2011 Model No Longer Available
Research other out-of-stock versions:
Gore Bike Wear Phantom SO Jacket - Men's - 2011 BCS
Cycling often involves varying climates and conditions throughout a ride. Your body also experiences temperature fluctuations as you transition from climbing to descending. To say cycling jackets need to be versatile is an understatement. The Gore Bike Wear Phantom SO Jacket uses smart features like removable sleeves and Windstopper technology to keep your core protected and comfortable on early- or late-season rides.
The Windstopper soft shell fabric is a single-layer laminate that's similar to Gore-Tex, but instead of being fully waterproof, it favors wind protection and breathability. This offers excellent comfort during cool-weather, highly aerobic activities. The shell is treated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating for protection from light drizzles or road spray -- if you're looking for waterproofness, then check out jackets equipped with the Gore-Tex membrane .
Windstopper shines on cold rides when you plan on going hard and perspiring heavily. The fabric is soft against exposed arms, and quickly pulls perspiration from a baselayer and your skin. This keeps your core dry and helps the body regulate temperature so you can ride at max output without overheating or suffering from biting headwinds.
A jacket's material is one contributing factor to its ability to offer user comfort, but it's not the only one. Gore Bike Wear goes to great lengths to ensure that the fit is precise and function is intuitive and simple to use while riding. You'll find the Phantom Jacket to have a slim, performance-oriented fit to prevent flapping in the wind, but you won't find it restrictive. Gore added stretch inserts for freedom of movement, no matter where you find yourself positioned on the bicycle.
The Phantom's detachable, articulated sleeves also add to on-the-bike comfort by providing full coverage when stretched out in the drops. The best part is you can easily remove the sleeves, via a zip, and stash them in the slanted, easy-to-access side pockets. This is invaluable to offering the most versatility without adding weight, complexity, and gear to your ride (i.e. arm warmers).
Gore Bike Wear provided the Phantom SO Jacket with reflective logos and print on the front, back, sleeves, and sides for 360 degrees of low-light safety. The hem features elastic to prevent migration, and the front zip has a storm flap to lockout cold wind. It's available in Black, Black and White, Lemon, Neon Yellow, Pool Blue, Red, and White. The Phantom comes in sizes Small through XX-Large.
Talk shop with all the gear freaks out there: ask 'em questions, upload/browse photos, and give your 2¢.
December 4, 2012
I already had a great Capo thermal jacket, but I found myself getting too hot on rides that weren't freezing (or, more typically, rides that started out freezing and then warmed up as the ride/day progressed). This jacket has been PERFECT for a much wider range of temperatures. I can layer up underneath and still handle rides that are quite cold (though I still prefer the Capo thermal for the sub-30 degree rides), or I can wear it with only a jersey for rides that are cold, but not freezing.
The removable sleeves are worth the price alone! I've been using the jacket quite often on rides between the mid-30's to mid-40's to protect against the windchill of riding 17+ mph, then dropping the sleeves when I hit a 30+ minute climb where my body temp rises and the speed drops. The sleeves go back on at the top and I'm ready for a cold descent at 30+ mph.
So worth the money.
November 5, 2012
I am extremely happy with the jacket, and I am glad that I bought this jacket. The looks are definitely deceiving - I was surprised by the ability of the jacket to ward of cold and keep the heat in during my ride on October 14, 2012 in support of the Law Enforcement community in Maryland. The 54 mile ride started at 7:30 AM at the National Harbor, through the hills in Maryland and back; it was a chilly and fairly windy morning, but I didn't feel any bit of it - Thanks to the jacket. I plan to continue my bike rides through winter now that I have the jacket!! :)) I would recommend to anyone who is planning to purchase a riding jacket to get one of this.
April 4, 2012
I love this jacket. The 2 zippers on each sleeve makes it possible to take the sleeves off without taking off the jacket. A brilliant design. And the Windstopper material really works well. It's great to be able to take off the sleeves and have a nice jersey.
My only complaints are that the windstopper runs the full length of the sleeve but only on the outside. It splits the sleeve right down the middle. So you feel cold air coming into the inside of the sleeve. Also, the reflective material is on the inside of the sleeves, not really visible from behind or from the side. If these 2 things could be corrected this would be the perfect jacket/jersey. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars right now.