Saturday, November 30, 2013 12.00pm
By Russell Burton
We don't hand out five star awards to jackets very often, and then two come along at once. The Berghaus Vapour Storm scored top marks earlier this week, and now the Gore Alp-X 2.0 GT AS has matched it, thanks to its uncompromising attention to bike-specific detail.
The jacket is made from Gore-Tex AS (Active Shell) material, which has quickly become a favourite of those who have to ride whatever the weather and don't want to sweat the breathability trade-off between a showerproof and a waterproof.
But no matter how good the jacket, it isn't all just about the material. We also love the cut of the Alp-X, which is ideal in the riding position with a collar angle that's judged to perfection. If you're not a fan of hoods, then this one zips right off – we took to storing it in the large rear pocket.
There's even more to like at the back of the jacket, because if the hem doesn't dip low enough for your protection, there's an extra drop down tail to really see off the worst of the winter mud; for tall testers this was an especially well-used feature.
We do find the waterproof zips a bit firm – it doesn't feel like you can wrench them around, but this jacket is made for riding, and riding a long way, in waterproof comfort.
We won't pretend it's cheap (and the Berghaus Vapour Storm isn't either), but if you're serious about riding and willing to invest in quality, you won't find much wrong with the Alp-X.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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