Gore 1985 Active Shakedry ultralight waterproof cycling jacket

The new Gore Active fabric is a major innovation in wind- and waterproof materials, being the first to eliminate the outer face materials and just have a single layer that’s lighter and more breathable than anything they’ve ever made before.

Cutaway graphics were presented when it launched, which show that there’s only a minimal mesh backing on the inside to keep it comfortable. Then, Gore Bike Wear became the first to use the material on a cycling jacket with their 133g Gore Active Bike jacket, which I’ve been testing and is absolutely phenomenal. They, and others, have since launched more jackets with the material.

Now, Gore’s back with the 1985, a packable lightweight, full zip jacket that’s pays homage to their first-ever cycling jacket but is ready for any adventure…

Where the Gore Active Bike jacket is extremely form fitting, perfect for roadies, the new 1985 jacket has a bit looser fit. It’s still fitted, and still cut for a cycling pose, but has a little more room to move so it could double as a hiking or running shell, too. 

A wind flap runs the full length of the zipper, and the collar uses Velcro sections to hold the flap closed…which makes it easy to flip open quickly for a little venting.

It stuffs most of the way into its own rear pocket, with an elastic loop to contain it.

Claimed weight is 116g for size Large; my size XL test sample came in at 129g. Retail is $300.



  1. Looks like a very nice ultralight waterproof jacket, but why is it only offered in black? Black is probably the last color I want to wear when biking in rainy or snowy low visibility conditions. Give me something bright so I don’t get killed by some moron texting and driving.

    • I raised this question on Road.cc not too long ago and one of the editors did say that Gore had plans to add the other colors already in their jackets to the Active lineup. Looks like the dyeing process is a challenge for them currently.

  2. Till now this material can only produced in black. Putting reflective elements on it is technically very difficult.
    So buy some other reflective stuff and good bike lights and you’ve been seen with this jacket!

  3. It’s black because that’s the colour of the membrane – whereas Goretex fabrics are typically a membrane sandwiched between two woven layers, this jacket is made from just the membrane itself. And yes, it seems that Gore is having some technical difficulty in making the membrane another colour.

  4. Hopefully Gore will solve the dyeing problems. While this looks pretty cool, I’m not interested in anything black for foul weather. Being seen is important in avoiding getting run over, and while reflective elements are nice for dark/dusk, they only help the vehicle with their lights on, and pointing at you. They don’t do much in midday downpours, and nothing for cross-traffic waiting to turn.

  5. Dark colors WITH reflectivity create the most viability through contrast at night. I hate black anything but that’s just how it is. Of course, they need to add more reflective graphics to make that matter.

    • These types of clothes are used at other times during the day when color would improve visibility while reflective bits might not be as helpful. In fact, I’d wager the overwhelming majority of users for this jacket are likely pedaling during a rainy, cloudy day, the sort of time during which reflective elements are much less effective and color is more effective.

  6. So color aside. Does anyone think that 300 for a jacket made for conditions that youre more likely to touch asphalt is a little crazy?

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