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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Review: Gorewear C5 Shakedry 1985 jacket

The Gorewear C5 Shakedry 1985 Jacket is the best waterproof cycling jacket I've ever owned. It is light at 126g, which is a huge weight improvement over my Columbia Outdry jacket, which weighed 345g. It truly ventilates, unlike that jacket, so I never start sweating inside the jacket. On that rainy day in Bolzano (and when it rained in Rosenlaui), the jacket would bead up with water instead of the water soaking into the fabric like my wife's jacket. It stuffs into its own pocket, and the only flaw I can find is that after stuffing it, the zipper for closure is not well designed and frequently gets caught.

It provides adequate warmth, and I did the tour expecting to at some point wear both my jackets (the other one was a Pearl Izumi ultra-thin windshell) and still be hypothermic, but that never happened. To be honest that could be because we had a heat wave at the same time. It could very well be that we will never have cool summers again.

The jacket is stupid expensive ($300 MSRP), but for the first time in my life I don't feel like I overpaid for it. For a tour when I'm shaving every ounce in an effort to avoid walking up the mountains (and did not entirely succeed), it was worth it. If it came in a women's version I'd have bought one for my wife. If you do any sort of outdoor activity that requires rainwear and vigorous exercise at the same time this is the one to get.

Highly recommended.

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