Review: Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO Outfit System

Award-winning jersey and short combo designed for variety of conditions

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The ALP-X PRO WINDSTOPPER jersey is extremely versatile for a wide range of temperatures and conditions.

The ALP-X PRO WINDSTOPPER jersey works in a wide range of temperatures and conditions (click to enlarge).

Stat Box: ALP-X PRO WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell Zip-Off Jersey
Features: WINDSTOPPER warmth, removable sleeves, chest pocket pocket Sizes: S-XXL
Material: polyester inner; polyester/Spandex Elastane outer MSRP: $220
Fit: Gore Apparel Tight Fit (runs small) Rating: 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 5 Chilis-out-of-5
Colors: Black/White, Green/Yellow, Black/Red

Pluses
Minuses
  • Comfortable in wide range of temperatures
  • Green/Yellow motif a bit loud for some
  • Repels water
  • Tight fit (size up for more comfort)
  • Removable long sleeves
  • Breathable and warm
  • Expandable pockets carry ample gear
  • Off-center zipper and comfortable collar

Full Review: ALP-X PRO WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell Zip-Off Jersey

When I first received the ALP-X PRO WINDSTOPPER jersey, the loud Day-Glo green and yellow motif was a bit much for my taste. Admittedly, I didn’t wear the jersey for weeks. But while on a road trip to Crater Lake, Oregon, I did a road ride around the lake on a foggy 40-degree day ripe with tourists in cars, so I figured the visibility and warmth of the ALP-X PRO jersey would be a good idea. I wasn’t disappointed.

The removable long sleeves make this a true all-conditions jersey. Leave those arm warmers at home.

The removable long sleeves make this a true all-conditions jersey. Leave those arm warmers at home (click to enlarge).

The functionality and versatility of this jersey makes its range of usefulness extremely broad. Thanks to the WINDSTOPPER fabric, no undershirt or wind vest is needed, even on that 40-degree day at Crater Lake (admittedly I sweat like a pig). And because of its breathability, the ALP-X PRO jersey is also comfortable on warmer days up to 65 degrees.

The real sweet spot for the ALP-X PRO jersey is on those big days in the saddle where you face a broad range of temperature and elevation change. Typically you have to carry a small wardrobe of gear overflowing from various pockets. But the versatility of the ALP-X PRO jersey eliminates this problem, with long sleeves that can be removed via two hidden zippers per side, converting into a short-sleeve jersey.

Gore Bike Wear ALP-X Back
 
Breathable yellow panels help heat escape while the large pockets carry all your gear (click to enlarge).

The WINDSTOPPER fabric is strategically placed to balance warmth and breathability, and an off-center zipper helps secure a comfortable WINDSTOPPER collar. The entire front of the jersey is WINDSTOPPER, while the short sleeves and upper back are a light, breathable Spandex material. The removable sleeves are also made of WINDSTOPPER, featuring taped seams for added warmth.

Another great attribute of the ALP-X PRO jersey is its elasticity. Sporting three pockets in the back and one zippered chest pocket great for a phone, the material expands to fit a lot of gear. Not that you really need a lot of gear, as the ALP-X PRO jersey is really all you need for most riding conditions. But if you need to stuff food, an inner tube, multi-tool, a phone, and hate to wear a hydration pack, the ALP-X PRO jersey pockets can easily accommodate.

The jersey features Gore Apparel Tight Fit, which means if you have big guns or broad shoulders, size up. I typically wear a medium jersey, but the medium sized ALP-X PRO is a bit tight for mountain bike use. I would definitely step up to a large next time.

Bottom line, the ALP-X PRO jersey is an incredibly versatile piece of cycling apparel. It’s like the mid-travel trail bike of jerseys – the one that works well in virtually all conditions.

For more information visit www.goreapparel.com.


About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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  • Chicken_Rider says:

    Do you recommend wearing the Alp-X bib/shorts with Pearl Izumi’s X-Alp shoes? 😉

  • Timm says:

    I don’t care if the shorts are refrigerated, I’m never paying $220 for something that I could get for $25. I would spend money on my bike first. Gotta hand it to the industry players, they’ve pegged cyclists for the suckers they are!

  • Angry Singlespeeder says:

    Timm –

    Have fun with your $25 riding shorts. Your wallet might be happy, but your taint definitely won’t.

    – ASS

  • Kuttermax says:

    I recently purchased the Gore 2in1 shorts and liked them so much I picked up a second pair (shop around, you can find them for 25% off online). I just got back from a 10 day mountain biking trip in Snowmass, Aspen, Beaver Creek, and Vail and these were all I wore for all my rides. Super comfortable, versatile in changing weather conditions, and they don’t catch the nose of my saddle (something I’ve struggled with when wearing other baggies). The chamois is also quite good. Not quite as padded as some of the Assos ones, but I did multiple 4 – 5 hour rides and had no issues. I did wreck once and put a small hole in the front leg of the short from a rock. No big deal and doesn’t impact performance, but they aren’t bullet proof. These are definitely the best mountain biking shorts that I have owned.

    I went with a Gore Alp-X 3.0 short sleeve jersey to wear with the shorts. I also have found this to be excellent with lots of pockets and a slightly looser fit. It has a pocket on the lower left side that fits my Samsung Note 4 phone. This worked out perfectly in Colorado as I ride using the MTBProject app and fairly frequently would pull the phone out to check the maps.

    Separately I wore Giro’s Terraduro shoes with the outfit. They were perfect for these rides that often had some hike-a-bike segments. Early models of these shoes suffered from delamination issues, but this issue seems to have been resolved. During 10 days of hard riding the shoes have held up perfectly and were super comfortable.

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