Gore Bike Wear Alp-X GT waterproof shorts review

Pioneering baggies

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £100.00 RRP | USD $160.00
Gore Bike Wear Alp-X GT shorts

Our review

These pioneering waterproof shorts are still good but have been rather overtaken by the competition
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Gore Bike Wear’s Alp-XT GTs were the first breathable, waterproof shorts on the mainstream market. At the time, they seemed slightly mad, but it didn’t take long for us to be converted to their uses.


Since then, several rival garments have come out, but the Alp-Xs are unchanged. They use ripstop Paclite fabric, which makes them really light. It does feel flimsy compared to some competitors, but the fabric’s as waterproof/breathable as possible, with an effective and long-lasting water-repellent coating.

There’s not a huge amount of shape, and the shorts can bunch up a little at the front. Fit can be tuned with elastic drawcords on the legs. They’re concealed and a little fiddly, but do the job – there’s no point in having waterproof shorts if puddles shoot up your legs.


At the waist, there’s a basic knotted drawcord, and you get a single zip pocket at the back. The Alp-Xs work as well as ever, but they’ve fallen behind in terms of fit and features.

Product Specifications


Name Alp-X GT Shorts
Brand Gore Bike Wear

Description * GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell * Slim fit * Inseam length 13.78 inches * Special fit for cyclist posture * Adjustable elastic waistband with cord * Wear-resistant seat reinforcement * Hem-width adjustable by easy-to-use covered cord stoppers and elastic draw-cord * Reflective piping on side seams * Reflective logo on hem
Clothing Material Gore-Tex Paclite
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XS XXL
Available Colours Black
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens
Weight (g) 181
Lining Fabric Gortex