Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer

 

The Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer is a wrap-around lower back support that keeps the area warm and in our experience, helped ease lower back pain on long rides.

 

Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer

 

Put simply, the Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer is a body shaped band of fleece lined, soft shell fabric, with four channels that hold vertical boning – just like that used in evening dresses – and it provides warmth to the kidney area and support to the core body.  Simply wrap it around your middle, overlap the wide Velcro straps to give yourself as much or as little support as you feel you need and then layer up as usual for your ride.

 

Rarely do we get this excited about a bit of kit, but sometimes we get the chance to test things that are so perfect, we wonder how we ever got along without them.  For sure, the Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer answers a very particular need, but it does so really, really well.

 

We loved the additional warmth the Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer gave to the lower back area, which is a bonus on any cold ride, but the reduction in lower back pain was truly life changing.  Our tester has been struggling with the longer winter rides for a while now and she has reported that the pain has been getting worse with every passing year.  She has had her bike professionally fitted and regularly sees a chiropractor as well, but there has been no relief.  Immediately she started wearing Gore’s Kidney Warmer she reported a dramatic reduction in pain and she has not stopped raving about it since.

 

Happily the chiropractor is all in favour of it too, albeit with a gentle reminder that core body exercises need to be kept up.  So the winter mileage is dramatically up for our tester this year and there have been no threats to throw the bike in the hedge after two hours, regardless of the distance from home!

 

Gore has finished the Kidney Warmer with all of the care and attention to detail that we have come to expect from them.  The four channels that hold the strips of boning are beautifully sewn and reinforced at the ends to ensure the boning does not push through and then the entire outer edge is finished with an elasticated binding.  They have even included reflective logos, although we are not sure they will ever see enough light to allow them to shine.

 

The Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer is a beautifully made and surprisingly comfortable, warming and supportive brace that we have not left home without this winter.

 

Sizes:  Small - XXL

Colours: Black

Price: £34.99

Website: www.goreapparel.co.uk Windstopper Soft Shell Kidney Warmer

 

 

Performance: 10/10

Value for money: 10/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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