Mountain bikers know only too well that mountain weather can change from one moment to the next, turning a mild Autumn day into a blustery, showery challenge in minutes. Good outerwear should offer robust and versatile performance to offer a wide range of comfort and protection in changing weather conditions and flexible activity levels.
Gore® Wear is part of W.L. Gore & Associates. The defining features of the Gore-Tex brand continue to be durable waterproofness and high breathability. Gore-Tex Infinium™ focuses on high performance solutions that go beyond ‘waterproofness’ to offer an extensive range of specific functional attributes, including windproofness and stretch features.
New to the Gore Wear collection and quite a mouthful, the Gore C5 Gore-Tex Infinium Hybrid Hooded Jacket is an outer layer that can be worn for a broad range of activities, and provides a fabric solution for those days when temperature changes, wind, light rain and trail spray are all a possibility.
Predominantly made of Gore Windstopper® Stretch Material, the jacket offers full all-weather protection with the comfort of softshell. Adding to its wind blocking properties, the jacket’s critical areas, like the shoulders, upper body and arms, are constructed from waterproof Gore-Tex Active material, targeting the parts of the body that need the most weather protection. Additionally, just like any fully hardshell jacket, the jacket features puddle splash and mud spray protection.
Gore Wear designer Kristina Mora said, “Under the GORE-TEX INFINIUM umbrella brand, we are now able to bring together the most advanced technologies to provide the best possible comfort and protection. In other words, we get as much out of the product as we possibly can.”
The stand-out feature of this jacket is its lightweight and breathable fabric; the form-fitting cut is available in black, red or blue colour schemes that also feature reflective logos to keep riders visible at night.
Complementing the Hybrid is the light, ultra-packable and robust Gore C5 Gore-Tex Trail Hooded Jacket offering full rain protection with a mixture of different fabrics. Mostly made of Gore-Tex Active fabric, this jacket is particularly strong on comfort performance with strong and resilient ripstop Gore-Tex PacLite® Plus laminate used for specific areas of the jacket, on places like the elbows, shoulders and upper back.
PROPER CARE – TIPS AND TRICKS
Routine care, including washing, drying, and reapplying durable water repellent (DWR) treatment as needed, will ensure performance and extend garments’ useful life. Before washing a garment, zip the front, pockets and pits completely, fasten all flaps and straps then carefully follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions too.
Machine wash on a warm permanent-press cycle (105°F/ 40°C) with a small amount of liquid detergent. Rinse twice and minimise spinning to reduce creasing. Don’t use powder detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, or bleach. Don’t wash with heavily soiled clothing.
If you don’t have access to a tumble dryer, you can still reactivate the DWR by ironing the dried garment on a gentle setting (warm, no steam) by placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. NB – Do not iron Gore-Tex Shakedry™ garments.
Line dry the garment or tumble dry it on a warm, gentle cycle. Once it’s dry, tumble dry the garment for 20 minutes to reactivate the DWR treatment on the outer fabric. You can do this anytime you notice the water repellency needs a boost. NB – Do not tumble dry Gore-Tex Shakedry garments.
If water repellency can no longer be reactivated by washing and drying a fresh DWR treatment will be needed. Be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for reapplication and don’t forget to activate it by following the instructions for tumble drying or ironing. NB – Does not apply to Gore-Tex Shakedry garments.