GORE MYTHOS 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Jacket and MYTHOS 2.0 Thermo Tights

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They Say – Best seller with top features. A versatile, soft and lightweight WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell jacket with a special double-collar and cuff construction protects against cold-gaps and comes with a variety of visibility details.

FEATURES

  • 2 front zip pockets
  • Zipper with reflective detail
  • Reflective print on back
  • Reflective print on sleeves
  • Reflective print on back
  • Reflective print on shoulders
  • Reflective insert on back
  • Hem width can be adjusted using just one hand thanks to cord stoppers in pockets
  • Fleece-lined, close fit high collar
  • Reflective logo on front and back

To discover more, please visit http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/MYTHOS-2.0-WINDSTOPPER%C2%AE-Soft-Shell-Jacket/JWSMYM,default,pd.html?dwvar_JWSMYM_color=9908&start=8&cgid=grw-men&q=mythos

GORE MYTHOS 2.0 Thermo Tights

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They Say – For extra warmth in cold conditions. The comfortable napped inner side keeps your legs warm and comfortable even in cold conditions. Many details for high visibility and high next-to-skin comfort through elastic knee area.

FEATURES

  • Zip pocket on back
  • Zipper with reflective detail
  • Tight bottom leg to be closed by long zippers
  • Reflective print on side
  • Reflective print on back
  • Reflective print on back
  • Thermo-stretch functional fabric
  • Adjustable elastic waistband with flat cord
  • Reflective logo on side

To discover more please visit http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/MYTHOS-2.0-Thermo-Tights/TMYTTM,default,pd.html?dwvar_TMYTTM_color=9900&start=2&cgid=grw-men&q=mythos&navid=search

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We Say – I’ve been using this Gore Mythos Windstopper set for the past month here in Canada, in the following conditions;

  • Temperature – Between -7 and -35 Centigrade, or 19 and -30 Fahrenheit
  • Time Spent Running Outdoors each day – Around two hours
  • Weather – Mainly snowy and windy, no rain at all
  • Distance - Between 60 and 70 miles a week

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I knew, before I came to Canada, that the winter temperatures were going to be something like they have been, so before I left the UK I prepared myself as best as I could by getting kit I could rely on. Rain isn’t a feature of winter here so what I really needed was a completely wind proof outer layer and that’s where this Gore kit came in.

I already knew from experience that Gore made excellent running and biking kit, and invest more into research to develop their products than most if not all of the other outdoor companies. I’d attended a Gore open day in 2014 when I was asked to wear a Gore windstopper glove and then had a jet of cold air sprayed onto my palm from a distance of five centimetres. I hadn’t felt a single bit of air, or cold, that day so with that in mind I figured that there was a good chance I could rely on this Mythos Windstopper outfit to help me keep outside long enough in windy, cold Canada to allow me to train properly during the winter here.

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I had planned to do at least ten miles a day as I’m training for several ultras this year so it was imperative that I be able to stay outside in temperatures as low as -35 for as long as I needed to.

When I first arrived in Canada the thought of running in -7 was intimidating but now, a month later, I’ve gotten into the groove of being outside a lot more so -7 seems pretty ideal really. Of course, my running gear has helped me adapt.

I wear four layers on top and three on the bottom. Here is a video I made showing a little of the terrain I run in, and my complete outfit for outdoors/down to -35 winter running.

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The jacket pockets are large enough to hold a bunch of keys and three or four gels, and the collar zips up all the way to the chin, which helps ensure the layer of warm air that builds up between jacket and inner layer won’t escape.

On the subject of zips, I’m particularly impressed by the large zippers that make it easy to zip up or unzip even when I’ve got two pairs of gloves on and I’m bundled up in four layers and exhausted. The zips never catch on the material, or cause any difficulty at all.

The pants have no need to be tied. There is a tie but I just knot it so it doesn’t receded through the waist holes into the lining. The waist is elasticated and never slips down, and will expand to enable me to tuck in my three layers easily.

An obvious point worth making is that the outfit is highly reflective so I have confidence that car drivers will see me when it’s a gloomy day. A fully black kit might well blend into the background on such days but this outfit most certainly won’t.

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Another point, less obvious, is that whilst I run every day, I don’t wash my clothes every day. Very few of us runners do, I imagine (it’d cost a fortune in washing powder and it’s very wasteful, unless you’ve got a family and you’re doing a load anyhow). In fact, I usually only use a washing machine every week or so. After each run I just hang my Gore outfit over the radiator (with my other, inner layers between it and the radiator itself) and within a few hours it’s dry of sweat. And it doesn’t smell much either, even after a week’s wear (maybe this is because I do put it on the radiator each day so perhaps the heat kills the bacteria?). This is important to me, I don’t want to be fussing around doing laundry every day. I’ve never had a day yet when my kit wasn’t ready to wear when it was time to run.

Often I have some points to make in a review that I feel need to be addressed by the manufacturer in order to make their product better, but with this Gore Mythos outfit there’s nothing I can add to what they’ve done. Everything works as it should do, and I can’t think of anything that might make it better.

I understand that my review isn’t based on anything scientific. Then again, I’ve never been a particularly scientific runner. I just want to be outside long enough to do what I’ve got to do and not suffer too much from the cold whilst I do so.

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With this Gore kit, I never feel the wind at all (sometimes my exposed nose, eyelashes and cheeks feel like ice but my core is absolutely fine). And when it’s warmer than -15 I’m so comfortable that I really feel like I can stay outside for longer than two hours (which I shall be doing as I build up my distances so I can do a long run at the weekends).

The outfit I’ve got is in a large size and it’s big enough so that I can fit my layers on underneath (I’m 6ft 1″, 75kg and usually take between medium and large size). And I know that as the weather gets warmer, I can just take off the under layers and still use this outfit well into the spring to fend off the fierce wind that blows in off Lake Ontario.

It’s a pricey outfit but in my opinion it’s good value. You can’t compromise on your kit if running is important to you and you’re living in an area prone to severe weather conditions. You don’t want to be looking out the window and thinking it’s too cold so you’d best stay indoors. The outfit has got me in a mindset that I don’t even bother to look at the forecast any more. I know that unless somebody starts warning me that it’s going to be -30 or so (that’s usually Lamia, or my father in law) I don’t need to even think twice about going out, as this kit will keep me warm whatever the winter can throw at me.

To discover more, please visit http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/MYTHOS-2.0-WINDSTOPPER%C2%AE-Soft-Shell-Jacket/JWSMYM,default,pd.html?dwvar_JWSMYM_color=9908&start=8&cgid=grw-men&q=mythos

or http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/MYTHOS-2.0-Thermo-Tights/TMYTTM,default,pd.html?dwvar_TMYTTM_color=9900&start=2&cgid=grw-men&q=mythos&navid=search

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