Gore Bike Wear Alp-X GT women’s waterproof shorts

 

The Alp-x range is a firm favourite for winter riding and these shorts are a big favourite for the muddy-wear wardrobe, although they are light enough for any ride when you feel like shorts are a good option and the weather is uncertain.

 

Gore Bike Wear Alp-X GT women’s waterproof shorts

 

The paclite Goretex is lightweight and wonderfully waterproof, it successfully keeps the wind out of your lap and off your thighs, it also stops soggy grit from getting into your chamois - an all-round winner.  

 

The women’s fit has a flat front and is curved at the hip, making it easy to bend and bulge as required!  The shorts are firmly designed to be worn over padded and / or thermal underthings and they are sized accordingly.  

 

The shorts have reflective piping down the sides and a reflective logo on the leg.  There is also an elastic draw string round the hems, to allow for adjustment or to keep the wind out on particularly blustery days.  The obligatory back pocket is useful and crucially, zippable too but other than that there are few features of note. This is a minimalist garment (there is also available in a ¾ length version for an extra £20).

 

The winning features of these shorts are the fit, the super lightweight and the durability.  The seams are tough and taped and there is a reinforced gusset which helps minimise the speed at which the saddle wears through.  We accept that it will happen eventually, but these shorts are going to give many miles of riding before they start to look tired – we tested them thoroughly and found the Goretex has stood up to the brambliest of riding.

 

All this function comes at a cost, however, and we know there are cheaper alternatives available. However, Gore kit is known for its robustness and clever fit, so buying cheaper may prove to be a false economy.   Our advice is go Gore!

 

A well styled, tough, durable and weatherproof short for muddy mountain biking and rainy rides.

 

Colours: Black

Fabric: GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell

Cost: £109.99

Sizes:  34,36,38,40,42,44

Website: www.gorebikewear.co.uk Alp X GT

 

Performance: 10/10

Value: 8/10

 

Tested by Fi Spotswood

 

 

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