First look: Gore Bike Wear Fusion SO 3/4 shorts

Windproof winter baggies

Gore's Fusion jacket is always our first choice when the weather turns bad, so we were excited to hear they were bringing out some 3/4-length mountain bike shorts to match.

The jacket combines a perfect fit with excellent protection from the elements and class-leading breathability, and initial impressions suggest the shorts are just as good.

Made from the same Gore Windstopper fabric, the SOs are water-repellent rather than waterproof but should still shrug off the worst of the rain.

With ventilation zips on the front of both legs, a zipped side pocket, and Velcro tabs at the waist and bottom of both legs to ensure a good fit, these shorts aren't short on features.

RRP for the camouflage version pictured is £104.99. They're also available in black for £99.99 – which will put them in direct competition with Endura's popular Venturi eVent 3/4-lengths. Gore say the camo costs more because they use genuine military fabric.

Gore Bike Wear's Alex Metcalfe told us: "It's an item we've been working on for years but didn't want to bring to the market until we had the right fabric in terms of weight and warmth."

Look out for a review in an upcoming issue of Mountain Biking UK magazine.

Gore bike wear fusion so 3/4 shorts: gore bike wear fusion so 3/4 shorts
Gore bike wear fusion so 3/4 shorts: gore bike wear fusion so 3/4 shorts

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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