Specialized used Gore’s Windstopper fabric for this piece and it held up as expected, living up to the excellence these two brands are known for. It was as good as any in the test against gentle, steady rain, but riders did feel some general dampness after going through heavier more prolonged downpours.
Gore’s Windstopper Active Shell provided good body temperature management on cold mornings and on descents, even when temperatures dipped, where other jackets in the test started to show weakness. The jacket did well as a shell with inner-layers in temperatures approaching freezing.
The Deflect H20 offers more pockets than any jacket in the test, which was welcomed by riders. The two side venting pockets as well as the front and rear waterproof pockets were intuitively placed with easy access. All zippers have long pulls tabs, which came in handy for gloved hands.
Blend: 100% Polyester woven twill with a 2.5 charcoal membrane.