This past Thursday morning, there was a chance of rain. Natalie, Mark, and I met at 5:30 AM and began our 10-mile run with our headlamps cutting through a light mist along the dark and chilly Chester Valley Trail. That chance of rain reached 100% during the last two miles of our run, and it came down hard.
I was glad I had worn my Gore Running Wear® Mythos 2.0 Gore-Tex® Active Jacket over my X-Running Zip Shirt Long® and X-Running 2.0 Shorts® as the skies opened up during those final miles. This combination of Gore Running Wear® products from the Mythos and X-Running collections was perfect for the weather conditions.
After the run I sat in my car nice and dry. This was a big difference from my normal cold, wet, clammy, ride home after running in the rain. You can see the rain outside the window in the picture below. Aside from a few nicely beaded droplets on my shoulder, I don’t look very wet do I?
Since my visit to W. L. Gore plants in Delaware and Maryland last month with fellow run bloggers Jason and Kate (http://therunningjones.com/?p=255), I’ve been running in Gore Running Wear® every day I go out for a run, which is usually five days per week.
Gore provided the Gore Running Wear® products for us to try out as we train for the Gore-Tex® Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon as members of Team Gore-Tex® and Team Gore Running Wear®. I like Gore Running Wear® so much, it has become my new running wardrobe.
During our plant visit, Gore Associate Cindy demonstrated the design features and fabrics used in the various Gore Running Wear® collections. Later in the day, Gore Associate Louise gave us a first-hand tour of Gore’s rain room, a test facility that delivers up to 22″ of rain per hour to test the waterproof performance of Gore products. We suited up in our Gore-Tex® and went into the rain room where we stayed dry under a 3″ per hour downpour:
All Gore Running Wear® products go through a rigorous testing process that includes controlled tests like the rain room as well as extensive testing by actual users out in the real world.
My Mythos 2.0 Gore-Tex® Active Jacket performed as advertised: breathable and waterproof, and with so many reflective details Mark said he needed sunglasses as the beam from his headlamp reflected off my jacket. The Mythos collection is designed for the ambitious urban runner and the Mythos high-visibility reflective features are exactly what every urban runner needs for early-morning high-traffic road crossings in the dark, of which there are many on the Chester Valley Trail in the pre-dawn hours.
The X-Running Zip Shirt Long® and X-Running 2.0 Shorts® were extremely comfortable and both felt like a very sheer second skin. The tights inside the shorts provide compression and there is a great zipper pocket on the back of the shorts that was a perfect fit for my iPhone.
That’s been a common theme with all the Gore Running Wear® products – plenty of storage and pockets. I have not needed my trusty waist belt since switching to the Gore products. There are pockets for keys, phones, energy packs, and plenty of other stuff. The picture below shows the zipper pocket where I stashed my iPhone.
There is also a lot of attention to detail. The seams are strong but seemingly seamless and the zippers are high-quality and low-profile. There are “zipper garages” to house the zippers under a fabric flap and zippers are never “stacked.” What this means is that you don’t notice that there are any zippers at all.
The best feature for me is that the Gore Running Wear® products I’ve tried so far have been light and breathable and remain dry under conditions where other technical fabrics would get saturated with sweat. I was surprised that many of the items in the Gore Running Wear® catalog can be used all year long under all weather conditions.
The Mythos 2.0 Gore-Tex® Active Jacket is super light and will be my go-to rain jacket for all seasons. The Gore-Tex® Active fabric technology is designed for extreme breathability in highly aerobic activities and can be found in the Mythos, Air, Essential, and X-Running collections.
Look for more posts on the other Gore Running Wear® products as I continue to train for the Gore-Tex® Philadelphia Half Marathon on 23 November.