Gore Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+

 

The Gore Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+ are highly technical and great fitting bib tights for winter riding, with a top dollar pad and reworked bib design, which offers even better comfort than before, all put together with the added bonus of a zip system that allows for quick and easy toilet breaks.

 

Gore Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+

 

We love bib tights for winter, the fit and feel is vastly superior to tights with a waist band, but there is one downside and that is the faff factor when you need to relieve yourself.  This faff factor goes off the scale if you are rugged up with lots of winter layers and if you are riding with a group who are rapidly getting cold while you peel off layers of clothing to take a “natural break”, you can lose friends quickly! 

 

A number of cycling kit manufacturers have offered solutions to tackle the challenge but having had the pleasure of testing most of them, so we can say with confidence that none of the other systems hold a candle to Gore’s.  We tested the Gore Element Thermo Lady Bibtights+ back in the winter of 2014 and the Gore Power Lady Bib Short in the summer of 2015, and both of these items of kit were worn long after the testing process was done and dusted.  In fact they were go to items, worn repeatedly for two seasons each, which is real testament to the quality of kit produced by Gore and takes the concept of “long term testing” to a whole new level.

 

Let’s start with the system that allows for speedy pit stops. In the Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+ Gore have incorporated zips at waist level that open from the centre back outwards, to just above the hip.  The bottom area can then be pulled down to allow for the easiest and quickest of stops, all without taking your gloves off – no friends lost but plenty of jealous ladies!

 

However the ingenious zip system is only half of the story ... We do a lot of miles over the winter and so the kit which makes the cut – that is the items that we actually choose to wear time and again – must offer high levels of both comfort on the bike and protection from the elements.  There are very few who have the luxury of testing kit like we do and it is a responsibility we take very seriously, but honestly some kit is more of a joy to test and the excitement in the Bike Envy offices when a box from Gore arrives is always palpable.

 

Expectations are high but honestly Gore kit never disappoints and new for this season they have reworked the bib system so that it once and for all puts to bed the question of how the more curvaceous of us should wear bib straps – inside, outside or over the breasts.  For the design of the front of the Gore Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+ they have used their warm and windproof fabric, which is of course highly breathable, and this covers the whole of the upper chest area.  The front of the bib is secured with a simple hook and it forms an “X” shape over the core body.  It is without question, the most comfortable bib system we have ever tried, as well as offering a little extra warmth to the core area.  It is worth mentioning the attention to detail here because, whilst we know it is typical of Gore, you may not, and we really liked that the straps were beautifully finished with piping (for the black version this is done in a contrasting pink colour) and all of this beautiful finishing will almost never be seen by anyone except the wearer.

 

For the panel that covers the back of the Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+ bib, Gore have again used the warm, windproof fabric but they have added a triangular panel of highly breathable mesh across the shoulders, which works with the base layer to move sweat away from the body, and it does so very effectively.  That said, we never compromise on the quality of the base layer we wear either.

 

The Power range from Gore is aimed at committed road cyclists who ride all year round and the chammy – in this case the Power women’s seat pad – is said to be good for rides up to three hours.  Well, we like to test these things and so obviously we tried it on rides that were longer than this and we would recommend it way beyond Gore’s suggestion.  Perhaps we are not the princesses we thought we were ... or more likely the quality of this pad is every bit as excellent as everything else about these tights.

 

The Gore Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+ are close fitting and thanks to the elasticity of the fabric there is no pulling or tightness.  The fleece lined fabric is very soft to the touch and has excellent insulating properties.  However, if you feel the cold and want another level of protection, there is a version with Gore’s amazing windstopper fabric in the range here but the Power Thermo version will get us through all but the very worst winter weather when, quite frankly, the turbo trainer is likely to be the safer option for training.

 

There are no stirrups on any of the Gore Bibtights, which we found curious when we first received some to test way back in 2014, but now we realise they would be surplus to requirement.   The generous leg length, excellent fit and super sticky gripper elastic at the bottom mean the legs of the Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+ stay perfectly in place and there no danger of them riding up to expose a gap around our ankles. 

 

The Gore Power Lady Thermo bib tights are already a favourite, they offer warmth and comfort combined with the wonderful Gore zip system that allows for quick and easy toilet breaks.  We’ve awarded a rare 10 out of 10 for performance because we could not think of anything that could be better.

 

Sizes: XS-XXL

Colours: black or black/neon yellow

Price: £124.99

Website: goreapparel.co.uk Gore Power Lady Thermo Bibtights+

 

Performance: 10/10

Value for money: 9.5/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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