Gore Bike Wear ALP-X Jacket and Shorts Review

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Measured Weight Specs
Jacket: 305.8 grams/10.8 ounces
Shorts: 179.9 grams/ 6.3 ounces
Helmet Cover: 56.9 grams/2 ounces
Hood: 68 grams/2.4 ounces

I did find that my normal gloves got soaked on rides, so I purchased a pair of chemical gloves ($5), which have worked quite well and keep my hands dry. If it got cold enough on a wet ride, some hand warmers inserted into the gloves worked perfectly. I haven’t quite figured out what to do to keep my shoes and/or feet dry? I spend a lot of time hike a biking, and I tend to destroy the usual shoes covers quickly.

To keep the gear working properly, regular washing and drying needs to be done, which means a warm wash and a low dry. Tumble drying the garment or ironing on a low setting reinvigorates the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment on its surface, so water will continue to bead. The DWR is crucial to the best performance of any membrane-based waterproof system.

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Bottomline
As a set I really liked how comfortable the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X jacket and shorts were. They are lightweight, extremely packable, breathable and waterproof. The addition of the Helmet Cover adds to the complete ensemble. The set could be worn for inclement weather, in which they kept you warm and dry, or just as wind breakers. The jacket and pants have plenty of features that are functional, and very bike specific, and the material and build quality are outstanding. The only issue I had was the elastic material on the shorts had a few small tears. I had a few minor quibbles, such as a lack of an included hood, and the long term durability on the shoulders from pack abrasion.

The packability means “Don’t leave home without them!”. Fit, form and functional are the apt descriptions for this product set.

Strengths
- Lightweight
- Packable
- Tall collar
- Cycling specific
- Multi condition use

Weaknesses
- Shorts elastic fragile
- Needs tougher material on shoulders
- Expensive
- Lack of a Hood

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Update: The 2010 version of the jacket has some additional features that mine test unit doesn’t include. Those features are their Performance material (more durable) being added to the shoulders and the outside of the arms, and an integrated hood that hides in the collar. I cannot vouch for any of these features, since I have neither used nor tested them.

ALP-X Jacket Specs
* MSRP: $269.99
* Sizes: S – XXL
* GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell
* GORE-TEX® stretch inserts on arms for maximum comfort
* Slim fit
* Ergonomic 3D fit
* Raglan cut
* “High collar, ergonomically shaped”
* Adjustable collar with easy-to-operate cord stopper for one-handed use
* Velcro fastening for separate hood
* Zip tags for easy handling
* Double flap to cover zip
* Napoleon pocket with zip
* Reflective logo on collar
* Reflective inserts on front pockets
* “Reflective piping on front, back and sleeves”
* Pre-shaped elbows
* Adjustable cuff
* Hem-width adjustable by easy-to-use covered cord stoppers and elastic draw-cord
* Press-stud fastening for cord on inside
* “Fold-away shirt tail, extra-long”

ALP-X PRO Shorts Specs
* MSRP: $149.99
* Sizes: S – XXL
* GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell
* Slim fit
* Inseam length 13.78 inches
* Special fit for cyclist posture
* Adjustable elastic waistband with cord
* Wear-resistant seat reinforcement
* Hem-width adjustable by easy-to-use covered cord stoppers and elastic draw-cord
* Reflective piping on side seams
* Reflective logo on hem

Universal Hood Specs
* MSRP: $49.99
* attaches to all GORE-TEX® jackets from GORE BIKE WEAR™
* GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell
* Adjustable hood (width and field of vision)
* Rain drain on peak
* 3x adjustable hood for maximum vision and comfort

Helmet Cover Specs
* MSRP: $49.99
* Sizes: M/54-58, L/60-64
* GORE-TEX® PACLITE® stretch
* Special fit
* Reflective print on back
* Reflective logo

Gore Bike Wear url: http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/Satellite/HomePage

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • The Dude says:

    try out some eVent on your next go round…its even better

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I have reviewed a Showers Pass jacket, but there isn’t a whole lot of cycling specific eVent jackets on the market. I have found eVent does slightly breathe better, otherwise as long as both products are cleaned regularly (especially gore) they are pretty close.

  • jerome says:

    One of the best if not the best
    I have had 3 during the last 9 years.
    I am using it for riding road and mtb (20 000 km/y) running and fast spaced hikes.
    I have been out under heavy rain for hours without getting even wet.
    The cut is good enough for road riding in comfort, without noticing it much.
    I had a Showers Pass high end model but it doesn’t fit the bill for me same for Endura

    The Short s great too for hiking and Mtb, 100% waterproof certified.cui

  • PoolHopper says:

    To keep your feet completely dry, you can order black GoreTex Socks from Cabelas.
    They have unlined and lined versions. Unlined will work fine for
    anything above 40 degrees, lined for everything below 40 or so.
    The socks are designed to be worn over a normal pair of socks
    and will fit inside your regular shoes, will be a bit tight to
    start but will mold to fit perfectly inside your shoes. Wear these
    socks with the Gore Bike Wear Ultra Pants and you will be warm and
    completely dry from the waist down.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I just got the GT socks and City Overshoes to test out, but is has been pretty dry lately.

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