Gore Bike Wear – Interbike 2012

by Brian Mullin on October 11, 2012

Over the last couple of years GORE Bike Wear has implemented an
outfit system strategy for their road and mountain performance apparel.
Within each type of line (road vs. mtn), they’ve segmented the system by
a specific family, which is categorized by the type of riding and
motivation level of the individual, and it ranges from the high end
performance rider to the weekend warrior. They’ve designed collections
around each of those rider groups, and for mountain biking, it includes
the Alp-X, Fusion, Countdown and Path.

Alp-X
Their Alp-X is their high-end performance tier, with the best
technologies and specific functions. The Alp-X 2.0 GT AS jacket, uses
Gore-Tex Active, which is their newest technology, and it’s lightweight
and very breathable. They focused on the breathability aspect, as it’s
meant for a rider that is exerting a high output of energy, which means
greater levels of perspiration and heat. They use a different membrane
laminate that is half the size of the typical three layer system, which
is usually comprised of a liner, membrane and face fabric. In this
technology, the lining and Gore-Tex membrane is integrated or bonded
together. It features a zip-off hood, and is more robust in the high
wear zones, such as the hydration pack interface area of the shoulders.
The jacket retails for $279.

 Specs:

  • MTB tour
    specific: Very lightweight, waterproof and breathable mountain bike
    jacket. It performs well in various weather conditions and riding levels
    thanks to its ventilation features.
  • GORE-TEX® stretch inserts on back and arms
  • Napoleon pocket with zip
  • Back zipped stow pocket
  • Zip-off hood, which is adjustable (width and field of vision)
  • Zip-underflap and zip-port
  • Front zip with semi-lock slider
  • Adjustable cuff
  • Hem-width adjustable by easy-to-use covered cord stoppers and elastic draw-cord
  • Fold-away shirt tail, extra long for protection from road spray
  • Reflective piping on back and sleeves, print at zip, logo on front and back and logo on collar
  • Materials
    – 100% Nylon with a Gore-Tex® Membrane, 100% Polyester, Stretch : 89%
    Nylon, 11% Elastane with a Gore-Tex® Membrane, 100% Nylon, Insert : 100%
    Nylon with a Gore-Tex® Membrane, 100% Polyester
 

The
Alp-X AS Light jacket is an interesting beast, and it’s really a high
tech wind breaker. It uses the Windstopper Active shell, which is  a
two-layer product, and is comprised of Polyamide with a Windstopper
membrane. It is very lightweight, coming in at 110 grams, and is
extremely breathable and highly water resistant. When it’s packed up
it’s the size of a sandwich, and it so light and small that you can
easily toss it in your pack or the pocket of your jersey. It sounds like
the perfect jacket for those cooler late afternoons and early evening
rides where you just need to take the bite out of the air, and it has
you protected if you get caught out in a rainstorm. I am looking forward
to trying one of these jackets out, since it fits in with my late day
riding habits.  This is a new product, and will be available in the
Spring and Summer of 2013 for $170.

Specs:

  • Always
    at hand. This whiff of a WINDSTOPPER® jacket is a must on every
    mountain bike tour. Extremely lightweight but still very robust it fits
    easily in any bike backpack.
  • Approx. 110 g/ 3.88 oz. in size L.
  • Stow pocket inside
  • Front zip with semi-lock slider
  • Zip-underflap and zip-port
  • Ergonomically shaped collar
  • Pre-shaped elbows
  • Long back
  • Elastic binding on edges
  • Reflective print on hem, logo on front and back and on sleeve
  • Abrasion resistant print on shoulder
  • 100% Polyamide with a Windstopper ® Membrane

 

The
Alp-X Pro shorts are highly functional, and have an interesting hybrid
system in which the liner is directly attached to the shorts, instead of
the typical hanging design. This design should prevent the droopy
drawer’s syndrome, and keep the fabric from catching on the saddle when
maneuvering around on the bike. The shorts have stretch inserts, a
water-resistant fabric swath on the back, multiple pockets and a Velcro
adjustable waist. The shorts were my favorite of the collection, and I
am looking forward to seeing how the hybrid system works in the real
world.

They also have the Alp-X 3.0 jersey to go along with the
shorts. The jersey uses a robust fabric with good abrasion resistance,
and it has mesh panels in the back and pits for ventilation,
breathability and wicking purposes. The rear pockets are reinforced, so
they can be loaded  with gear, without the jersey sagging or the
materiel tearing.

