As a cyclist the first thing you learn is that you can’t depend on the weather, the second thing is that being uncomfortable on the bike is about as painful as sitting through a meeting about work safety. That is why riders depend on manufacturers to make them kit that will keep them in the saddle no matter what the day throws at them.
Gore Bike Wear have been researching and developing clothing for the various kinds of riders over the last 25 years, whether you are climbing the rocky terrain of a nearby mountain or descending down the smooth tarmac in the French Alps, the one thing you will not be distracted by is the kit you are wearing, that is unless of course you get a glance of yourself in a shop window.
Gore designs their clothing for the various roles a cyclist may fill. From the elite road racer to the weekend leisure rider there is a range of kit dedicated to your specific area of expertise using fabrics and designs that will allow you to enjoy every ride.
The Xenon range has been developed for the racing elite, the rider who trains in all weather conditions and doesn’t find it necessary to make a café stop midway through a ride. Garments in this range are tailored for the racing position and fit close to the body for the best in aerodynamic performance.
The Xenon 2.0 AS Jacket is 100% nylon with a Windstopper membrane. This is an extremely lightweight jacket that will pack up into your back pocket and is ergonomically cut so it won’t flap around when descending into a wind storm. Although this item is not waterproof it will give a little protection if you get stuck in a shower.
Every rider deserves to treat themselves to a good pair of bib shorts. If you are going to spend the money I would consider the Xenon 2.0 Bibshorts. Not as expensive as certain other high quality manufacturers (not naming names but I think you know who I mean) but just as good. Even after hours on the bike and constantly shifting in and out of the saddle, the compression fabric and high density foam chamois will keep you comfortable so you can keep performing to your best.
The Oxygen range is dedicated to the rider who wants to get the most out of a long ride and to those Sportive riders who always challenge themselves to complete the longest or hardest of the routes. As many of you will not have the benefit of a support crew to hand you a jacket if the weather changes, your clothing must be good enough to protect you in all conditions.
My favourite of the entire Gore range is the Oxygen Short Sleeved Wind Stopper Jersey. This is the bit of kit that every rider should have for cooler weather conditions. With a windproof front, kidney and shoulder area and a soft fabric this jersey will keep you warm. Team it with a pair of Gore arm warmers if you need the extra protection and you won’t find yourself turning back because you can’t hack the cold.
The Power range is for those who ride all year long, enjoy café rides and cycling with friends, but you don’t want to forfeit cash for comfort. These items have been engineered for medium rides (2-4hrs) but will still keep you looking like you could go for a lot longer.
The Power 2.0 cycling gloves (mitts) is a new edition to the Gore range of popular road cycling gloves. With gel padding on the heel of the hand and foam padding on the palm they absorb road vibrations without leaving you feeling restricted.
The Power 2.0 Bibshorts come equipped with the Power Man chamois. Gore calls this the workhorse and it will keep you confident in the saddle for medium to long distance rides due to the high density padding and seamless finish. The bibs themselves are made with a mesh back for better breathability and the shorts offer flat lock seams and a snug fit.
The final range of Gores Road cycling garments is the Contest range, dedicated to those who want solid, quality items for medium distances with a contemporary design.
The Contest 2.0 AS Cycling Jacket looks like it should cost the world. This light, totally windproof jacket folds up to fit in your back pocket and is extremely light so you won’t even notice it is there. It is comfortable and cut to look like a racing jacket without the steep price tag.
Gore also excels in making essential items like warmers, socks and gloves, whatever accessory you need it is worth checking out the range they have to offer as Gore most likely provide everything you need for your next ride.
Gore Bike Wear have been working on their range with one goal in mind, to limit your distractions. Ok so they cannot influence things like the road conditions, drivers and the weather but they can stop you from fidgeting with your clothes and keep you protected from the elements. That way you can be free to concentrate on the road ahead and enjoy the ride, wherever your destination.