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Though the Gorewear Everyday Jacket is a cycling-specific design, it easily doubles as a useful off-bike layer for inclement conditions. It's modest in its aims but the execution is good, thanks in part to Gorewear's Windstopper material which provides some rain resistance. I was impressed with its performance during soggy October commutes, with the materials encouraging light showers to brush off, while blocking wind effectively.
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I was very taken with the Everyday Jacket, which lives up to its name well. It's pretty much the perfect garment for my 40-minute commute across London, which, depressingly frequently, features a couple of showers. The Everyday is loose enough in a size large (on 6ft 2in me) to allow for a T-shirt and a jumper underneath, though the breathability was only able to keep me at a pleasant temperature on my commute if I restricted myself to one layer underneath it.
The cuffs are half elasticated, which helps when pulling it on and off with a variety of underlayers.
I'm always a fan of the double-ended zip, and it's a welcome feature here, complementing the decent overall breathability of the jacket's material. By the end of pretty much every ride, I pulled up the bottom zip a few inches to give me some additional breeze on the midriff.
Gorewear uses its Windstopper material on the arms and front panels, with a stretchier material making up the rest of the garment. Gorewear claims that this three-layered material is "totally windproof" and "reliably breathable', achieved via a membrane sandwiched between two layers of textile. I'm not sure I'd stretch to "totally", but it was more than enough for my requirements and my front profile felt very well protected from cold winds.
Further to this, the material, the seams, and the inside all feel really strong and well made, which is what you would hope for from a premium jacket like this.
Rain or shine, I wore the jacket as temperatures occasionally flirted with wintry sub-10 levels, and I was pleased with the performance. Breathability with these kinds of materials is my main concern – because there's no point in being protected from wind and (some) rain if you end up drenched in sweat anyway. Wearing one layer underneath the jacket on all but the coldest days ensured a good temperature when riding. If just walking around in day-to-day life, I added another layer to keep out autumnal chill.
As well as using the double-ended zipper, you can also open the chest pockets slightly, as these allow a breeze into the chest too.
The pockets are smartly designed, and alongside the loose fit really separate this from thoroughbred road bike apparel. They run on the diagonal from the upper chest down towards the hem, and you can fit absolutely loads in there. I even comfortably housed a pint of milk in there on one trip home. That's at the slightly more extreme end of luggage carrying, but for ordinary items like a phone, wallet, keys or snacks, the pocket sits quite high – above the waistband – so items hang slightly forward but aren't a notable obstacle when riding. Apart from the milk, of course.
The elasticated drawstrings that hang on each side of the body allow you to tighten and loosen the bottom hem where it overlaps your bibs or trousers. They don't look particularly sleek but add to your ability to create a tight fit and keep any road spray out.
Also adding to its practicality is a little loop on the collar, so often forgotten but much appreciated when you need to hang the jacket up.
My only real criticism of the jacket is that, unless you choose Neon Yellow or Fireball, its minimal reflective detailing won't noticeably improve your visibility. For an all-black jacket designed for being worn on busy roads it could really do with more.
There are cheaper jackets out there that offer very similar performance benefits but don't really cater to the same off-bike and more casual market.
The Galibier Tourmalet 4, for example, is not only around half the price (£83.22) but both waterproof and breathable. Stu didn't have a bad word to say. But it's really not in direct competition with the Everyday jacket, which has a looser fit, designed for wearing both on and off the bike.
Around the same price, the Chapeau City Jacket provides very good competition for the Gorewear jacket. Its RRP is now £149.99, though it's currently available for less than half that. It's both waterproof and windproof and is designed for commuting and real-world usage, typified by the hood and multiple pockets. Apart from being a bit stuffy, Hollis couldn't find any drawbacks.
Another similar option is the Pearson Streets Ahead Waterproof Commuter Jacket, though we haven't reviewed it. It's also a tenner less at £149, but you supposedly get proper waterproofing and breathability.
You can pay a lot more, though: at the other end of the scale, containing full-on waterproof Gore-Tex, is the 7mesh Copilot Jacket, which costs £300. It mirrors the looser fit of the Everyday Jacket but Hollis wasn't convinced on the execution by 7mesh.
