Gore Alp X Jacket review£159.99

This jacket couldn't be more bike specific...The rounded back cut fits perfectly when riding; the collar has an extra long, articulated shape; the sleeves are velcro-cuffed, and an extendable tail wraps right round under your bum.

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This jacket couldn't be more bike specific...The rounded back cut fits perfectly when riding; the collar has an extra long, articulated shape; the sleeves are velcro-cuffed, and an extendable tail wraps right round under your bum. Collar and hem are cordlocked for draught-proofing too.

The breathability and storm-proofing of the Paclite fabric is first rate, staying dry at a steady cruise and drying fast after warm/wet work. The long mesh strip vent under the clamshell front zip storm flaps lets water in though, and the sleeves are tight over bare arms, let alone a thermal. The fabric is durable and revivable (iron/tumble dry), weight is low at 272g, and it (just about) stuffs into its own back pocket.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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