The Xenon is Gore Bike Wear’s ultra lightweight and stowable Windstopper jacket. So stowable in fact it comes with its own zipped pouch to stow it and is small enough to fit in all but the tiniest of pockets.
An ergonomic 3D cut keeps the jacket snug to your body and there was certainly no flapping of excess material at high speeds. A super long tail provides excellent bum coverage when leant over the bars, and the front comes up a little higher to avoid the bunching up that can sometimes occur. The arms are lined to keep your arms warm, and the elbows are pre-shaped too to avoid excess material bunching up.
Light though the Xenon may be on features like pockets and other such price hiking things, as a bare essentials minimalist shell it’s fantastic. It’s a well thought out jacket, with a high neck, elasticated hem and cuffs, with additional velcro on the cuffs, and the arms, shoulders and back are adorned in reflective material – handy for this time of year.
For an emergency layer its ideal, as you can stash it unnoticed in a jersey pocket. It doesn’t boast the levels of waterproof-ability that its Paclite siblings do, but we’ve managed to get through some considerable and extended cloud bursts and emerge still dry out the other side. Available in more subtle blue, black, red and a rather dazzingly white.