Lightweight, perfectly shaped and excellent waterproofing
The hooded Gore Power Trail jacket has a tighter fit than most mountain bike trail riding jackets. It’s cut from three-layer Active shell.
Active Shell is the most breathable waterproof fabric in Gore-Tex’s range, which is also windproof and relatively thick and durable to resist scuffing and snagging.
Gore Power Trail Jacket review
The well-tailored cut is the middle option in Gore’s three shapes and feels a tad clingy stood up, but fits perfectly and is totally unrestrictive leaning forward while riding. The outer shell shadows the body nicely on the torso, sleeves and shoulders with no bunching up and flapping around and there’s a useful chest pocket that fits a phone inside. The interior is fully tape seamed and the overall quality of the fabric, fasteners and zips is excellent.
The Active fabric really defends against the worst moisture and persistent rain and the jacket still beads nicely even after months of muddy use. It’s breathable enough to keep body temperature well regulated, most of the time, but on extended hard efforts on muggy days the inside of the sleeves, armpits and upper back get steamy, and the Gore runs a bit hotter than the Ion Shelter or the Endura MT500 I often wear.
Since the fabric is a little stiff and crinkly, it’s also not quite as stretchy and flexible as some rivals either. These two observations are just about the only possible negatives though, as this a solid, well-designed jacket that’s a really waterproof shield and has proven tough and durable.
Gore’s Power Trail jacket is a lightweight and perfectly shaped with excellent waterproofing. It’s proven durable and well made, and still working well after multiple hose downs. Temperatures can rise quickly inside working hard though and the crinkly, stiff fabric isn’t quite as free-moving as some; two things that keep the power Trail from top marks.