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R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket review: unparalleled performance with a price tag to match

The fully waterproof and windproof R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket has a hefty price tag but proves its worth

R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket
(Image: © Gore Wear)

Our Verdict

One of the most expensive running jackets on the market, the R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket is nevertheless the ultimate waterproof which we trust to keep us warm and dry all day long.

For

  • Fully waterproof
  • Excellent wind proofing
  • Breathable
  • Suitable for use with a running vest or bag

Against

  • Expensive
  • Only available in black

R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket: first impressions 

The shiny, jet-black R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket claims to be completely windproof and fully waterproof. Its breathable fabric doesn’t have any mesh or vents, which is one of the reasons it’s such a great windproof and waterproof outer layer, but we did wonder whether it would run hot as a result.

The R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket has an adjustable hood with a visor to keep the rain off your face, and a drawcord at the waist. There is stretchable fabric at the cuffs to keep the sleeves in place and allow easy watch usage. There is a large pocket on the back of the jacket to store your essential items. 

The jacket is made of tear-resistant fabric, fantastic for rugged trails and for use with a running vest, bg or hydration pack

Specifications

• RRP: $300 (US) / £300 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Male / Female versions
• Weight (variable by size): 5.64oz / 160g
• Colors:
Black
• Compatibility: Waterproof, windproof, breathable, all weather conditions

R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket: on the trails 

R7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Trail Hooded Jacket

The adjustable hood also has a built-in visor (Image credit: Gore Wear)

This jacket really is all singing and all dancing – and it would want to be for the price tag. Although it’s the most expensive item we reviewed for our best running jackets buying guide, it is definitely worth the outlay, especially if you’re looking for a jacket that can handle all weather conditions over long periods of time.

For longer runs (and hikes) when the weather is looking unpredictable, we grab the Gore-Tex Shakedry. It is super reliable, keeps us dry and warm, and breathes well – which is exactly what we ask of it. 

If the majority of your runs are less than an hour then we would say stick to a cheaper model but if you’re out for hours in all kinds of weather conditions then this is a very good jacket.