GORE-TEX ALP-X Jacket and Short – First Look

by Brian Mullin on November 5, 2009

Go to http://www.gramslightbikes.com/2010/05/gore-bike-wear-alp-x-jacket-and-shorts.html for full review!

I recently received the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X jacket and shorts for some testing. We just passed the rainy season in Colorado, so for now it will most likely get more snowstorm activity than anything? I wish I had this set, especially the shorts, during a rainstorm that I got caught in this last summer, refer to “Be prepared better safe than sorry” for that horror story.

The ALP-X set is made from GORE-TEX Paclite Shell material, which is very lightweight, extremely breathable and obviously is waterproof per the always excellent GORE-TEX standards. The Paclite shell is comprised of a nylon face fabric, followed by the hydrophobic GORE-TEX membrane, and then a protective layer of an oleophobic substance and carbon.

It is amazing how easy it is the pack away the jacket and shorts into my pack, plus it hardly weighs anything, which is very convenient since it is one less reason not to bring it with me on any outing.

The jacket has a couple of nice features. The foremost for me as a biker is the drop down tail on the rear of the jacket. Just simply unsnap the tail, and it keeps water rolling right off your back and but. The addition of a small bit of elastic so that the tail snugs up against your butt is a very nice, although it sort of looks like a baby diaper!

I also liked how snug the jacket zipped up on my neck, which is nice when you aren’t wearing a hood, it keeps the rain from sneaking into, and dripping down your neck. Other features for the jacket are reflective piping, a rear and front pocket and some nice wrist and hem closures.

The jacket didn’t come with a hood, but it does have a simple attachment point for one. It seems to me that if someone spends this much on a top of the line jacket, it should come with a hood, whether it’s attached or not?

I really liked the shorts. I can’t count how many times I have had a decent rain jacket with me, but I always would get soaked to the bones in my shorts. They are comfortable, lightweight, and packable, so why leave home without them? Features include reflective piping, a small rear pocket, innovative leg closures to keep them snug and an elastic portion on the rear for some stretching room.

As a set I really liked how comfortable the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X jacket and shorts were. They are lightweight, extremely packable, breathable and waterproof, so who could ask for anything more? I am looking forward to some more extensive testing this winter with this fine set of gear from Gore Bike Wear.

ALP-X Jacket Specs:

  • 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”
  • MSRP $269.99
  • Gore ALP-X Jacket url
ALP-X Shorts Specs:
  • 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
  • MSRP $149.99
  • Gore ALP-X Short url

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