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.