Gore Bike Wear ALP-X Pro 2-in-1 Shorts+
They SayÂ -Â These innovative shorts with extremely light upper material combine the function of a race-oriented bib-shorts with the appearance of a MTB short. The slim, aerodynamic cut prevents from snagging the saddle. Splash guard for trails.
- Side mesh pocket
- Full mesh bib construction for optimum ventilation
- ALP-X PRO MEN seat insert
- Radio pocket at back
- Shorts attached to bib-tights
- Highly functional material mix
- Mesh inserts in front and back for ventilation
- Abrasion resistant material at inside leg and saddle area
- Reflective logo on side
- Reflective logo on back
- INNER PANTS: 79% POLYAMIDE, 21% ELASTANE,
- OUTER PANTS: 86% POLYESTER, 14% ELASTANE
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Gore Bike WearÂ ALP-X PRO WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell Zip-Off Jersey
They SayÂ -Â Jacket and shirt in one. This jersey is perfectly engineered for bike marathons and training. The stretchable WINDSTOPPERÂ® Soft Shell fabric and the removable sleeves provide comfort and versatility in a wide temperature range.
- Napoleon pocket with zip
- Reinforced hem for easier closure of the zipper
- Off-centreÂ zip
- Friction-free ultrasonic seams at sleeves
- Sleeves with broad cuff
- GrippyÂ insert at the back hem
- Highly functional material mix
- 2 side pockets on back
- Reflective print on shoulders
- Ergonomically shaped collar
- Additional short sleeves
- Detachable raglan sleeves
- Back pocket with reflective zip
- SHELL OUTSIDE: 87% POLYESTER, 13% ELASTANE, WINDSTOPPERÂ®MEMBRANE,
- SHELL INSIDE: 100% POLYESTER, STRETCH FABRIC: 85% POLYAMIDE, 15% ELASTANE
We SayÂ â€“Â Iâ€™veÂ been using thisÂ Gore ALP-X PRO WINDSTOPPERÂ kit for the last 3 months over a variety of activities includingÂ spin classes, mountain biking, road cycling and during cycleÂ sportives.
Now Iâ€™ll admit Iâ€™m a runnerÂ at heartÂ soÂ in the pastÂ myÂ cycleÂ kit hasÂ consistedÂ ofÂ running gearÂ and Iâ€™ve only tended to venture out on my bikeÂ on days with favourableÂ weather (fair-weather cyclist, IÂ believeÂ they call us?).
In 2015 though Iâ€™ve decided to enter a number of triathlons so it was time to step up to the mark with my cycling, butÂ as IÂ arrived for a firstÂ trainingÂ session with my triathlon club ‘Havering Tri’ it was obvious my botched up outfit – consisting of running shorts overÂ paddedÂ cycling shorts and a windproof running jacket over a cheap cycling jersey – wasnâ€™t going to be up for the job; it was time to get some decent cycling gearâ€¦
With this in mind I decided to give Goreâ€™s ALP-X Pro range a try.Â Technically this kit isÂ marketed as Mountain Bike gear, however as someone new to road cycling I still didnâ€™t quite feel confident enough to venture out in head-to-toe Lycra so I felt that this range, and particularly the bib-shorts with built-in outer shorts, gave me a way of wearing race-specific kit without feeling every lump and bump of my body was on show to the world!
I was also interested to try out a pair of bib-shorts for the first time as Iâ€™d only ever worn standardÂ paddedÂ cycling shorts in the past, but Iâ€™d heard how serious cyclists tended to opt for bib-shorts for a number of reasons (no waistband to cause frictionâ€¦ helps the chamois pad to stay in placeâ€¦ a more comfortable fit overall) so this would be an entirely new experience for me which wouldÂ hopefullyÂ make my ride much more enjoyable!
