Gore are the master of building garments to maximise the potential of their own fabrics, and in the case of a lightweight waterproof jacket for high activity that means minimising the feature list to promote breathability. The Power Trail is made from Gore-Tex Active, a high end fabric optimised for breathability, and sports a minimum of pockets, seams and clutter.
It doesn't take long to realise this is all you really need in a waterproof jacket, and we are impressed with it straight out the blocks. The adjustable cuffs, hem and collar are all spot on for comfort, with the collar particularly having a little nod to luxury in the form of a fleece lining. Opened wide they all allow good airflow when conditions get warmer, helping with moisture removal.
Of course it is completely waterproof, but it is the breathability that makes the Power Trail stand out. Even hard training rides through grim conditions rarely result in more than just some slight dampening inside, noticeably better than many other 'breathable' garments we have tried in the past.
The hood is a welcome addition, but frustratingly not quite big enough to pull over our trail helmets. Not a deal breaker, but if the conditions are bad enough to warrant a hood up, we really don't want to have to take our helmets off if possible.
It is a pricey jacket, but you are paying for a great fit, light weight, small pack size, demonstrably superior fabric performance and a quality of construction that should last and last.