Review: Gore Torrent Men’s Jacket

Review: Gore Torrent Men’s Jacket

The Gore Torrent Men’s Jacket is designed for riding in bad weather and delivers in all respects, if you’re looking for a form-fitting, windproof and highly packable model with some great features. However, while there are plenty of possibilities, carefully review the size chart as the fit is snug.

It is a three-layer model, made of 100% polyamide and considered the lightest jacket in its range; our medium weighs 190g and the size large would weigh only 15g more.

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It has taped seams, a semi-elasticated hem and a high collar lined with fine pile fleece. The cuffs slide over the gloves for good overlap and the long zipper tabs mean it’s easy to put on or even take off winter gloves.

Subtle retro-reflective details around the sleeves add extra presence, and I was delighted to discover a generous back zip pocket.


Sizing

Now, the size guide is something you really need to pay close attention to. I was rather excited by the medium’s offer and seeing as it seems to be my default these days, I forgot about it. But when Gore says pay attention to the guide — there’s a red note on their site about the new sizing — they’re not kidding.


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Obviously it’s designed to be snug and contoured, but I was a little disturbed to find it particularly snug around the chest. Luckily the fabric has plenty of stretch and I had no problem fitting a mid-weight winter jersey or long-sleeve winter base underneath, and I always found plenty of length in the sleeves and around the back.


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During this time, there was no trace of lost energy, stealing conversation, but no sense of constriction either, leaving me to focus on the ride.

Waterproofing

I’ve worn it through several hours of steady winter rain with no sign of it slipping through the fleece-lined collar or anywhere else, and it all blocks icy blasts as well.


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The water visibly beads up and rolls off. The zippers are also easy to use in the gloves, and the back waist access pocket is especially handy.


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This pocket is sensibly proportioned and will handle larger mini pumps, tubes, snacks, etc. It also doesn’t bunch up at the back or coax out the pockets of smartphones and compact cameras, which has been the case with some similar models.

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Although this is primarily road wear, I’ve walked through winding forest trails and bridleways without thinking about it, and the inevitable banging from passing foliage made no impression on the fabric.


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On the road, no matter what base layer I paired it with, it was very effective at managing moisture and I never felt clammy at a consistent 18-20 mph at low speeds. air temperatures between 14 and 4 ° C.

Assess

£229.99 is a serious investment, although there are still (if not by many) more expensive options. The 7Mesh Gold Jacket is lighter at 93g and easier to pack, but costs £250, for example – although that’s only increased by a pound since we tested it in 2017. It also has a pocket and a “pass-through” vent to access jersey pockets.

I have had good experiences with 7Mesh Cypress Hybrid Jacket, which is £175 and another comfortable model with excellent defense against wind, rain and cold. However, the specification is not as high and the silicone gripper is not as tenacious.

If you don’t like that highly visible “fireball” red, there are navy and black versions instead.

Summary

I was really impressed with the performance of the Gore Torrent and, although expensive, it’s an investment that should pay for itself in happy, comfortable miles. Check the charts first, though – Gore’s new sizing is accurate, but not necessarily what you might generally expect.

Verdict

Very protective top quality jacket with a nice slim fit without flaps – as it should be for the price…

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Brand and model : Men’s Gore Torrent Jacket

Tell us what the jacket is for and who it is for. What are the builders saying? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Gore says “Designed for cycling in adverse weather conditions with cuffs designed to fit over gloves preventing water infiltration at the sleeve and a hem that fits snugly without the need for adjustment. ”

Tell us a bit more about the technical aspects of the jacket?

GORE-TEX Active product: lightweight, extremely breathable, durably waterproof and windproof

Weight 205 grams (Size  30

Close-fitting, fleece-lined stand-up collar

Partially elastic gripper at the hem

Front zip with logo transfer

Zipped storage pocket on the back

Reflective details

fitted cut

Rate the jacket for build quality:

9/10

Very well made and feels built to last.

Rate the jacket for its performance:

9/10

I noticed ours only in the most positive sense.

Rate the jacket for durability:

9/10

A slim but sturdy build means it should repay your investment.

Rate the waterproofness of the jacket based on the manufacturer’s rating:

9/10

Excellent even in prolonged downpours.

Rate the breathability of the jacket based on the manufacturer’s rating:

9/10

Wicks away moisture very effectively.

Evaluate the fit of the jacket:

9/10

Ideal for fast road driving.

Rate jacket for size:

8/10

Rate the jacket by weight:

8/10

Rate the jacket for comfort:

9/10

Seals out the elements very well, but breathes with similar efficiency.

Rate the jacket for its value:

5/10

A big investment, but the performance and construction are top notch.

Is the jacket easy to maintain? How did it react to the wash?

Very simple, just stick to 30 degrees.

Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used as intended

All in all, the Gore Torrent lived up to its name and even the hype. Despite the sizing gaffe on my part, it fits perfectly and offers excellent defense against the elements. Breathability is also good. Unlike some, the clamp keeps it firmly in place and it also folds up very compactly, should you wish to take it along just in case. The rear side entry pocket is thoughtfully proportioned and easily accessible mid-ride.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket

Almost the whole package.

Tell us what you particularly hated about the jacket

Nothing really.

How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?

£220 is a serious investment, although there are still more expensive options. The 7Mesh ORO Jacket is lighter at 93g and easier to pack but £250, say – although that’s only a pound heavier since we tested it in 2017. It also has a pocket and a “pass-through” vent to access the jersey pockets.

I’ve had good experiences with the 7Mesh Cypress Hybrid Jacket, which costs £175, and another comfortable model that offers excellent defense against wind, rain and cold. However, the specification is not as high and the silicone gripper is not as tenacious.

Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes

Would you consider buying the jacket? Yes

Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It’s a great jacket that delivers in every way.

Age: 48 Height: 1m 81cm Lester: 70kg

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer based on the Univega 4130 mtb frame My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross and traditional route

I have been riding since: Over 20 years I ride: most days I would classify myself as: Experimented

I regularly practice the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain bike,