Pro laminate goretex???? Is it worth it?
I've been looking for a new waterproof jacket and noticed the really expensive ones are all pro laminate. What is it, is it worth it and do you recommend it?
Hi, Pro Laminate Gore-Tex means the outer material of your jacket is waterproof. So, normally you get a Gore-Tex liner inside a motorcycle jacket. This liner is thin and light and you can unzip it and remove it in hotter climates. But with Pro Laminate, the actual outer material is waterproof so rain just hits it and runs away like water off a duck's back. Because the entire outer is waterproof this makes it more expensive, and heavier and less breathable. You'll find 90% of these types of jackets have no vents. The plus side to it though is that your jacket won't become sodden like if the liner was inside and will dry out in no time. It's also going to be far more waterproof.
So you've got a balance here. If you're continuously riding in cold and wet weather and want the best then stretch and go for Pro. If it's every so often and just when you're caught out then go for a waterproof liner. If you want to save money then go for the liner option and just use a cheap waterproof throwover.
Here's some guides on jackets you might find helpful.
Hope this has helped! Cheers,
thanks very much for the detailed reply. I think that settles it for me, it's probably makes most sense to go for a touring jacket in my circumstances. What would you say is the bees knees of pro laminate? Something that's properly good in the wet and cold?
@jumanjibiker the bees knees! Good question. I would say the Rukka Aramaxis was the best, but it's now been discontinued. Here's my review of it in case you wanted to find one online Rukka Aramaxis Review.
The Rukka Nivala is its replacement. The price tag will make your eyes water, but it's probably one of the very best pro laminate Gore-Tex jackets out there.
Following on from this thread, we've just published a new guide The Ultimate Winter Motorcycle Riding Gear Guide that you might find helpful if you're still deciding on your kit.