GORE POWER 2.0 LADY Bib short

 

The Gore Power 2.0 lady bib shorts really do have it all, they fit like a second skin and have a pad that we love (and we have put some serious miles in wearing these), plus the best system we have come across for quick and easy toilet breaks.

 

GORE POWER 2.0 LADY Bib short+

 

If you are a fan of bib shorts you will know that the great fit and clean lines offered by bibs over non-bibs comes at a price and that is the faff factor when you need to relieve yourself.  Shorts manufacturers have offered a number of solutions to the challenge over the years but we think the system Gore has used in their Power 2.0 lady bib shorts is the best yet.  Two zips open from the centre of the back outwards, to just above the hip and then the bottom area can be pulled down to allow for the easiest and quickest of pit-stops.

 

Other systems we have tried have not been as easy and perhaps even more critically, have not felt entirely secure when done up either.  We have even had one zipped system fail quite spectacularly when we were out training – trust us when we tell you it was not a good moment! – so we have put in quite a few miles before we reported on these.  Actually the system works so well that the GORE ELEMENT Thermo LADY Bibtights+ (reviewed here) were our top choice of winter tights and we can say with absolute confidence that the zips are easy to open and really secure when closed, and that is a huge relief in every sense of the word!

 

Yes it's true to say we have always liked what Gore offer for female cyclists.  There is no simple "shrink and pink" policy here, their understanding of our anatomy and needs shines through in their kit, so it was something of a given that the Power 2.0 lady bib shorts would fit beautifully.  They are a race oriented fit and the feeling is of a close fit but without being tight.  The legs are just the right length at nine inches and they are finished with a comfortable, wide strip of colourful gripper elastic that keeps the legs in place without a hint of a muffin top.  The shape of the bibs accommodates female cures nicely and the bib straps themselves are wide enough to ensure there is no cutting in over the shoulders.  Of course all the seams are flat-locked, so there is no chafing and the Power Woman pad is deliciously comfortable, being made from high density perforated open-cell foam, which we found allowed for excellent breathability and quick drying too.

 

It is definitely worth noting that with the Power 2.0 lady bib shorts Gore have not simply offered the basic over the shoulder bib system.  The bibs, which are made from mesh to aid ventilation, have a clip that fastens just over the breastbone and this pulls the bibs into an X-shape, thus overcoming the question of where the bibs straps should sit on larger ladies who can suffer from chafing with straps that run down the outside of the torso.  When done up the bibs feel really secure and, frankly, just “right”, we were not conscious of any part against our body.

 

We have been wearing these shorts for a while now on some longer rides and they have quickly become a favourite.  We always get compliments when wearing them and we loved the way they feel and perform.  No, they are not “cheap” but in our experience they will last extremely well and in the end they will prove to be truly excellent value for money.

 

The Gore Power 2.0 lady bib shorts are well designed, great fitting and very comfortable, with the added bonus of a zip system that allows for quick and easy pit stops – these shorts are built to last and look amazing too.

 

Sizes: XS-XXL

Colours: black/white, black

Price: £99.99 but we have seen them for £89.99

Website: goreapparel.co.uk POWER 2.0 LADY Bib shorts

 

 

Performance: 9/10

Value for money: 8/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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