Gore Bike Wear Alp-X III waterproof jacket review

Top-end waterproof

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £200.00 RRP | USD $269.99
Gore Bike Wear Alp-X III Jacket

Our review

One of the best fabrics out there, and a well-designed jacket, but it comes at a hefty price
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The third generation of the Alp-X is very light and not overburdened with features – kind of high-end minimalism. It’s still made primarily from Gore-Tex Paclite fabric, one of the best waterproof/breathable materials available.


There are stretchy panels on the arms to aid movement, and heavier fabric on the shoulders and sleeves to resist abrasion. The cut is close but not overly snug, and further tuning is available with concealed hem drawcords and Velcro cuffs.

The zip-off/stowaway hood is adjustable. A unique feature is the foldaway drop tail. The Alp-X is adequately long at the back, but if you need extra, it’s available – just beware of it hooking on the back of the saddle. A double overlapping Velcro storm flap over the zip also boosts weather protection.


There are no pit zips, but unzipping the front and letting the hem out a bit works pretty well. We continue to be impressed by Paclite’s top-notch water-repellent coating – it keeps water beading for longer than most, and copes better with washing. 

Product Specifications


Name Alp-X III Jacket
Brand Gore Bike Wear

Description Colours Red/black, brown/black, white/ black, black, * GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell * GORE-TEX® stretch inserts on arms for maximum comfort * Slim fit * Ergonomic 3D fit * Raglan cut * "High collar, ergonomically shaped" * Adjustable collar with easy-to-operate cord stopper for one-handed use * Velcro fastening for separate hood * Zip tags for easy handling * Double flap to cover zip * Napoleon pocket with zip * Reflective logo on collar * Reflective inserts on front pockets * "Reflective piping on front, back and sleeves" * Pre-shaped elbows * Adjustable cuff * Hem-width adjustable by easy-to-use covered cord stoppers and elastic draw-cord * Press-stud fastening for cord on inside * "Fold-away shirt tail, extra-long"
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Weight (g) 333