There’s nothing worse than being cold on your bike and, call me a bit of a wimp if you like, but I’m always happy to spend a bit of money to help increase my comfort levels! If you’re finding it hard to keep warm now that the winter weather has started to creep in the Gore Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Jacket would be a great purchase!
This area of the market is absolutely choc a bloc with jackets from numerous manufacturers and it really is hard to know where on earth to start. I always think that it’s worth spending a reasonable amount to get a good quality item where my personal comfort is concerned as the small extra outlay will pay dividends many times over as I rather smugly and warmly cycle down cold winter roads. With this in mind I looked for a name I knew and could trust and also, I was rather intrigued to see that this particular jacket has a few unique features that make it stand out from the rather all the same looking crowd.
Wind stopping Properties
So, this is a great jacket for keeping warm on colder cycling days and, most importantly it does exactly what it says on the tin in that the windstopper fabric does indeed stop the wind from cutting through. Even when the temperature is in low single figures, with a good base layer underneath the Gore Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Jacket is warm and, when the going gets tough and your body temperature rises the fabric is breathable enough to allow moisture to escape.
High Quality fabric
Gore are well known for their high quality fabrics and they claim that the jacket is moisture and snow resistant whilst also being extremely breathable and lightweight. The warmth and wearability are clear features of the jacket, the material is soft, comfortable and not stiff and it has a soft inner as well. It’s obviously going to be shower resistant but not suitable, or intended for wearing during heavy rain. If it does get wet it dries quickly and it’s also very quiet to wear as well – none of that feeling like you are walking around in a cheap plastic bag crinkling and crunching with every movement!
Alongside the build quality, comfort and practicality that you would expect from a manufacturer such as Gore the Gore Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Jacket also looks good as well! Not that we like to pose around on our bikes or try to look cool but the design is thoughtful and stylish and the women’s version comes in some particularly cool colours! (Dammit I love that pink!)
Ok, so now on to the surprise features!
It turns out that the jacket has a few tricks up it’s sleeve (literally) in that, just like a James Bond car it can change it’s function at the flick of a switch!
Well not quite literally but the sleeves are removable by using the sturdy lockable zips and taking them off reveals lycra short sleeves making this a short sleeved top as well! The arms roll up nice and small and fit perfectly into the back pockets by the way! The only difficulty occurs when putting the sleeves back on a again as it’s not clear which is left and which is right, it’s a small point but it would have been good if Gore could have labelled them L and R just to make life a bit easier!
So, bearing in mind the transformational characteristics of the Gore Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Jacket it is also useful on Spring days when there is a nip in the air in it’s short sleeved version as well as on colder more wintery rides with the sleeves zipped on. It’s a great jacket for days when the weather really just can’t make up it’s mind what it’s going to do and you can adjust the jacket accordingly quickly and easily. It’s worth mentioning that the short mini sleeves are just lycra and are not as such wind or waterproof.
Other practical features of the jacket include the locks on the zips to prevent the sleeves unzipping themselves and falling off in mid cycle (funny!). The main full length zip has a baffle underneath to keep you warm and the collar zips right up to make a snug fit around you neck if you need it too. There are also three pockets on the back for your various items and the outer ones are cut with diagonal opening which does make it easier to get things in and out. This is a nice thoughtful touch as anything to ease the weird self groping/hugging/Orangutan type movements often needed to retrieve any item out of the back pocket of a jersey is very welcome!
The jacket is great in the dark as well with the range of bright colours. There are also a number of reflective strips on the jacket as well to help in this area.
Pros and Cons
The Gore Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Jacket has some great reviews online. In fact there are literally hundreds of them which I always take as a good sign when making an online purchase. Most reviewers like the points I’ve made above about the comfort and versatility and the practicality of the jacket as well.
One thing that does seem to come up relatively frequently is sizing and some reviewers felt that the jacket was a bit tight size wise. The jacket is made of relatively forgiving and stretchy fabric and is intended to be a relatively snug fir to prevent flapping in the wind. It also is cut long to help with the position on a bike but some people found that it was tight over the shoulders whilst being baggy around the middle. My advice would be to look at the sizing carefully and also think about what you are likely to wear underneath it. Sadly I’m also a bit baggy around the middle so the jacket may well be doing me a favour by hiding my excess so I personally would be grateful rather than concerned about this I think.
I also read a couple of reviewers complaining that it was difficult to undo the arm zips whilst riding. Surely you don’t want to be trying to remove the zippers whilst actually on the bike? In fairness I think they were wanting to be able to open the arms for ventilation which isn’t really possible but that seems like a rather minor point to me.
Other than that I have read nothing but glowing praise for the Gore Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Jacket. It’s ideal if you want a versatile, high quality item that you will get a lot of wear out of, will be confident that will have the quality to last and, most importantly feels and looks good to wear. I have no hesitation in recommending the jacket and hope that you enjoy it!