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Gear Check: Gore Xenon 2.0 Windstopper Softshell

  • By Triathlete Europe
  • Published January 24, 2013

The Xenon 2.0 is part jacket and part jersey which makes it a great piece of winter clothing. It has the feel and fit of jersey, but with all the qualities of a more bulky softshell jacket. Instantly it feels snug and comfy, yet delivers warmth on the bike like you would expect from something more substantial.

The Xenon 2.0 is fitted with a high cut front and a long drop tail, along with pre-shaped arms to provide the perfect fit and coverage in the ride position. It features more substantial windproof panels on the parts of the body that face the elements, namely the front of the body and arms, alongside thinner more breathable panels so you don’t overheat. Gore have also added zipped side vents so you don’t get too sweaty when working hard or climbing. The tall neck helps to make you feel sealed in and there’s a bite guard for easy adjustment of the front zip on the fly. We did miss the fact there was no zip garage here, though. The zipped cuffs allow plenty of space to tuck gloves inside and seal out the elements. Three large easy access rear pockets and a smaller zip pocket take care of stash duties without issue. We have used the Xenon 2.0 with just a base layer, and even on the coldest days, have never had an issue with remaining warm.

It’s available in a range of colours, and while it’s not the easiest to keep clean, we like the white version on safety reasons alone. While it might seem expensive for something that sounds more like a jersey, it is better to think of the Xenon 2.0 as a jacket that’s light and more fitted. This makes it far more practical and comfortable in use without compromising warmth.
Performance: 9
Value: 8
RRP: £189.95

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