Price US $290

Volcom L Gore-Tex 2017 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride

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The Volcom L Gore-Tex Jacket gives you Gore-Tex at a very reasonable price. It doesn’t have all the tech, like no waterproof front zipper, but it does give you a Gore-Tex shell at under $300 which is very unique.

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 200 lbs
Chest: 45”
Upper Chest: 47”
Neck: 16″
Torso Length (collar bone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width (widest point of shoulders) 22”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”

Helmet: Smith Vantage

Goggles: Smith IO




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2016 Volcom L Gore-Tex Jacket

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 192 lbs
Chest: 44”
Neck: 16″
Torso Length (collar bone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width (widest point of shoulders) 22”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”

Helmet: Smith Vantage

Goggles: Smith IO7

2015 Volcom L Gore-Tex Jacket Review

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 195 lbs,
Chest 44”
Torso Length (collar bone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width (widest point of shoulders) 22”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”
Turn On’s: Size L Jackets that fit well around my chest, Riding with Friends, Open Roads, new gear and my wife.
Turn Off’s: Size Jackets that don’t fit well around my chest, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.

Size Tried: Large

Fit: So based on my specs above this jacket fits loose for a size L but it drapes well over me without looking baggy. When I’m not layered up the fit still looks good and when layers are added it fills out nicely without looking like Ralphie’s little brother from X-Mas Story. This is a good fit that works well

Construction: So even though this is low price point Gore-Tex it doesn’t mean that it’s a crappy jacket. First off Volcom makes good jackets and pans. Second off when you work with Gore-Tex you sign off on building the jacket to certain specs. Yeah it has a flap instead of a sealed waterproof zipper and stuff like that but those are the little things you deal with for Gore-Tex at this price point. Overall this jacket has solid construction for the price and it will last a long time.

Insulation/Warmth: Pretty much none. This is made to block weather so it’s all about layering up for the temps you will encounter. The fit can accommodate even a super thick puff so you can be warm underneath in balls cold weather but still have solid wind blocking with the Shell.

Waterproofing: So we aren’t really sure on how a Gore-Tex Laminate compares to a Membrane but the Volcom L-Gore has a laminate. Gore-Tex comes with certain guarantees so it should keep you dry for a while. Most Gore-Tex is over 20k for waterproofing so this should be the same and it repels water very well.

Breathability: Most entry level Gore-Tex Membranes on average offer up 17,000 to 25,000 breathability so this should be the same.

So all in all it’s nice to have Gore-Tex hanging on the jacket and it’s a well built waterproof jacket for the price. For me it’s a great mountain/resort riders shell for those that like to ride from top to bottom, see a good amount of varying weather conditions and like to make some slackcountry hikes on powder days.

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Type

Shell

Waterproofing

Gore-Tex

Insulation Type

None

Insulation Fill

None

Liner Type

Mesh

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

2 Meshed Pit Zips

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Vietnam

Fit

Normal

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Great

Warmth

Poor