Alp-X Pro shorts specs:

  • Hybrid
    shorts: Mixture of shorts and tights. Ideal for technically challenging
    mountain bike tours, where you don’t want the extra fabric catching on
    your seat but want the leisure look.
  • Highly functional material mix
  • Stretch inserts for optimum freedom of movement
  • ALP-X Man seat insert
  • Side pocket with Velcro closure
  • 2 side zip ventilation openings
  • Fixed bike inner tights
  • Inner pants with gripper elastic at hem
  • Minimized seams for less chafing
  • Elastic, width-adjustable waistband with Velcro
  • Inseam length 30 cm / 12 inches
  • Reflective piping on back, print on hem, logo on side
  • Material – 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane, Inner Pants : 37% Polyester, 44% Nylon, 19% Elastane

For the Winter 2012 line, they have the Alp-X AS Insulated Vest,
which uses the Windstopper Active Shell, and is also insulated with
Primaloft for additional warmth on those crisp days. The vest is
windproof, water-resistant, and a highly breathable piece  of apparel.

Specs:

  • Warm, lightweight, packable. WINDSTOPPER® MTB vest insulated with
    Primaloft®. Perfect to take along on a long mountain tour. Great for
    changing temperatures in higher altitudes.
  • Stretch inserts for optimum freedom of movement
  • Zip with semi-lock slider
  • Zip-underflap
  • 2 front zip pockets and 2 side mesh pockets
  • Abrasion resistant elastic binding on hem and armhole
  • Reflective print at zip, print on shoulders, logo on front and back, and piping on back
 

Fusion
The Fusion is their All Mountain and Freeride tier, with wilder colors,
baggier and looser cuts, and a more robust focus. The new Fusion 2.0
and Fusion Long jerseys have bright and wild color schemes, while the
Fusion SE Long and Fusion SE jerseys are more subdued.

The Fusion
2.0 shorts, have a nice baggy cut and a long 14-inch inseam, and can be
used with or without a chamois pad. The Front is cut longer than the
back to help prevent catching, and it has large zippered vents for
excellent venting. It is made with robust materials, especially inside
the leg and the saddle area.

Specs:

  • Rough and
    ready: Robustness for the downhills combined with ventilation for the
    uphills. Loose fit for serious off-road bikers looking for high
    performance.
  • Abrasion resistant material at inside leg and saddle area
  • 2 side zip pockets
  • Cleaning cloth in the pocket
  • Zip pocket on back
  • Front mesh inserts for ventilation, adjustable with zip
  • Tape with snaps at waistband for attachment with inner shorts
  • Front zip
  • Button placket
  • Elastic, width-adjustable waistband with Velcro and Belt loops
  • Inseam length 36.5 cm / 14 inches
  • Reflective piping on front and back, logo on side
  • Material – 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane, Insert : 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane, 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane
 

The
Fusion AS Cross jacket is one wild puppy, and they focused on features
and robustness. It has lots of details, is decently light, and has
Kevlar reinforced sleeves and shoulders, for maximum protection and
abrasion resistance in high wear and impact areas.

It uses
the Windstopper Active Shell, and is fully featured, with pit zips,
beefed upped zippers, and comes in bold colors (obviously), and retails
for $230.

Specs:

  • Hard-wearing. Through the
    brush and the undergrowth. You can rely on this jacket. The reinforced
    elbows and shoulders make this jacket particularly durable
  • Abrasion-resistant fabric on shoulder and sleeves
  • Napoleon pocket with zip
  • Front zip with semi-lock slider
  • Zip-underflap and zip-port
  • Adjustable cuff
  • Zipped underarm vents
  • Abrasion resistant elastic binding on hem
  • Reflective piping on back and sleeves, logo on front and logo on sleeve
  • Material – Shell: 100% Polyester with a Windstopper ® Membrane, 100% Polyester, Robust Shell: 40% Nylon, 60% Polyurethane

Countdown
The Countdown is the weekend warrior tier, and includes products that
fit that lifestyle and usage level.  Some new pieces for the coming year
include the $170 Countdown SO Light jacket, which uses the Windstopper
Soft Shell, and has great ventilation, and reflective piping. They also
have the Countdown 2.0 AS pants, which use Windstopper Active, and the
bright-colored Countdown 2.0 jersey.

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