Gore’s Power Trail lady shorts are extraordinarily comfortable and versatile, they perform outstandingly well on the bike and look great off it too.




When we got the Gore Power Trail lady shorts we immediately sensed that they were going to be a bit special; the fabric is featherweight and beautifully soft to touch, with plenty of stretch and they felt great, not just for the first wearing, but time and again after washing too.


The Power Trail lady shorts fall into Gore’s 'comfort fit' range, this makes them more of a casual fit. They look great off the bike, where the two rear pockets and front zip pocket enhance this casual look, as well as adding practical and safe small item storage. There is a further interior zip pocket too for keys or cash.  The embroidered stars and cross and reflective logos all make for an aesthetically pleasing casual wear garment.  The shorts come in ‘Jazzy Pink/Giro Pink’ and ‘Raven /Black’.  We tested the pink and we are glad we did, they haven’t faded at all and make a bold colour statement without being overly girly.


However, enough of casual wear and aesthetics, the people at Gore have clearly designed something that will excel on a bike here.  You can immediately see that the shorts have been put together to allow for full freedom of movement while cycling by incorporating three super stretchy panels – one on each side and another across the lower back, which together allow the shorts to mold to the body in a variety shapes and positions.  There are no zips or buttons (which eliminates bulk and potential discomfort around the midriff), Gore’s designers have instead opted for two Velcro adjuster tabs on the sides and these allow the shorts to be adjusted to the perfect fit around the waist.


We tested these shorts on some off-road rides, as well some long touring expeditions and we are happy to say they are outstanding, you simply don’t feel them at all, as there is no pulling, snagging or clinging.  We wore them over normal knickers or leggings for quick commutes, and over cycle short or tights when cycling for extended periods, because there is no integrated pad. To be honest we feared there might be some pulling when we wore these over tights or shorts but our fears proved unfounded.  All of this and they are super breathable in hotter weather too.  


There is no doubting that the Gore Power Trail lady shorts are pricey but, as we have found time and time again with Gore kit, it actually represents decent value considering their exceptional comfort, versatility, functionality and longevity; remember you are getting an item of clothing for riding and casual wear, which performs in all circumstances and still looks like new despite our rigorous testing process.


Sizes: 34-44

Colours: Jazzy Pink/Giro Pink, Raven/Black

RRP: £89.99

Website: www.goreapparel.co.uk Power Trail Lady Shorts


Performance: 9/10

Value for money: 8/10


Tested by Emma Silversides



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