XENON 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Jacket
Awesome winter jacket
I have had this jacket for a couple weeks and went for multiple rides when temperatures were in the 20s and 30s. The jacket has great wind-stopping features and is extremely efficient at evacuating sweat away from the body. When temps are in the low 20s, I use two long-sleeve base layers (Transfer and Thermal from Pearl Izumi) and I am perfectly fine. When temperatures are in the high 20s/low 30s, a single thick base layer (e.g., Pearl Izumi Thermal) is fine. The Jacket will take care of the rest. It has three rear pockets that are large enough for storing food, cell phone, etc. on long ride.
Regarding size: I usually wear small (I am 5'10", 150 lbs, 29 in waist and 34 breast) but I ordered a size medium and it fits very well. A small would have been too small (since we typically wear base layers underneath). I would say the jacket runs slightly small.
Overall, I highly recommend the jacket.
March 5, 2014
The best and only go to jacket for riding in 20-35 degrees, with a base and long sleeve layer under neath.
February 6, 2014
Nice winter jacket
For a few years now, whenever the temperature dropped I would peruse GORE offerings and always stop short of and actual purchase, as soon as the reality of cost set-in. Let's be honest, GORE products are not cheap. In addition to winter mountain biking, this season began the first of cold weather commuting for me. I felt I deserved to buy myself something that would hopefully be worth its price. I was NOT disappointed. This is a solid jacket, period. I've used it daily for nearly the entire winter season. From 10F-35F and only a single base layer beneath, I've thought about my numb fingers and my numb toes, but NEVER have I thought about my upper body, the jacket simply makes it a non-issue. Not too hot or too cold, it just breathes and works. When the temps are above mid-teens I generally keep the chest zips open, not because I get hot, but rather because I'm not cold and might as well keep air moving. 10F and zipped-up, no problem. Haven't been in a downpour, but light drizzles and snow are not a problem.
Sizing: I'm 6'0", 165lbs, and the large fits me perfectly.
Minor gripes: 1) The sleeve zippers that run from the wrist upwards towards the elbow have a mesh-type material that's exposed when the zippers are open. After the first week of use, I noticed the mesh showing signs of abrasion and slight de-threading. It hasn't gotten worse and if it does it's easier for me to mend it myself, but I wished that a material similar to the jacket's shell was used in there instead. It's an area of the jacket that sees a bit of abuse and maybe should have been reinforced a bit more. 2) The pit-zip pulls should have larger dongles on them for better grab in thick winter gloves. I reckon the rear zip pocket could use the same.
All-in-all though I've been very happy with this jacket, definitely recommend it. My minor gripes are pretty trivial in light of the fact that this thing just works and is worth the price.
February 5, 2014