfect function, cut and appearance. A must for those who are always on the move. Features:3-compartment patch pockets on backReflective print Partially elastic gripper on hemFull length zip with semi-lock sliderLess friction thanks to ultrasonic seams2 side zip ventilation openingsPre-shaped elbowsZip-underflapErgonomically shaped collarZip at forearm with mesh insert for easy changing and for ventilationExtra-long backTight fit for extreme cyclist postureZip pocket on backGlossary: WINDSTOPPER Soft ShellOffers total windproofness with maximum breathability, combining the comfort of a soft mid-layer and the water resistance of a shell in one garment. WINDSTOPPER Soft Shells keep you comfortable with the freedom of movement you need for enhanced performance in a wide range of cycling activities and weather conditions.XENON OutfitsFor the hardcore, race oriented, long distance (4h+) road cyclist who trains in all weather conditions. XENON incorporates the latest innovations in combination with outstanding designs tailored for an extreme racing position. Key features: Excellent tight fit, edgy design, aerodynamic cut, ultra lightweight, 360 visibility and cutting-edge technologies like sonic seams and coldblack fabrics.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike N on 7 Feb 2014
Colour Name: White/ BlackSize Name: X-Large Verified Purchase
This jacket has enabled me to keep cycling throughout the winter, which as a self-confessed wimp I have not done before. It is light, highly visible and totally windproof. The fit and cut are excellent (184cm, 42"chest - XL), with no flapping whatsoever. Although not claiming to be waterproof, I recently rode through a downpour for over an hour and no water leaked in. Ridden in temperatures down to zero with only a single base layer and have remained warm throughout. Arm vents are great for allowing ventilation without draughts. I cannot recommend this jacket highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic jacket. Performs well and looks great! 22 Dec 2012
By Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: White/ RedSize Name: Small Verified Purchase
I really like Gore Bike Wear cycling clothes. I find they are really thought out well and function even better. I've been using a number of GBW articles for a few years now, but they've been mostly those with what Gore calls comfort fit. I've lost some weight because I've cycling and I wanted something that was more snug to the body. Enter the Gore Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket. Xenon is their high end line of road cycling clothes, and they have what Gore calls the slim fit: snug, but not next to skin tight (which they call tight fit).

The Jacket:
The jacket has Windstopper all around the jacket, front, back, arms, ribs, everywhere. Inside, a low pile fleece is strategically placed in places to trap warm air where needed and is missing from places where Gore thinks you will build up too much heat. So on my white/red jacket, where you see the red, that is where there is no fleece: center of the back, ribs, and the bottom of the arms. The black stripes you see on the shoulders is waterproof tape. Windstopper is windproof, but pretty water resistant as well. Putting tape on the shoulder seams makes the jacket a bit more water resistant (but I'd be hesitant to say it's waterproof), and makes the jacket look pretty sharp! The collar is high in the back and 'high' in the front. If you tilt your chin down into your chest, the collar may jab you under your chin. Head straight up it doesn't, and in the cycling position, it's just plain fantastic (more below on performance).

One little detail. If you zoom in on the picture of the front of the jacket, there is a little piece of leatherette covering the collar near the zipper. I believe this is a bite down area to help you pull the zipper down. The collar is quite stiff and I don't think this is necessary on this jacket, but still a thoughtful piece to add. (There is the same piece on the Gore Men's Xenon 2.0 AS Jacket, and on that jacket it is warranted.)

Fit:
I'm 5'7", 150lbs, 35" chest. Gore's sizing charts (don't go by Amazon's, which are rarely manufacturer specific) put me at the lowest end of a medium. It fit ok across the shoulders and arms, but was a bit flappy around the ribs. The Windstopper material has minimal stretch to it, so it doesn't cling tightly to the smaller body. I tried on a small where I'm just a little over the top range. While tight, I still was able to fit a base layer and mid layer underneath it and feel comfortable in the cycling position (standing up straight was a bit too tight). But the ribs were now hugging my torso. So I went with the small. Try different sizes to see which fits best, but always evaluate it from the cycling position (arms extended, slightly bent forward at the hips). These jackets will feel a bit tight across the arms and chest if just standing up straight.