Now because ofÂ my â€˜fair-weather cyclistâ€™ hang-ups Iâ€™d chosen to avoid cycling while it was still freezing outside, so my first chance to test the bib-shorts came during spin training sessions with my tri club. For anyone who hasnâ€™t heard of spin the premise is simple â€“ you jump onÂ a specially modified exercise bikeÂ which features aÂ huge heavy wheel on the frontÂ along with a nasty little dial which addsÂ moreÂ resistance to the wheelÂ as you turn it up. You thenÂ pedal as fast as you canÂ for 45 minutesÂ whileÂ someoneÂ at the front of the roomÂ yellsÂ at you â€˜FASTER!Â MORE RESISTANCE!Â FASTER!Â TURN IT UP!!!â€™Â These types of session promise â€˜super-strong legs and increased cycling staminaâ€™ butÂ in the past theyâ€™d also left me with an incrediblyÂ sore backsideÂ due to the shape of the saddle,Â soÂ I was really pleased to find the different style of padding used on these bib-shorts resulted in hardly any saddle soreness and as Iâ€™d hoped, the bib-short shoulder-straps meant that despite constant shoutsÂ ofÂ â€˜UP OUT OF YOUR SADDLE!â€™Â andÂ â€˜LEAN FORWARDS FOR A SPRINT!â€™, my kit had stayed in placeÂ throughout the entire sessionÂ resulting in a comfortable ride.Â Full marks so far!
My first real use of the Gore ALP-X PROÂ WindstopperÂ jacket came during a 45 mile cycle through the Essex country lanes.Â Although we were cycling in MarchÂ and I was finally venturing outside,Â the sun hadn’t quite arrived yet and the temperate wasÂ a briskÂ 9 degrees.Â I’d decided to layer up for this ride so as well as the jacket I was wearing a compression base layer and cycle jersey, and I have to say that not once did I feel a chill and I even found myself feeling very warmÂ at one point and wondering if I should attempt to remove the jacket sleeves!
As for the wind-stopping abilities, there was a bit of a breeze kicking up during a few of the lanes but this didn’t seem to affect me although that may have been because the jacket was a very close fit on me – I’d definitely chosen well with the sizing, it was perfect.
The chest pocket also worked well to hold my energy chews giving me easy access when we stopped for a break and saving me the grief of digging around under the back of the jacket to retrieve supplies from the back pockets of my jersey!Â It’s also worth mentioning that the slightly longer back held tight to my cycling jersey and felt comfortable throughout the entire ride with none of the flapping you might expect from a cheaper jacket.
I made use of the kit again during a number of training sessions over the following few weeks, but the first intensiveÂ kitÂ test came duringÂ Human Raceâ€™s London Cycle Sportive.Â Iâ€˜d chosen the mid-distance of 104km for this event and the weather report promised clear skies and highs of 17 degrees Celsius, but as I arrived at Dulwich Park where the event was due to start it was bloody freezing, so I was glad Iâ€™d chosen toÂ bring the jacket along with me!
As the ride started and we left Dulwich ParkÂ the air was freezing (cold air + wind-chill factorÂ = a definite requirement for a decent cycling jacket!) but thank-fully the jacketâ€™sÂ WindstopperÂ features meant that whilst my face was feeling as cold as ice, my body still felt toasty warm.
As the miles flew by andÂ we passed through the beautiful country lanes of Surrey, the morning gradually grew warmer and before long I found I didnâ€™t need to wear the jacket anymore.Â Now one of the great features about this jacket is the fact you can un-zip the sleeves and place them in your back pocket so youâ€™re effectively wearing aÂ body-warmer, however I felt Iâ€™d stillÂ beÂ too warm if I did this so instead I chose to tie the jacket around my waist.
This way I could stillÂ easilyÂ access my gels and snacks in the jacketâ€™s rear pocketsÂ ifÂ needed, orÂ I couldÂ quickly put the jacket back on ifÂ I started feelingÂ the coldÂ again.Â Unfortunately this meant the back of the jacket picked up quite a bit of dirt from my rear wheel, but thankfully this washed out without any issues on a standard wash.
So overall would I recommend this kit? Yes, absolutely. Admittedly it isnâ€™t the cheapest cycling gear you canÂ buy (at the time of this review the jackets and bib-shorts are priced at Â£169.99Â eachÂ on the Gore website) butÂ speaking as someone who used to wear cheap cycle clothing the old adage â€˜you get what you pay forâ€™ really is true when it comes to quality cycling gear. The level of comfort you can expect with these items of clothing, not to mention the fact that Iâ€™veÂ now usedÂ the kitÂ for three monthsÂ and both itemsÂ still look as good as new (whereas Iâ€™m pretty sure the milesÂ coveredÂ wouldâ€™ve destroyed cheaperÂ optionsÂ by now) means this kit really does blow theÂ budgetÂ alternatives out of the water making itÂ a soundÂ investment which is worth every penny!
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