When you’re pushing on hard in technical terrain, dressing to fight cold or wet conditions can be challenging. You need to be protected from the cold wind, rain and water from the soaked trails.

You need breathability to stay comfortable as well as a light jacket that doesn’t compromise movement and end in frustration. It’s easy to see why many riders are reluctant to wear a hardshell in all but the wettest of weather.

This Rescue Active shell from Gore Bikewear is ultra-light and compact in size. Made from one of the best fabrics for high-output activity in mixed weather conditions it is a world apart from many bulky and heavily featured jackets.

Gore’s Windstopper fabric technology gives incredible performance. The breathability is just what’s needed when working hard and is as good as we have experienced with a full shell jacket. Fused seams make this jacket absolutely windproof and the water resistance is excellent; it’s not totally waterproof but the blend of this fabric’s qualities is bang on in the UK’s changeable conditions.

‘On wet but steamy trail centre loops, this Rescue shell has proved invaluable’

The Rescue shell lives up to its name – it gets you out of trouble and keeps you riding. Gore’s attention to detail and many years of experience means they know just what features to include on this minimalist shell. A full front zip gives easy ventilation; a lightweight hood is invaluable when a storm rolls in, and a small chest pocket keeps essentials easily accessible. All you need in packable shell.

We’ve turned to this jacket more than others in the last year. Whether sheltering from high mountain conditions on a photo shoots, or on wet but steamy trail centre loops, this Rescue shell has proved invaluable. No frills, just a winning combination of great design in one of the best high performance fabrics.

PRICE: £159.99



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