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by Shane Stokes
April 10, 2018
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Building on the strength of its ultralight, breathable, and highly protective ShakeDry fabric, the recently rebranded Gore Wear has announced a new piece of apparel, the C7 Gore-Tex ShakeDry Stretch jacket. As the name implies, the jacket maintains the waterproof protection of a hardshell in a new, stretchable material that does away with restriction or bulk that can hinder movement.
Stretch panels are placed under the arms and on the upper back of the C7 jacket, enabling a rider to more easily move from riding on the tops of their bars, or on the hoods, to a fully tucked aerodynamic position. On the front of the jacket, stretch panels above the hips reduce the amount the jacket will move during normal pedaling. Gore Wear claims that chaffing and rubbing is minimized as there is less bunching of material; the company also states that the breathability of the ShakeDry Fabric means the C7 can be worn in warm, wet conditions, as well as very cold situations.
“By carefully and strategically placing these panels alongside Gore-Tex ShakeDry Fabric,” Gore Wear claims, “the overall weight of the jacket is kept very low, but the bulk and noise of the jacket is reduced. The result is a closely fitting jacket that will flap less in the wind, hug the body closer, and provide unrestricted movement while training or racing.”
Classics star Fabian Cancellara, who has been a global brand ambassador for Gore Wear since 2017, said he is excited about the new model. “I’ve been waiting for this jacket for a long time,” he said. “It’s ultra-lightweight and superbly breathable, it fits into any jersey pocket, it’s completely waterproof and it fits like a second skin thanks to the stretch inserts.”
The C7 Gore-Tex ShakeDry Stretch jacket will be available for USD $370 through Competitive Cyclist or at the GoreWear website.