I spent the Springtime with Gore Wear. Fall is already on the way. In the PNW, Mother Nature just skipped spring and fast-forwarded to summer. I am thankful for the rain. The Methow Valley, where we ride, is not a powder keg this season. If I’m going to witness climate change in real-time and check the weather app a hundred times before a ride, I can’t think of a better kit to wear than Gore.
As shared in prior posts, I mix and match across their line to find the best combination. What works for me is the kind of clothing wearable anytime, anywhere, and made extra reliable through industrial design.
Other Gore Wear customers think the same way because the designers used specific elements, visual cues, and noticeable details in this release. Gore hasn’t told me this specifically, but I noticed an intent that their pieces, fabrics, and membrane technology work well together.
In other words, the mixed-use gear is not just a Gore membrane sewn between a protective layer. Or fleece or wind blocker anymore. See this story from Highsnobiety for an example of a similar coat I’ve worn in mountain rain storms, just not under the Haven name.
Most interesting in the Spring/Summer 22 release is the Cordura shorts. Gore hasn’t offered an abrasion-resistant outer layer in an MTB short that I remember or may have missed. I have a pair of their bib baggies. But with a different face fabric. Anyway, they’re breathable, comfortable, and stay in place with silicon bands where needed.
The detail that took me a ride to figure out was the endurance shorts have no rear pockets but extra big front pockets. I positioned my phone and car keys on either side of my thigh and never noticed them again. Additionally, the rugged shorts and shirt are appreciated when riding through burn scarred forest where conditions are unpredictable.
What I’m Wearing
My mix and match SS 22 includes
- Fade Jersey—$100, in club fit, the extra room holds your food
- Lupra Jacket—$180, top rated, very breathable and lightweight with an over-the-helmet hood.
- Fernflow Shorts—$130, made with four-way stretch Cordura fabric.
- Long distance Bib Shorts—$160, worn under the Fernflow shots and alone for rides.
- TrailKPR Daily Shirt—A rugged shirt I pair with the FernFlow shorts.
- TrailKPR Gloves—These are soldout. They’re also robust, lightweight, and comfortable.
More Springtime with Gore Wear Details
I asked Gore Wear for more details on the Fade Jersey and Long Distance Bibs.
Fade Jersey in Casual club fit
We wanted to create a modern graphic jersey in an ergonomic design, combined with enhanced comfort and moisture management. A jersey that looks good on and off the bike, made entirely of 100% recycled polyester.
Gore achieved this. For riding on gravel, I like the extra space around the hips to carry stuff. Club fit or not, a roomier jersey with gusseted back pockets will hold your food in place better than a tight-fighting one. If you start the ride with layers, it’s not an issue to stuff a vest into a pocket with food.
- Reflective details
- Zip with semi-lock slider
- Close fit collar
- Elastic grip on bottom hem
- Highly functional material mix for optimum comfort, high breathability and quick redrying time
- 3-gusseted back pockets
- Full length zip with underflap
- Lengthened sleeves and dropped tail for modern cycling fit
- Secure zip pocket on rear for keys or valuables
- Weight: 5.1 oz.
Long Distance Bibs
These shorts address the needs of endurance and long days in the saddle. Built for the long haul, technologies like low force elastic and flatlock seams ensure a secure, comfortable fit no matter how far you ride. Or, if you’re riding in the mountains.
I found that these shorts needed to break in. It’s true. After a few rides, I figured out how to arrange them on my body for the best fit. Now they are preferred. The preformed windproof cup enhances moisture management in high sweat zones on warm days and protects from wind chills on descents and in cooler weather.
Gore Wear is floating the pad with an innovative sewing technique. While the super stretch, ultra-fine fabric has a second-skin softness. The outer layer is highly breathable, fast-drying, and abrasion-resistant with an opaque finish.
- Highly breathable
- Quick-drying materials
- Wide flat bibs
- Radio pocket
- Reflective details
- Inseam length 23 cm / 9 inches
- Weight: 6.2 oz.
- Fabric: selectedFabric
- Visibility Stretch Lightweight
- Seat Insert With GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Cup
- Ideal for Road and inside baggies.