Many road jerseys present you with a choice for long rides: load the pockets of your jersey up until they sag like 10 year old spandex, or be forced to run a saddle bag (gasp!). A few jersey manufacturers have looked at ways of improving the support of the rear pockets of a jersey, but few seem to rethink the pocket system like Gore’s new Oxygen SO jersey.
See how Gore plans to manage your junk in the trunk after the break.
The key to the Oxygen SO’s load supporting nature is essentially a harness system built into the jersey. Most of the white sections of the new jersey are interconnected, providing the necessary lift for all your gear on a 4h+ ride. Making the jersey even more appealing is the addition of a stretchable Windstopper soft shell in key areas for a jersey that is great for warm weather, but also for cooler and variable conditions that you find late in the season.
On the bottom half, Gore was displaying their new Xenon Bibs which feature a new Cytec Chamois. The chamois uses 3 different densities of foam and claims to dissipate road vibration force with horizontally reducing deflection and counteracting foam. Basically improved foam technology results in a more comfortable ride.
Elsewhere on the bib you find laser cut webbing shoulder straps for less pinch and pull, a stretch mesh panel on the front for breathability, coldblack fabric, and an improved stretch hem on the legs to grip without being uncomfortable. Xenon is specifically geared towards race oriented riders who are putting in 5h+ rides in varying conditions.