Colour is the New Black with the Gore Shakedry Collection

published by bktr on 17/02/2018 11:33:00

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With the introduction of the Gore One Active Shakedry in 2015, the geniuses behind Gore-Tex achieved the seemingly impossible by producing a cycling jacket that was not only extremely waterproof and breathable, but also ultra packable, and unbelievably easy to care for, with no need for reproofing or a special detergent.

The only real drawback to this wonder garment was the colour, or rather, lack of it. Unfortunately the sophisticated single layer fabric could only be manufactured in black, which certainly isn’t the colour of choice for safety-conscious cyclists, and even the large reflective logos did little to convince some that they weren’t donning an invisibility cloak.

Aware of the limitations, and determined to come up with a way to inject a bit of colour into the monochrome jacket, Gore’s fabric engineers spent two years researching and testing ways to overcome the problem, with the result being the newly launched Gore-Tex Shakedry Colour range.

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Before you get too excited, the new jackets aren’t going to see you blend in with a Mardi Gras parade. Although they’ve managed to alter the base colour of the fabric, the new variants, “Lava Grey” and “Storm Blue” aren’t a huge departure from the original black. While the new colours do offer a refreshing change, they’re still far from high viz. To address this, panels of brightly coloured face fabric have been added to the sleeves and tail of certain models. Although this does compromise the waterproofing and breathability slightly in these areas, the general consensus is that it’s worth it for the increased visibility. And if you do place a greater importance on optimal performance and packability, there are still models without the hi viz panels.

Gore recently renamed all of its garments using ‘C’ or ‘R’ to differentiate between their cycling and running ranges, and a number to indicate where in the range it sits, with higher numbers denoting the most technical.

The ‘C7 Gore-Tex Shakedry jacket’ is made exclusively from Shakedry fabric, has a race fit and comes in both black and grey. The more relaxed C5 1985 fit now comes in blue as well as black, and the ‘Viz’ version comes in either black with neon yellow panels, or grey with red panels.

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The women’s collection now features the ‘C7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Viz jacket’, which has a slim racing fit and comes in black with neon yellow panels, or blue with ‘lumi orange’ panels.

The Gore-Tex Shakedry Colour range is now in stock at our Ings store, so come along and get your hands on the most advanced cycling waterproof on the market, now with added colour!

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