Performance:
I've been on one ride with the jacket thus far. Started out at 30F and topped out at 40F when I finished a few hours later. Wore a base layer and mid layer with the jacket. Starting out, I was cool, a tad cold where there was no thermal fleece. 10-15 minutes into the ride however, I was glad there was no fleece as I definitely began to warm up. A few minutes later, I was already beginning to open up the vents: first the arm vents which stayed open most of the time, and then the chest vents, opened and closed when needed.

The first half of the ride, I was quite snug. Not warm, but definitely not cold, just right. Great start. Took a short break and went inside a store for some water. Opened the jacket and I was perspiring quite a bit. Tried to air out before I went back on the bike. I guess I was still quite wet from perspiration so when I started the 2nd leg of the ride, I was quite cold. But eventually I was able to warm back up after 15 minutes on the bike again. Moral of the story? This jacket will get you quite warm, you will perspire quite a bit, so vent generously. I wish the material breathed a little bit more to help keep the sweat buildup down.

A word about the collar. The collar is just plain fantastic!! In the cycling position, the back of the collar sticks nicely to the back of the neck preventing cold air going down your back. The front of the collar also tips up torwards the chin, so when you are in the cycling position, absolutely no air goes down the front either. You will not need a neck gaiter when you wear this jacket. I also have the Castelli Espresso Due and I wish its collar was similarly designed. I think i will need to use a neck gaiter with that jacket, definitely not required with the Xenon!

In summary, a great jacket that performs well and looks fantastic. While the material itself could breath a bit more, the vents are nice options to have to help compensate for that. It's a fairly light jacket, but don't let that fool you. It's a warm jacket that will help you maintain and regulate your heat on the bike quite well!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great jacket if the fit works for you. 15 Dec 2013
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Neon Yellow/ BlackSize Name: X-Large Verified Purchase
If you are considering this jacket, check Gore's size chart.
My measurements are:
Chest: 41.5 inches
Sleeve: 32.5
neck: 16.5

The chest measurement puts me near the upper bound for XL according to Gore (XL = 39.75-41.75). I wear medium or large in most other brands. I'm 5'10" and the XL bunches slightly in the torso when in the riding position. The sleeves are a bit long, but not too much of a bother. Overall the impression is that the jacket is for someone taller than me. The collar is snug and stiff. When riding, it pushes against the bottom of my jaw, but not uncomfortably. I have room to easily wear a base and mid layer without stressing the fabric. Other reviewers commented that the fit is like a jersey, I'm guessing they bought a size down. Following the size chart, it is very much a jacket for me. I may buy second jacket in large to wear as a jersey as long as i can fit a lightweight base under it. My only concern is the neck since the XL is pretty snug.

I'm a rider more accustomed to 100 degree heat and normally don't ride in the cold. My first time out was two hours at 45F with 10-15 mph winds. Combined with the Xenon bib tights and a mid weight base layer, I was perfectly comfortable. I would start to overheat when my heart rate went above 150bpm. I'll probably add another layer riding below 40F.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent jacket 9 Oct 2013
By Goran Pavlisa - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Apple Green/ BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
Jacket is very well made, except for the main zipper, which often gets stuck and is not en-pair with the rest of the craftsmanship. It is very warm (when fast cycling and working out), especially considering how lightweight and thin it is. I wore it at 7 C climbing and it was too warm with a merino baselayer, despite open vents, had to take it off after 30min. I do sweat a lot anyhow. At 2-5 degrees C on descent at 50 kmh it was perfect. It is definitely suitable for subzero rides.
It is not too breathable, but no windstopper is, and iti is better than any of its kind that i've tried in that respect.
Have not tested wateresistance yet.
Looks great and is very visible in green/black. Excellent reflectiveness.
Fit is very good, I bought a large jacket, I am 177cm and 71 kg, 41 inch chest. Could have taken a medium, but it would be too snug with a midlayer underneath.
It is expensive, but worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gore Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket works well 19 Nov 2012
By Stephen J. Kemp - Published on Amazon.com
I have done three rides with this jacket, with only a long sleeve base layer below it. It was comfortable in the 30s and 40s, too warm for the 50s, I have not tried it colder yet. I ride hard so and it did a good job of getting the sweat out. I like that you can open the side vents while you are riding as you heat up.

