Some days being a journalist is the best job in the world. Like when an editor calls and says "Pack your bags, start training, you're going to the Haute Route" or when a publisher sends a new race kit covered with enough logos to make even me look Pro.
Those are great days.
Other days are not so fun, like when you have to spend money on equipment so you can suffer on the bike in crappy weather. For some folks, dropping a couple Benjamins on a foul weather jacket is no big deal, for a starving velo-journalist it's a big deal. That's a lot of Top Ramen.
Developed by the same German folks who brought us the first GORE-TEX cycling jacket back in 1985, this new version eliminates the heavy shell layer, but retains all the über good properties. So, water & wind stay out, steamy sweat escapes, rolls up smaller than a thong and is insanely light.
Perfect for bucket riding? I put it through The Bucket Rider 30-day stress test to find out.
After 40+ hours of use in a wide variety of conditions including wind, sun, rain and temps from 20-65 degrees it's clear this jacket is highly breathable, more so than any other jacket I've owned. Most "waterproof" jackets keep water out but also turn the interior into a nasty hot high humidity greenhouse, especially if used as a wind jacket in warmer temps.
Not so with the Gore One 1985. The interior remains dry whether hammering in the rain under storm clouds or pushing hard into a stiff wind on a sunny day. That's pretty amazing - one jacket that does it all.
I found myself wearing the jacket for hours without realizing it, sometimes starting out in the 20s and finishing near 60 degrees. With dual zippers adjusted at top and bottom I easily formed a chimney effect to create a comfortable operating temperature, making it perfect for mixed weather days.
At 96 grams the jacket is insanely light and fits easily into any jersey pocket so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you, or in other words it eliminates bad weather as an excuse not to ride.
Now I just need to figure out how to get one.
Maybe Mrs. Claus will bring it - she did enjoy hosing me off.
Cheers and most of all enjoy the ride. What's on your bucket list?
John is a former faux pro racer enjoying life as a geriatric cyclist in search of great bucket list rides to keep him in shape and out of trouble - well, at least in shape.
He writes about his Bucket Rides in all their variety and glory for Granfondo.com. See his pieces here