This well-designed jacket does the simple things right and is elevated by the strong performance of the Windstopper material, which does what the name says and stops the worst of the wind, as well as being breathable. The fit was perfect for my commuting, and so long as I flexed my underlayers it was adaptable to a range of temperatures, and it kept out the rain for long enough. In an ideal world, I would like some more reflective detailing, but that's a small comment on a jacket that can be worn in a large range of scenarios, which helps justify the price.
A high utility on and off-bike jacket that looks good and has you covered for all but the worst weather
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Gorewear Everyday Jacket Mens
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the jacket is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"A versatile jacket for everyday - on or off the bike.
The goal was to develop a jacket with a regular fit, windproof front and enough storage to make it suitable for all cycling activities and everyday life."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?
WINDSTOPPER® GARMENTS BY GORE-TEX LABS
ZIPPERED FRONT POCKETS
WINDSTOPPER® material on the front and sleeves provides protection from wind and light rain, while the highly breathable and quick-drying stretch material on the back ensures freedom of movement.
The regular fit ensures versatile usability and provides enough space for layering.
The two zippered front pockets are positioned to be easily accessible despite a backpack waist belt or hip bag. This ensures quick and easy access to your phone, wallet, or energy bar.
Made with recycled content
Highly breathable, quick-drying materials
Partially windproof and water-resistant
2-way front zipper
Adjustable hem with drawcord
Reflective details on sleeves, back and chest
SHELL: FACE: 100% Polyester (recycled) BACKER: 100% Polyester BACK PANEL: 100% Polyester LINING: 56% Polyester (recycled), 44% Polyester
Pretty much flawless as far as I can see. Thoughtful, simple and well-executed details.
Does what it sets out to. The windproofing is very good, especially for such a thin material, and there is sufficient waterproofing to keep you out on the road in showers. Breathability is also good.
All good so far. Sturdy and resilient to date.
Doesn't purport to be waterproof, but it brushed off even some pretty persistent showers while I was on the move. And Gore's quick-drying claims stand up to scrutiny, with the material never remaining wet for long once the rain had stopped.
As ever, your underlayers need to be well selected, but there is no boil-in-the-bag effect here. Plus that double-ended zipper can help with any stuffiness if necessary.
I'm a big fan of its looser, real-world fit without straying into baggy territory. You can wear a couple of layers underneath as the sleeves have some room too. The drawstrings at the waist can be adjusted to your preference.
No issues whatsoever here. A size large fitted as expected. The body is a good length, and the sleeves come past the wrists so they can tuck into gloves if that's your preference. Do remember that this is not meant to be a slim roadie item: clearly a commuter/school run vibe going on here.
At 315g it's 45g heavier than the Chapeau City Jacket mentioned in the review, and 54g more than the 7mesh, but it's still a pretty lightweight item. The Van Rysel jacket I tested last month weighs 750g so it's featherweight next to that.
Super comfortable. Nice materials that aren't overtly soft but are high quality and feel good to the touch. The half-elasticated wrists are particularly pleasing.
There are cheaper jackets out there that offer very similar performance benefits but don't really cater to the same off-bike and more casual market, such as the Galibier Tourmalet 4.
In a more similar bracket, Chapeau!'s City Jacket and Pearson's Streets Ahead Waterproof Commuter Jacket (which we haven't reviewed) are both a tenner cheaper, and you supposedly get proper waterproofing and breathability.
How easy is the jacket to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
All of the care instructions were easy to follow. I noticed no depreciation in performance after washing, though I tended to just wash it in the shower with warm water rather than subject it to any washing liquids.
Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's not often that I wear a technical cycling item every day, but I've rarely taken this jacket off in the past month. It's subtly stylish, feels really good, and has me covered for all of my commutes – especially when I'm expecting to get rained on. The breathability is decent but you need to be mindful of how you layer underneath.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket
I liked the fit and the simple design. The pockets are very practical and the weatherproofing sufficient for my requirements.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket
I would really appreciate some more reflective detailing on an all-black jacket designed for being worn on busy roads.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market including ones recently tested on road.cc?
At – or even below – this price, there are jackets that will give you proper waterproofing in addition to the features offered by the Gorewear Everyday. However, you are still getting an excellently designed product that, while not being fully waterproof, does perform and feel like a premium garment.
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
A thoroughly useful piece of kit that doesn't fall short or wildly excel in any area, but is just very good.
About the tester
I usually ride: Pearson Hammerandtongs My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Ultra endurance