The jacket has good 360 degree reflectors on it. The collar is well constructed to seal off on your neck. I am 195 lb and 6 ft tall and got a large At first I thought it was too small standing up, but it felt better in a riding position. It is definitely a tight fit. If you don't want that, don't get this jacket.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A jacket, no. An AWESOME jersey, yes! 18 Dec 2013
By Press250 - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Neon Yellow/ BlackSize Name: Medium Verified Purchase
OK, you may want to get a piece of paper to keep all of this straight. I am reviewing two different products and mentioning a third, all of which have almost exactly the same name. Shortening the names here a bit: [A] Xenon 2.0 SO Jersey, [B] Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket, [C] Xenon 2.0 AS Jacket. Got that? In order to avoid tying myself in knots (who's on first?) I will use the letters above as I review the first two products ... the third I included for completeness and to make sure you don't accidentally add it into the mix.

All three of these products sound alike ... and to confuse matters further, they look very similar. What you ought to do before you read further is head over to the Gore Bike Wear website and use the aforementioned piece of paper to make a bunch of notes based on their product descriptions. Accurate notes, because while the descriptions are subtly different the products are far more different than the descriptions. Unfortunately, my concise [A], [B] and [C] notation does not carry over to their website. I have confidence you'll manage. See you back here in a few minutes.

With regards to [A]: when I hear "Windstopper" and "jersey" I think "I am going to wear this over a baselayer and be set for California winter temperatures (down to say, 45 degrees). I thought wrong. If you spent enough time on the Gore website, you spotted the phrases "tight ergonomic fit" and "ideal early morning or springtime piece". Take both of those phrases very, very literally. I'm a trim dude, and [A] fits me as tight as a fitted baselayer. Translating for you: tight ergonomic fit = "you are going to STRETCH this thing over your body". Next. [A] is a genuine Windstopper product, but it has ZERO insulation; this thing is as thin as any of my summer weight jerseys. Seriously. Translating for you: ideal early morning or springtime piece = "with a baselayer good down to 60 degrees".

Now the above presents a conundrum: if [A] is so thin as to be good down to only 60 degrees, why spend the big bucks on a Gore Windstopper product. Seriously. Any long sleeve jersey over a baselayer will do. Trust me.

[B] is the product listed here. It may look exactly the same in the pictures--and heck, it looks exactly the same in person--but there is are two very significant differences. But first, review your notes; specifically the phrase "Jacket or jersey? The best of both!" Please trust me here, this thing is a jersey. It is fitted like a jersey, though it doesn't require you to stretch it on top of you. Wear it with a baselayer? Easy. Wear it on top of another jersey? No chance. Unless you skip the baselayer entirely and wear it on top of [A]. And what on earth would be the point of that? So difference #1 is that [B] is fitted but not seriously snug as [A]. Difference #2 is even more significant: [B] actually has a light fleeced inside and is thicker/bulkier than [A] ... it is the weight you'd expect from a winter JERSEY.

In summary, you want [B] ... and I have no idea who would want [A]. BTW, the Gore turtleneck baselayer (NOT the Windstopper version) is absolutely perfect with [B].

You can thank me later for saving you a TON of time discovering all the above for yourself.
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