Gore Alp-X Windstopper Soft Shell shorts review£110.00

Classy shorts that'll handle the elements

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The price may make your eyes water, but these shorts are a class act when the conditions deteriorate. They have the tailored cut typical of Gore kit, allowing them to hug your hips’ contours for a flap-free fit.

Movement remains unrestricted on and off the bike, and they’ll slip over knee pads without issue. Waist adjustment comes courtesy of sliding strap adjusters that are easy to use and unobtrusive. The two zipped, rear facing hip pockets are easily big enough for a phone or car keys, and there’s next to no flapping around of the contents as you pedal.

It’s the Alp-X shorts' performance in bad weather that really stands out though. On cold, wet and windy days, the Windstopper material seals out the elements, keeping the chill off your thighs and your backside pretty much dry. As they’re not fully waterproof they don’t get clammy or sweaty either, which is great when you’re putting in a long stint in the saddle. The only real downside is that despite the high price they don’t come with a padded liner.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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